Boost your Internet browsing - Install Polipo

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Date: 2007-10-27 10:36:30 00:00

Polipo is a Linux proxy, like squid but it is intended in a personal use, I used to use squid as my personal proxy but because I have a PIV HT processor and 1 Gig of RAM, in Laptop that approach was just to heavy for it.

Now with Polipo things will change, well go to the installation.


apt-get install polipo

There is almost no need to change the configuration file as with the defaults it will work great as a personal firewall.

But if you are configuring it as you home proxy, you can change these lines on the file /etc/polipo/config

proxyAddress = ""    # IPv4 only

allowedClients =,

be sure to change for your own IP address range, in general no further changes are needed.

Firefox configuration

Go to Edit->Preferences->

On this screen:

firefox config proxy

Select Advanced and then click on setting, then:

firefox config proxy

Select "Manual proxy configuration" and enter the IP of the PC where polipo is installed and enter the port which is: 8123

Gnome configuration

Go to Desktop->preferences->Network Proxy

firefox config proxy

And Select "Manual Proxy Configuration" and also here enter the IP of the PC where Polipo installed and the port 8123

Opera Configuration

Go to Tools->preferences, and once on this screen

Opera config proxy

Now select Advance and click on Network and then on Proxy Servers.

Opera config proxy

And once again enter the IP and port of your polipo server.

As a final step you can configure your apt if you are using Debian or Ubuntu, I always do, that way my Laptop gets its updated really fast as usually my Desktop have already downloaded them.

Apt Configuration to work with proxy

vi /etc/apt/apt.conf

And add this line

Acquire::http::Proxy "";

be sure to change the IP to the one that corresponds to your Polipo server.