Soxy - Quick and easy SOCKS proxy management
Download Soxy and extract the
soxy file to your machine.
Copy the provided
config.sample file to
~/.soxy/config and edit it for your configuration:
REMOTE_USER='YOUR_USERNAME' REMOTE_HOST='TARGET_HOSTNAME' REMOTE_PORT='22' LOCAL_PORT='1080' AUTO_RECONNECT=false
soxy file executable by running:
chmod +x /path/to/soxy
Add a bash alias by adding the following to
If you haven't already, you will also need to generate an RSA key pair with the following command:
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "<your_hostname>"
Now copy your public key to the remote host with the following command:
You can now start the SOCKS proxy connection with the following command:
Navigate to [Gear Icon] -> System Settings -> Network. Select Network proxy from
the left hand menu. Under the Method drop-down box, select
Socks Host enter
localhost, and enter the port you used (default is
From the Firefox menu navigate to Preferences -> Advanced -> Network (tab) then
under the Connection heading click on the Settings button. In the menu that pops
up select Manual proxy configuration. Now set the SOCKS Host to
and the corresponding Port to the port you specified (default is
Additionally, enable DNS request proxying by checking "Remote DNS"
You can use this Plugin: Proxy SwitchyOmega
It's also possible to define black/white lists based on URL patterns and control exactly which route should be used (multiple proxies possible + direct).
Run on Start Up (Ubuntu)
You can configure Soxy to start at boot by adding it to Startup Applications in
Ubuntu. Navigate to [Gear Icon] -> Startup Applications and click the Add
button. For name enter "Soxy", then for Command put
and hit the Add button.
Now, whenever you first log into your system, Soxy will automatically start a SOCKS connection for you.
Periodically Check Connection and Automatically Re-connect
User cron jobs can be defined with
crontab -e on most linux distributions. A
possible setup could look like this:
## run every 10 minutes */10 * * * * /path/to/soxy status
If you want the script to attempt a re-connect as soon as the connection drops,
you can set
AUTO_RECONNECT=true in your
Start the SOCKS connection
Stop the SOCKS connection
Restart the SOCKS connection (stops then starts)
Get the status of the SOCKS connection
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at: Chris@ChrisKankiewicz.com
To report a bug, visit the issue tracker on Github at: https://github.com/PHLAK/Soxy/issues
Copyright (c) 2015 Chris Kankewicz & Charles Bock
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