Marc Betts
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How Do I Test That?

mitmproxy scripts

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Marc Betts
·Nov 5, 2021·

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I've been using a mitmproxy for a few years now and have posted about it a few times. One feature that I've only recently begun using is the its script feature. Which is a shame, because this is an incredibly powerful feature. As a bonus, it's been forcing me to learn a little bit more Python.

Here's a couple examples. One for how to use the script to alter a network request and another to handle a response.

Add a 5 to 7 second delay to every request:

import random
from time import sleep
from mitmproxy import http

def request(flow: http.HTTPFlow) -> None:
    delay = random.uniform(5, 7)

Intercept response and randomly return error for a percentage of the responses:

import random
from mitmproxy import http
from mitmproxy import ctx

# percentage of requests to fail
ERROR_RATE = 10"Setting errorRate to {ERROR_RATE}")

# list of failure codes to use
ERROR_CODES = [400, 403, 500, 502, 503, 504]

def response(flow: http.HTTPFlow) -> None:
    if random.randrange(1, 101) <= ERROR_RATE:
        flow.response.status_code = random.choice(ERROR_CODES)
        flow.response.content = None

To use these scripts, pass them as a command line argument when starting mitmproxy:

mitmproxy --listen-port 8989 --ssl-insecure 
--set console_mouse=false -s

I use these scripts mostly when testing mobile apps to control requests between app and backend server. Here are some other examples I've explored:

  • Add error responses for specific endpoints
  • Overriding data in response body (ex. override a config request without having to make backend changes)
  • Schema validation of request and response body
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