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Always adding http_proxy support when using Ruby’s Net:HTTP

Recently there have been a number of times I’ve needed to use Ruby’s Net:HTTP library. Because I develop inside a company firewall, all HTTP traffic has to go through a proxy. This means our libraries always need the Proxy support that Net:HTTP has. This means we now have a common idiom, and here it is:

require 'ostruct'
url = URI.parse("")
proxy = ENV['http_proxy'] ? URI.parse(ENV['http_proxy']) :
conn = Net::HTTP::Proxy(, proxy.port).new(, url.port)

Simple! You can use this every time, and your lib will have proxy support based on the http_proxy environment variable being set. If it’s not set, then it will just carry on as expected.

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