NodeJS download slower than chrome Possible to simulate browser

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It takes almost 10 seconds to download the audio file from here using NodeJS, whereas the same download takes less than a second using the browser. I've tried a variety of request libraries, so it's possible that the source slows down non-browser requests??

Would it be feasible to imitate a browser request or adjust certain settings such that the NodeJS download is as fast as the browser download if this is the case? Thanks!

EDIT: I've tried the following code:

https.get({
  host: q.host,
  path: q.path,
  headers: { 'User-Agent': 'Mozilla/5.0'}
}, (response) => {
  response.pipe(filePath).on('finish', () => {
    console.log('done')
})
May 27, 2022 in Node-js by Vaani
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It appears that the browser is not downloading the complete audio stream at once, but rather downloading it in chunks via byte ranges so that it can start playing almost instantly. Your nodejs code, on the other hand, is attempting to download the complete audio file. It also appears to be using the QUIC protocol (designed for faster downloads).
answered May 30, 2022 by Neha
• 9,060 points

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