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Simonas Svegzda

Jan 30, 2020 6 min read

Most browsers today are light years ahead from where they were a decade ago. They are significantly snappier, safer, and more efficient. Yet, it would probably not be easy for most to remember the last time a useful or fun improvement was introduced for browser tools such as tabs or bookmarks, both essentially unchanged since their inception. Gladly, in terms of innovation, usefulness, and making geeks with niche software needs happy, extensions reign supreme. FoxyProxy, a case in point, is a third-party extension that enables configuring proxies on Chrome or Firefox in ways that were hardly possible before. All chit-chat aside, let’s take a look at what FoxyProxy is and how to configure it with Oxylabs proxies:

Set up FoxyProxy on Chrome

Unlike Firefox, Chrome does not offer even basic proxy configuration features in its settings, instead sending users to system-level settings. It does seem rather lazy at first, but then again, maybe they have a secret deal with FoxyProxy. Finally, it is time to set up FoxyProxy on Chrome:

1. After installing the extension, click on its icon in the menu and choose Options.

2. In the Options window, click the Add new proxy button, located on the right sidebar.

3. In the new window, choose manual configuration and fill in the details and your credentials for either residential or data center proxies (read more below).

For residential proxies, simply follow the example below. But if you want to connect Oxylabs data center proxies instead, you will need to type the IP you were provided with and use ports, according to the type of authentication. If you use user/pass authentication, use port 60000. If you have whitelisted your IP, the port is 65432.

Please note: In Username (optional) field enter your username containing all filter parameters. Don’t forget to add customer- before your username. Also, If you instead have your IP whitelisted, leave authentication fields blank and the plugin will authorize you through it.

4. After saving, there is one last step. To activate Oxylabs proxies, click on the extension’s menu icon and then click again on the Oxylabs proxies profile from the drop-down menu.

That’s it. To find out if everything is working properly, you can check if your IP address changed at sites such as WhatismyIP.com.

Set up FoxyProxy on Firefox

Unlike Chrome, Firefox offers its users the ability to configure proxies out-of-the-box. It even has some automation and customization features. Despite this difference, the process of setting up FoxyProxy on Firefox is almost the same as on Chrome.

1. After installing the extension, click on its icon in the menu and choose Options.

2. In the Options window, click the Add button, located on the left.

3. In the new window, choose manual configuration and fill in the details and your credentials for either residential or data center proxies (read more below).

For residential proxies, simply follow the example below. But if you want to connect Oxylabs data center proxies instead, you will need to type the IP you were provided with and use ports, according to the type of authentication. If you use user/pass authentication, use port 60000. If you have whitelisted your IP, the port is 65432.

Please note: In Username (optional) field enter your username containing all filter parameters. Don’t forget to add customer- before your username. Also, If you instead have your IP whitelisted, leave authentication fields blank and the plugin will authorize you through it.


4. After saving, click on the extension’s menu icon and choose Oxylabs proxies from the drop down menu.

Now if you wish to find out if your traffic is now routed through a proxy, check if your IP address changed at WhatismyIP.com or a similar service.

What is FoxyProxy?

FoxyProxy is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that offers powerful proxy configuration functionality. It simplifies configuring proxies on browsers and also provides features such as auto-switching, online rule lists, event handling and more.

What benefits does FoxyProxy offer?

With its advanced features, FoxyProxy allows using proxies with greater flexibility. It means that in addition to the better-known benefits offered by proxies alone, such as IP masking or bypassing geo-restrictions, FoxyProxy lets users create rules and patterns that automatically switch proxies based on URL type. In other words, it makes it possible to automatically use specific proxies for specific websites, among its other features.

What should you know when using FoxyProxy?

The belief that using proxies makes one completely anonymous and untraceable online is still relatively popular, yet it is less accurate today than ever before. Going further than just tracking IP addresses and using HTTP cookies, modern online tracking techniques are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and reliable. If it sounds interesting, we recommend reading our blog post on browser fingerprinting, a powerful online tracking method that is growing in popularity.

Wrapping up

FoxyProxy is a great example of a browser extention that goes above and beyond to deliver useful features, no matter how niche they might be. So whether it’s Chrome or Firefox that you prefer, you now have all the knowledge needed to start working with FoxyProxy.

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About Simonas Svegzda

Simonas Svegzda is a Content Manager at Oxylabs. Early on, he developed an interest in blogging, online media, internet culture, and what makes the online world spin (you guessed it, it's content). When he’s not fully immersed in extraordinary cyberspace adventures (not giggling at memes), you’ll probably find him at a live music gig or reading fiction.

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