WinHttpGetIEProxyConfigForCurrentUser function (winhttp.h)

The WinHttpGetIEProxyConfigForCurrentUser function retrieves the Internet Explorer proxy configuration for the current user.


WINHTTPAPI BOOL WinHttpGetIEProxyConfigForCurrentUser(


[in, out] pProxyConfig

A pointer, on input, to a WINHTTP_CURRENT_USER_IE_PROXY_CONFIG structure. On output, the structure contains the Internet Explorer proxy settings for the current active network connection (for example, LAN, dial-up, or VPN connection).

Return value

Returns TRUE if successful, or FALSE otherwise. For extended error information, call GetLastError. Among the error codes returned are the following.

Error Code Description
No Internet Explorer proxy settings can be found.
An internal error has occurred.
Not enough memory was available to complete the requested operation. (Windows error code)


In Internet Explorer, the proxy settings are found on the Connections tab of the Tools / Internet Options menu option. Proxy settings are configured on a per-connection basis; that is, the proxy settings for a LAN connection are separate from those for a dial-up or VPN connection. WinHttpGetIEProxyConfigForCurrentUser returns the proxy settings for the current active connection.

This function is useful in client applications running in network environments in which the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery (WPAD) protocol is not implemented (meaning that no Proxy Auto-Configuration file is available). If a PAC file is not available, then the WinHttpGetProxyForUrl function fails. The WinHttpGetIEProxyConfigForCurrentUser function can be used as a fall-back mechanism to discover a workable proxy configuration by retrieving the user's proxy configuration in Internet Explorer.

This function should not be used in a service process that does not impersonate a logged-on user.If the caller does not impersonate a logged on user, WinHTTP attempts to retrieve the Internet Explorer settings for the current service process: for example, the local service or the network service. If the Internet Explorer settings are not configured for these system accounts, the call to WinHttpGetIEProxyConfigForCurrentUser will fail.

The caller must free the lpszProxy, lpszProxyBypass and lpszAutoConfigUrl strings in the WINHTTP_CURRENT_USER_IE_PROXY_CONFIG structure if they are non-NULL. Use GlobalFree to free the strings.


Minimum supported client Windows XP, Windows 2000 Professional with SP3 [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Server with SP3 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header winhttp.h
Library Winhttp.lib
DLL Winhttp.dll

See also

WinHTTP Versions