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Before launching Privoxy for the first time, you will want to configure your browser(s) to use Privoxy as a HTTP and HTTPS proxy. The default is 127.0.0.1 (or localhost) for the proxy address, and port 8118 (earlier versions used port 8000). This is the one configuration step that must be done!
Please note that Privoxy can only proxy HTTP and HTTPS traffic. It will not work with FTP or other protocols.
With Netscape (and Mozilla), this can be set under:
For Internet Explorer:
Then, check "Use Proxy" and fill in the appropriate info (Address: 127.0.0.1, Port: 8118). Include HTTPS (SSL), if you want HTTPS proxy support too.
After doing this, flush your browser's disk and memory caches to force a re-reading of all pages and to get rid of any ads that may be cached. You are now ready to start enjoying the benefits of using Privoxy!
Privoxy is typically started by specifying the main configuration file to be used on the command line. If no configuration file is specified on the command line, Privoxy will look for a file named config in the current directory. Except on Win32 where it will try config.txt.
We use a script. Note that Red Hat does not start Privoxy upon booting per default. It will use the file /etc/privoxy/config as its main configuration file.
We use a script. Note that Debian starts Privoxy upon booting per default. It will use the file /etc/privoxy/config as its main configuration file.
We use a script. It will use the file /etc/privoxy/config as its main configuration file. Note that SuSE starts Privoxy upon booting your PC.
Click on the Privoxy Icon to start Privoxy. If no configuration file is specified on the command line, Privoxy will look for a file named config.txt. Note that Windows will automatically start Privoxy upon booting you PC.
Example Unix startup command:
During installation, Privoxy is configured to start automatically when the system restarts. You can start it manually by double-clicking on the Privoxy icon in the Privoxy folder.
During installation, Privoxy is configured to start automatically when the system restarts. To start Privoxy by hand, double-click on the StartPrivoxy.command icon in the /Library/Privoxy folder. Or, type this command in the Terminal:
You will be prompted for the administrator password.
Start Privoxy (with RUN <>NIL:) in your startnet script (AmiTCP), in s:user-startup (RoadShow), as startup program in your startup script (Genesis), or as startup action (Miami and MiamiDx). Privoxy will automatically quit when you quit your TCP/IP stack (just ignore the harmless warning your TCP/IP stack may display that Privoxy is still running).
A script is again used. It will use the file /etc/privoxy/config as its main configuration file.
Note that Privoxy is not automatically started at boot time by default. You can change this with the rc-update command.
Privoxy may be invoked with the following command-line options: