Is there a program that allows my server to act as a proxy?

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I wanted to know if there is any opensource program out there that allows my server to act as a proxy?

Any leads?

#act #program #proxy #server
  • Profile picture of the author SeeSharp
    Hello andrewsyc,
    Yeah there are programs like that but which ones to use depends on the operating system of your server so please name your os and I will give you further advice.

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  • Profile picture of the author EricHall
    Also is this a dedicated server or are you on a shared hosting account. Most hosts will not allow this unless you are a dedicated server.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rozanne
    I think you will have to discuss this issue with your current web hosting company. They should be able to guide you towards the right direction. FYI, most of the hosting companies won't allow to use server as proxy so don't forget to read your service providers TOS.
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  • Profile picture of the author kamirao
    squid is a very well known proxy server in linux community. don't know much about it
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    • Profile picture of the author andrewsyc
      The OS is CentOS Linux. It's a VPS.

      Using one of my servers as a proxy was something I was just thinking about doing for several reasons. TOR is too slow and because the server is already available it is cheaper than using a service like


      Yeah, Squid looks like something to try.
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  • Profile picture of the author ranktrackerpro
    Sure. Get a cheap VPS and set up Squid.

    The config is fairly easy to read and modify and it's up to you to decide how anonymous you want the proxy to be.

    Also you can get more IP addresses (at $1/mo) and route all of them through the same VPS.

    I have this running and since then I stopped paying for private proxies I used to buy before.

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  • Profile picture of the author RobKonrad
    Why not use a professional proxy service? Probably easier to set up...

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  • Profile picture of the author jamespitt
    Squid is very easy to setup. The best way to use it is to use ssh to forward port '3128' to the port '3128' on your server (the default squid port). Then you don't have to open things up to the world. By default under centos it's pretty secure be default. Using port forward is a secure way to do this, without having squid passwords that can be hacked.

    Btw - very handy hint if you are in an office that they restrict your internet is to set the ssh port of you server to 443 (the https port) and then use the squid to browse.

    Anyway - to forward a port, download 'putty'. Google to find out more info on it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Anthoni
      You can set up a simple proxy service using curl, however most hosting companies do not like you doing this, so might have to check with them firsthand.

      However, I have had no problem setting up a PHP / curl proxy system on 1and1 hosting servers, even under heavy load. We have the business package with them though, so I am not 100% sure if this affects the outcome. Might be worth looking into.

      Hope this helps.
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