Our proxies have been tried and tested with many proxy plugins, including SwitchyOmega. You can be sure that setting up a proxy server with this browser extension is easy as it can be. To make it even easier, we’ve outlined a few simple steps to get you going with SwitchyOmega.
1. Download and install SwitchyOmega browser extension.
The proxy management tool SwitchyOmega is available for Chrome and Firefox and any operating system that supports them. The latter is still in an experimental period and is available only for builds above version 56. Additionally, some features of SwitchyOmega might not work as well on Firefox.
2. Open the SwitchyOmega Options tab
Usually, after adding SwitchyOmega to both Chrome and Firefox, a new tab will automatically appear. If that happens, click “Skip Guide” and you will be faced with the options screen.
If no new tab is opened, click on the SwitchyOmega icon on the top right corner of your browser and select Options.
For Firefox browser:
For Chrome browser:
If the SwitchyOmega icon is not immediately visible on Chrome, you might need to click on the puzzle piece icon first.
After clicking Options, you will be greeted with the screen shown in the first screenshot.
3. Set up a new profile
On the main menu of SwitchyOmega, click on the New Profile option on the left side of your screen.
You will be greeted with a pop-up screen. Input the name of your profile, select Proxy Profile (if it hasn’t been done so by default) and click Create.
4. Input your proxy settings
After you’ve created your SwitchyOmega profile, a part of the screen will change. On the right side, you can now add the domain and port of your proxy, and select the protocol necessary.
If you haven’t got reliable proxies, use our datacenter proxies which will be delivered in an easy-to-use domain:port format.
Before you are allowed to configure proxies, you need to select the protocol. For Razorproxy proxy configuration use HTTP. That will apply in most cases, but always defer to those who provide proxies first.
In most cases, you will need authentication. In your proxy profile screen, click the lock button to the right of the “Port” field. A new pop-up will appear.
In these settings, input the USERNAME:PASSWORD you got from your proxy provider. Once these proxy settings are finalized, click “Save changes”. You don’t need to use these proxy settings if you have a whitelisted IP or use a provider that has no authentication.
One final step is to save everything you’ve done up to this point. On the left hand side of the screen, there’s a green button that says “Apply changes”.
5. Turn on SwitchyOmega
Now, all you have to do is turn on SwitchyOmega. Once you’ve got your profile going, go out of the main SwitchyOmega screen. It’s recommended that you don’t close the tab for now.
Once you’re there, click on the SwitchyOmega icon as outlined in the second step. Instead of going to “Options”, however, select the proxy profile you’ve created. Note that if the SwitchyOmega profile isn’t visible, it is likely you haven’t clicked “Apply changes”.
If you haven’t closed the tab, you can go back to the SwitchyOmega main screen and select “Apply changes” now.
That’s it! Now you can manage your proxies with just one click. There will be no need to dig through system proxy settings.
You can use a lot of proxies with SwitchyOmega as well. There are several ways to do so. First, you can set up many proxy profiles and change them manually. In order to do so, you’ll have to go through the same steps outlined above.
Another way to switch between multiple proxies is to use the Switch profile function. Once you’re done setting up as many profiles as you need, go back to the “New profile” section and pick “Proxy Switch”. Create a new SwitchyOmega profile.
In the following screen, you’ll need to select one of a few options. You can match any URL or set of them by using a wildcard (also known as asterisk) character. A wildcard means essentially “any amount of any characters”.
You can then select all your proxy profiles and the one you want to use on the specified URL. SwitchyOmega will automatically apply the rule and change proxies accordingly. Additionally, SwitchyOmega lets you import rules from others to automatically control proxies based on those settings.
SwitchyOmega, as a proxy management tool, is a little more powerful than we’ve shown in this article. You can make the management rules much more complex and apply them with greater finesse. SwitchyOmega can be just as great or even better than other proxy management tools such as Proxy Switchy.
As a result, we highly recommend tinkering a bit with SwitchyOmega! However, what we’ve shown there is more than enough for anyone who is a regular proxy user.
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