For this FoxyProxy guide we assume that you have either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox installed. You can download Chrome and Firefox from their dedicated pages. You will also need proxies. We recommend using our datacenter proxies for the purposes of this tutorial. You may also use our free proxies for testing purposes.
Step #1: Download FoxyProxy
As usual, the first step is to actually acquire the FoxyProxy Standard version. We recommend downloading the FoxyProxy extension right from the Chrome web store. While other versions of the extension might exist on the internet, anything that isn’t from the browser extension store runs the risk of being infected with malware.
Once you’ve added FoxyProxy, it might not be instantly visible. Click on the puzzle piece icon next to the three vertical dots in order to make the browser extension visible. If you want to have it permanently visible (recommended), click on the pin icon. FoxyProxy will now be permanently visible.
Step #2: Add a new proxy
Before you can get the FoxyProxy extension to do something, you need to add your proxies. You can do that by clicking on the icon on the extension. FoxyProxy will open a small pop-up window with 3 selections. Click “Options” to be taken to the proxy settings page.
Once the proxy settings page opens, there will be a small table listing out all the currently added proxies. If you’re doing this for the first time, only the “Default” profile will be available. Keep it as it’s a “no proxy” profile. Click on “Add New Proxy” to open another window.
There’s a lot going on with the new window. Start by clicking “Manual Proxy Configuration” if it hasn’t been automatically selected. Now, as with proxy management browser extensions, input the IP address and port number. If you’ve got a SOCKS proxy, tick the box, otherwise do nothing.
Once you’ve completed adding the IP address and port, tick “Save Login Credentials” unless your provider requires no authentication. That might often be the case with free proxies, but with paid ones, you’ll nearly always have a login. Saving login credentials will allow you to avoid putting them in each time.
Finally, you’re best off to give the proxy profile a name. Click on the General tab. Give the proxy a name and set a color if you like. After that simply click “Save” and the new proxy profile will appear in the list.
Step #3: Enable the proxies
Once you’ve saved the FoxyProxy profile, it will appear in the list previously mentioned. It should be automatically enabled. All you need to do now is to click on the context menu above the proxy profile table and select the relevant option.
You can also click on the FoxyProxy icon to get the same menu. If you’ve permanently enabled it in step #1, it should be visible right next to the browser’s extension menu.
Finally, there are some customization options that allow you to use proxies if certain conditions are met (also called the event handler). We recommend experimenting with those. However, we won’t go through them as there’s infinite combinations for these proxy options.
Step #1: Get the FoxyProxy extension
Head to the Mozilla Firefox add-on store to get the FoxyProxy extension. Click on the “Add to Firefox” button and agree to install it. An automatic “Thank You” page will open. Close it.
FoxyProxy should now have appeared at the top right corner of the menu, right next to the three dashes. Click on the icon and select “Options”. A new tab will open.
Step #2: Add proxies
You will be greeted with a completely new screen. There will be nothing in the center of it outside of a suggestion to click the “Add” button on the left side of the screen. Do exactly that.
Another FoxyProxy screen will open with a lot of options. Let’s start out by giving a name to the proxy profile in the “Title or Description” field.
After that, we should select the appropriate type of proxies. In most cases, proxies will be either HTTP(S) or SOCKS5. We will assume that you will be using HTTP proxies as these are the most popular. If it hasn’t been automatically selected, pick HTTP from the “Proxy Type” dropdown.
Finally, we arrive at the usual fields. Input the IP address, port number, and authentication details in the fields below the dropdown. Now simply click “Save”. You can add as many proxies and profiles as you like by following the same steps.
Step #3: Turn the proxies on
Once you’re done adding profiles and have clicked “Save”, you will be brought back to the main menu by the extension. FoxyProxy now has to be enabled. In order to do so, hover above all the newly added proxies to reach the dropdown menu. Click on it and select the profiles you want to enable.
You can also enable the profiles through the FoxyProxy button next to the toolbar. FoxyProxy will now display a shortened version of the profile name above the icon.
FoxyProxy provides the ability to use profiles only if certain criteria are met. While we won’t be delving deeper into these options, we recommend experimenting with everything FoxyProxy has to offer. Customization can come in handy!
FoxyProxy provides Firefox users with an easy and quick way to manage proxies. While it does work perfectly fine on Chrome, it’s not as intuitive on that browser. Nevertheless, FoxyProxy is still one of the best extensions for proxy management purposes.
One final note – FoxyProxy bypasses the issues Chrome has with proxies. Instead of using operating system proxy settings, FoxyProxy gives you the opportunity to manage them right from the browser. So while it’s less intuitive, it basically fills in an essential feature!
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