How to setup a proxy server on Linux (free)

A quick tutorial to show how you can easily be more anonymous online.


Okay if you’re ready let’s jump right in. You may want to start by checking what isn’t private there are a few ways to do this but for an easy way go to: DNS Leak Test

Disclaimer: Use at your own risk. This tutorial is for educational purposes and I don’t condone any illegal actions that one may be tempted to do with a newfound anonymity.

  1. Install some tools

Type or copy/paste those commands in your terminal. (may be different if you’re not on a Debian based Linux distro)

sudo apt-get install tor
sudo apt-get install proxychains

Tor is optional if you have some other services. (you can google for free proxies) Proxychains is the tool we’ll use.

2. Edit proxychains.conf

Once you have installed the tools we will need to setup proxychains. Edit the config file using the command below.

sudo nano /etc/proxychains.conf

This will open a text editor in your terminal. Use the arrow keys to navigate. This is what we’ll do:
- enable dynamic chains
- disable strict chain
- enable proxy_dns
- add tor socks5
The # are comments to enable a setting you uncomment it ( remove the # ) and to disable just add a # For example enable dynamic chains, it should look like this:


Do the above steps except for socks5 I’ll explain that below. After you changed the settings it should look something like this

# Dynamic - Each connection will be done via chained proxies
# all proxies chained in the order as they appear in the list
# at least one proxy must be online to play in chain
# (dead proxies are skipped)
# otherwise EINTR is returned to the app
# Strict - Each connection will be done via chained proxies
# all proxies chained in the order as they appear in the list
# all proxies must be online to play in chain
# otherwise EINTR is returned to the app
# Random - Each connection will be done via random proxy
# (or proxy chain, see chain_len) from the list.
# this option is good to test your IDS :)
# Make sense only if random_chain
#chain_len = 2
# Quiet mode (no output from library)
# Proxy DNS requests - no leak for DNS data

Then scroll to the bottom you’ll see some things about proxylist, and examples. You should see something like:

# add proxy here ...
# meanwile
# defaults set to "tor"
socks4 9050

Below that add the same information as the one above, but as a socks5:

socks5 9050

Socks5 is just the best version. If you have your own proxies that you found elsewhere this is where you add them.

Now save by pressing:
Exit by pressing: CTRL + X

Finally, make sure tor service is running by doing:

service tor status

Check if it’s running then press CTRL + C to exit. If it’s not running type:

service tor start

The moment of truth now. Use it to open Firefox and test if it’s working by entering this:

proxychains firefox

See if it shows a different location /IP address and do a test.

It works! I teleported to Germany. If you have comments or issues feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading! You get +10 xp for making it to the end! In the next tutorial we’ll set up a VPN.

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