How to set up your proxy server in Firefox?

A proxy server is used widely to hide your actual presence and to create an alternative to browse through certain restricted locations on the internet and to surf using a different IP while requesting search on any restricted web page. A proxy server is very useful as it not only helps you access the geo-based restricted websites, but it also helps you to automate activities for performing bulk transactions with different identities.

Lately, there have been a lot of queries regarding the usage of the proxy server with Firefox. As Firefox uses system-wide proxy settings by default, you can still configure your proxy server with separate proxy settings. Firefox is a bit unique as its Chrome, Edge and the internet explorer won’t allow you to have a custom proxy server. This allows you to route only some web traffic using proxy without using it for any other application on the system. 

Don’t worry, we’ll help you to configure your proxy server settings on Mozilla Firefox. Just follow the below step-by-step.

  • Firstly, go to the Firefox menu and go to options 

After which you would have to click “Advanced” icon on the left which will take you to – 

  • Click the network tab and then click the settings button under the Connection head. 
  • After clicking, it gives you four different proxy options to change the default system-wide proxy settings. 
  • You can change this to the fourth option i.e. manual proxy configuration where you can change the proxy server settings as per the address provided by the proxy service provider or your employer. 
  • Enter the address of your proxy server for normal and unencrypted HTTP proxy connections on the HTTP proxy box. Then fill the port of your proxy server on the “Port” box. Usually, you’ll tick the “Use this proxy for all protocols” option. Your Firefox will also support your HTTP proxy server for SSL encrypted HTTPS and FTP connections.

 

  • You can untick the option “Use this proxy server for all protocols” if you want to enter a separate proxy server for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP connections. 
  • If you want to configure a SOCKS proxy, leave the HTTP, SSL, FTP proxy boxes empty and enter the address of your SOCKS proxy server and its respective port number into the “SOCKS host” option. 
  • Here you can also select between SOCKS v4 and SOCKS v5 as per your proxy server. If you don’t know then keep it clicked on SOCKS v5. 
  • Firefox also allows you to make your own list of addresses to bypass the proxy server, Enter these addresses in the “No proxy for” option below. 
  • You get addresses of the localhost and 121.0.0.1 by default. You can add more domain names and IP addresses in the list. Just make sure to separate each address on the list with a comma and space. 

This is the process of enabling your proxy server with Firefox. There might be some instances where your Firefox would be unable to configure your proxy server. 

At that time, you’ll need to go back to Firefox proxy server settings to either disable the proxy or to try and fix your proxy there. 

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