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How to Configure a Proxy Server in Your Firefox Browser

If you want your web browser traffic to go through a proxy exclusively, then the Firefox browser from Mozilla is arguably the best option today. Like most other browsers Firefox will use your systems proxy settings by default. However, it does have the option to configure separate proxy settings that only affect your browsing.

How to Setup a Proxy Server in Mozilla Firefox

Firefox browser lets you directly connect to a proxy without using third-party tools or applications. This setup grants you anonymity, access to geo-blocked content, and improves overall security.

To set up and use a proxy server in Firefox, follow these steps:

1. Open Firefox and on the top right-hand corner, click the menu button, and select Options.

2. At the bottom of the General panel page, go to the Network Settings section.

3. Click Settings. It will open the Connection Settings dialogue box. The dialogue box gives you the following options:

  • No proxy: Select this option if you don't want to use a proxy server.
  • Auto-detect proxy for this network: If you choose this option, Firefox will automatically detect proxy settings for your network.
  • Use system proxy settings: With this option, Firefox will use your operating system's proxy settings configuration. If there aren't any, then Firefox will not use proxy settings.
  • Manual proxy configuration: This option allows you to select custom proxy settings that apply to Firefox alone. You would use this option only if you have access to more than one proxy.

Once you choose this option, you need to configure your proxy server settings yourself. Ensure you get the configuration settings you need from your proxy service provider or system administrator before selecting this option. If you're going to use the same settings for the HTTPS, and FTP protocols, check the Also use this proxy for FTP and HTTPS option. If your HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP proxies are different, then leave this box unchecked.

  • SOCKS Host

If you're configuring a SOCKS proxy, input the proxy's address into SOCKS Host and the port in the Port box. Remember to leave the HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP proxy settings blank. Keep in mind that SOCKS v5 is the default connection for Firefox. If your proxy uses the older standard, then you need to select SOCKS v4. If you're not sure about the proxy connection type, leave the settings on default.

  • Automatic proxy configuration URL

This is the option you should use if you have a proxy configuration pack. Enter the URL and click Okay to load the proxy configuration and save changes. You can also use file: and data: schemes here. For example, file:///c:/proxy.pac or data:,function FindProxyForURL(){return “HTTPS example.iproyal.com:3443 ”;}. The Reload button will reset your proxy settings and reload the proxy configuration that is currently available.

  • No Proxy for

This setting allows you to list addresses that will ignore the proxy settings. By default, this list includes addresses that point to your local PC, Localhost, and 127.0.0.1. This allows the Firefox browser to directly access a web server running on your PC rather than going through the proxy.

Adding other IP addresses and domain names to this list is easy - just make sure a comma and space separate them. For example, if you want Firefox to access IPRoyal.com directly, you simply add iproyal.com to the list.

If Firefox cannot access your proxy server, if your proxy server or internet connection is down, or if you wrongly entered the proxy configuration, you will get an "Unable to find the proxy server" message when you try to access any website. You will need to reset the proxy server settings in Firefox and either disable the proxy server or correct the proxy settings for you to access the internet.

You may configure your Firefox settings correctly, have a good ISP, but having a bad proxy service provider will ruin your browsing experience.

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