How to Configure Ubuntu desktop to use your proxy server

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If you are having ubuntu desktop/laptop in your office or home behind proxy this tutorial is for you.This tutorial will explain How to Configure Ubuntu desktop/laptop to use your proxy server.

Network Proxy

Ubuntu has a setting in gnome for the Network Proxy, which should set gnome’s proxy.

First go to System--->Preferences--->Network Proxy


Once it opens click on "Proxy Configuration" and enter your proxy server,port number details click Close.


Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic Package Manager must have the proxy set, in order to update your installation using the in-built Update Manager or Synaptic GUI.

Go to System--->Administration--->Synaptic Package Manager


Once Synaptic Package Manager opens click on Settings--->Preferences


Click on Network tab select Manual Proxy Configuration option and enter your proxy server,port details.If you have username,password click on Authentication to enter these details click on ok


Firefox proxy Configuration

Open your firefox browser go to Edit--->Preferences


Click on Advanced and select Network tab


Select Settings option


Now select Manual Proxy Configuration and enter your proxy server,port details click on ok


Terminal Proxy

If you want to configure proxy for apt-get,aptitude,wget use the following procedure

First you need to edit /etc/bash.bashrc file

gksudo gedit /etc/bash.bashrc

Add your proxy server details in the following format

export http_proxy=http://username:password@proxyhost:port/
export ftp_proxy=http://username:password@proxyhost:port/

Save and exit the file

Update the source list and you can restart your system

sudo apt-get update

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43 thoughts on “How to Configure Ubuntu desktop to use your proxy server

  1. Setting up apt-get to use a http-proxy

    These are three methods of using apt-get with a http-proxy.

    Temporary proxy session

    This is a temporary method that you can manually use each time you want to use apt-get through a http-proxy. This method is useful if you only want to temporarily use a http-proxy.

    Enter this line in the terminal prior to using apt-get (substitute your details for yourproxyaddress and proxyport).

    export http_proxy=http://yourproxyaddress:proxyport

    APT configuration file method

    This method uses the apt.conf file which is found in your /etc/apt/ directory. This method is useful if you only want apt-get (and not other applications) to use a http-proxy permanently.

    IconsPage/info.png On some installations there will be no apt-conf file set up. This procedure will either edit an existing apt-conf file or create a new apt-conf file.

    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/apt.conf

    Add this line to your /etc/apt/apt.conf file (substitute your details for yourproxyaddress and proxyport).

    Acquire::http::Proxy “http://yourproxyaddress:proxyport”;

    Save the apt.conf file.

    BASH rc method

    This method adds a two lines to your .bashrc file in your $HOME directory. This method is useful if you would like apt-get and other applications for instance wget, to use a http-proxy.

    gedit ~/.bashrc

    Add these lines to the bottom of your ~/.bashrc file (substitute your details for yourproxyaddress and proxyport)

    export http_proxy

    Save the file. Close your terminal window and then open another terminal window or source the ~/.bashrc file:

    source ~/.bashrc

    Test your proxy with sudo apt-get update and whatever networking tool you desire. You can use firestarter or conky to see active connections.

    If you make a mistake and go back to edit the file again, you can close the terminal and reopen it or you can source ~/.bashrc as shown above.

    source ~/.bashrc

    How to login a proxy user

    If you need to login to the Proxy server this can be achieved in most cases by using the following layout in specifying the proxy address in http-proxy. (substitute your details for username, password, yourproxyaddress and proxyport)


  2. i am using Automatic proxy configuration url in my ubuntu 10.04 as mentioned in my college instructions. so i don’t know the port number. i am using ubuntu for the first time. how can i configure my ubuntu then. plz reply asap.

  3. i was new to ubuntu. i used this above mentioned procedure for my ubuntu 11.04. still my firefox or apt-get

    i checked apt-get by installing the package graphviz, here is the result

    saikirangvr@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install graphviz
    [sudo] password for saikirangvr:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package graphviz is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘graphviz’ has no installation candidate

    can u please hjelp me……….

  4. here is the result after the next restart

    sudo apt-get update

    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/

    what messed up?
    please help me……..

  5. it does not happen in mine as without my proxy configuration i cant install anything………..

  6. Open terminal :

    Then past ;
    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/apt.conf

    then change to
    Acquire::http::Proxy “http://username:passward@yourproxyaddress:proxyport”;

    Acquire::http::Proxy “http://KSS:5543@”;

    sudo apt-get update

  7. I can’t understand what they told for to change the proxy setting for ubuntu terminal.please help me clearly i am new ubuntu .

    we are using college server in this every time opening firefox it shows squid proxy caching server require username and password .By giving username and password after enter ok then it shows can access internet , but in terminal we cannot able to update anything

  8. These instructions will configure FIREFOX/mozilla to use the proxy server. The instructions here DO NOT configure Ubuntu to use your proxyserver. In other words, everything that does not use Firefox will be unaffected.

  9. Ludicrous. great that you have ALL the ways of setting the proxy, but why is the first one “System—>Preferences—>Network Proxy” not the only one needed.

    why do you then need to go on and set all the others. The O/S is broken if you got to set it in more than one place, Before you rant, Firefox should default to “system settings” and the package manager is PART of the system.

    absolutely bizarre.

    FWIW you left out what file is updated when you use “System—>Preferences—>Network Proxy”

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