SOCKS5 Proxy directly from bash

Ever needed a SOCKS5 proxy on the go without the need of keeping Putty up and running? Here it is:

ssh -f -N -D localhost
  • you will be prompted to enter your password
  • you can run this under any non-root account
  • you cannot control WHO you’re proxying so I’d better change this often

Anyways, I hope you’re running the SSH server on a non-default port:

ssh -p YOUR_SSHD_CONFIG_PORT -f -N -D localhost

And if you’re using a FoxyProxy-like-program, make sure to check Perform remote DNS lookups on hostnames loading through this proxy.


You might want to consider: this link for using Putty | the method above beautifully explained.



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