I Use This!
Activity Not Available
Analyzed about 2 years ago. based on code collected about 2 years ago.

Project Summary

pacparser is a library to parse proxy auto-config (PAC) files. Proxy auto-config files are a vastly used proxy configuration method these days. Web browsers can use a PAC file to determine which proxy server to use or whether to go direct for a given URL. PAC files are written in JavaScript and can be programmed to return different proxy methods (e.g. "PROXY proxy1:port; DIRECT") depending upon URL, source IP address, protocol, time of the day etc. PAC files introduce a lot of possibilities. Look at the wikipedia link above to find out more about them.

Needless to say, PAC files are now a widely accepted method for proxy configuration management and companies all over are using them in corporate environment. Almost all popular web browsers support PAC files. The idea behind pacparser is to make it easy to add this PAC file parsing capability to any program (C and python supported right now). It comes as a shared C library and a python module which can be used to make any C or python program PAC scripts intelligent. Some very useful targets could be popular web software like wget, curl and python-urllib.

Please look at the README and other links for more information.

Usage ExamplesUsing it with python:

>>> import pacparser
>>> pacparser.init()
>>> pacparser.parse_pac('examples/wpad.dat')
>>> pacparser.find_proxy('http://www.google.com', 'www.google.com')
'PROXY proxy1.manugarg.com:3128; PROXY proxy2.manugarg.com:3128; DIRECT'
>>> pacparser.find_proxy('http://www2.manugarg.com', 'www2.manugarg.com')
>>> pacparser.cleanup()
>>>Using it in C:

manugarg@hobbiton:~$ cat pactest.c

int pacparser_init();
int pacparser_parse_pac(char* pacfile);
char *pacparser_find_proxy(char *url, char *host);
void pacparser_cleanup();

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
char *proxy;
proxy = pacparser_find_proxy(argv[2], argv[3]);
printf("%s\n", proxy);

manugarg@hobbiton:~$ gcc -o pactest pactest.c -lpacparser
manugarg@hobbiton:~$ ./pactest wpad.dat http://www.google.com www.google.com
PROXY proxy1.manugarg.com:3128; PROXY proxy2.manugarg.com:3128; DIRECT


c http library pac proxy proxyauto-config python web wpad

GNU Library or "Lesser" GPL (LGPL)

Place Warranty

Use Patent Claims

Commercial Use





Hold Liable


Distribute Original

Disclose Source

Include Copyright

State Changes

Include License

Include Install Instructions

These details are provided for information only. No information here is legal advice and should not be used as such.

All Licenses

This Project has No vulnerabilities Reported Against it

Did You Know...

  • ...
    Black Duck offers a free trial so you can discover if there are open source vulnerabilities in your code
  • ...
    you can subscribe to e-mail newsletters to receive update from the Open Hub blog
  • ...
    there are over 3,000 projects on the Open Hub with security vulnerabilities reported against them
  • ...
    you can embed statistics from Open Hub on your site


3 Other

30 Day Summary

Apr 10 2016 — May 10 2016

12 Month Summary

May 10 2015 — May 10 2016
  • 42 Commits
    Up + 33 (366%) from previous 12 months
  • 6 Contributors
    Up + 5 (500%) from previous 12 months