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Developer(s) Privoxy Developers
Initial release 2001
Stable release 3.0.23 (January 25, 2014) [±]
Preview release 3.0.20 (January 31, 2013) [±]
Written in C
Platform Cross-platform
Type Filtering proxy
License GPL (free software)

Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, manipulating cookies and modifying web page data and HTTP headers before the page is rendered by the browser. Privoxy is a "privacy enhancing proxy", filtering Web pages and removing advertisements. Privoxy can be customized by users, for both stand-alone systems and multi-user networks.[1] Privoxy can be chained to other proxies and is frequently used in combination with Squid and can be used to bypass Internet censorship.[2] It is also bundled with Tor to increase privacy.[3]


Privoxy is based on the Internet Junkbuster and is released under the GNU General Public License. It runs on Linux, OpenWrt, DD-WRT, Windows, Mac OS X, OS/2, AmigaOS, BeOS, and most flavors of Unix. Almost any Web browser can use it. The software is hosted at SourceForge.[4]


Shashank Sharma of Linux Format rated it 9/10 stars and wrote, "Privoxy is highly customisable, easy to set up, has good documentation and is fun to work with. Use it!"[5] Erez Zukerman of PC World rated it 4/5 stars and called it complicated but powerful.[6] Michelle Delio of called it "an outstanding way to protect one's privacy".[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Privoxy Frequently Asked Questions". 
  2. ^ Fellner, Markus; Husemann, Falk. "Anonymisieren mit Squid und Privoxy". Linux Magazin (in German) (March 2012). Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  3. ^ Glater, Jonathan D. (2006-01-25). "Privacy for People Who Don't Show Their Navels". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  4. ^ Brockmeier, Joe (2005-06-17). "Tool of the Month: Privoxy". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  5. ^ Sharma, Shashank (2010-06-25). "SafeSquid and Privoxy". Linux Format (133). Retrieved 2014-03-27 – via Tech Radar. 
  6. ^ Zukerman, Erez (2012-03-19). "Avoid Ads and Creepy Tracking Scripts With Privoxy". PC World. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  7. ^ Delio, Michelle (2004-05-14). "A Tightwad's Guide to Ad Blockers". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 

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