proxy settings for the command line


When using applications from the command line,
you will sometimes need to setup a specific proxy for them to use, if you don’t have a direct access to the Internet from the server you are working on.

in some of these application you can setup this through the app switches itself, but simpler apps just use the system network settings.

to fix this you can first check what current settings you have now with:

ENV | grep -i proxy

this should show you the current proxy settings you have.

to add your own settings do:

export http_proxy=”http://<proxy-server-ip>:<port>”
export ftp_proxy=”http://<proxy-server-ip>:<port>”

for example:

export http_proxy=”″

after that, just run your command line app, it should pick up and use these settings.



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10 thoughts on “proxy settings for the command line”

  1. we use an “ssh -D 1080 company.server socks5″ proxy as a simple VPN-like solution to access the intranet (which is in a datacenter) from our workstations.

    proxies are not just about anonymity…
    they are like a glue between services.

    you can plug in services to a proxy and provide common features to them, like authentication, authorization, load balancing, clustering, caching, logging.

    this allows you to keep the services simple and hence robust and abstracted from the actual infrastructure they are built into.

    1. onetom: sure, the whole post wasnt just about anonymity – it was aimed at allowing Linux command line applications reach the internet via an internal proxy server. I totally agree :)

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