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Tinyproxy is a small, efficient HTTP/SSL proxy daemon released under the GNU General Public License. Tinyproxy is very useful in a small network setting, where a larger proxy would either be too resource intensive, or a security risk. One of the key features of Tinyproxy is the buffering connection concept. In effect, Tinyproxy will buffer a high speed response from a server, and then relay it to a client at the highest speed the client will accept. This feature greatly reduces the problems with sluggishness on the Internet. If you are sharing an Internet connection with a small network, and you only want to allow HTTP requests to be allowed, then Tinyproxy is a great tool for the network administrator.

For more info, please visit the Tinyproxy web site.


Tinyproxy uses a standard GNU configure script based on the automake system. If compiling from a git checkout, you need to first run


from the top level directory to generate the configure script. The release tarball contains the pre-created configure script, so when building from a release, you can skip this step. Then basically all you need to do is

make install

in the top level directory to compile and install Tinyproxy. There are additional command line arguments you can supply to configure. They include:

  • --enable-debug: If you would like to turn on full debugging support.

  • --enable-xtinyproxy: Compile in support for the XTinyproxy header, which is sent to any web server in your domain.

  • --enable-filter: Allows Tinyproxy to filter out certain domains and URLs.

  • --enable-upstream: Enable support for proxying connections through another proxy server.

  • --enable-transparent: Allow Tinyproxy to be used as a transparent proxy daemon. Unlike other work modes, transparent proxying doesn't require explicit configuration and works automatically when traffic is redirected to the proxy using the appropriate firewall rules.

  • --enable-reverse: Enable reverse proxying.

  • --with-stathost=HOST: Set the default name of the stats host.

For more information about the build system, read the INSTALL file that is generated by and comes with the release tar ball.


If you are having problems with Tinyproxy, please raise an issue on github.


If you would like to contribute a feature, or a bug fix to the Tinyproxy source, please clone the git repository from github and create a pull request.


You can meet developers and users to discuss development, patches and deployment issues in the #tinyproxy IRC channel on libera (