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Developer(s)Privoxy Developers
Initial release2001
Stable release3.0.34[1] Edit this on Wikidata (5 February 2023; 17 months ago (5 February 2023)) [±]
Preview release3.0.25 (July 26, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-07-26)) [±]
Written inC
TypeFiltering proxy
LicenseGNU GPLv2
Websitewww.privoxy.org Edit this on Wikidata

Privoxy is a free 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.[2] Privoxy can be chained to other proxies and is frequently used in combination with Squid among others and can be used to bypass Internet censorship.[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, macOS, OS/2, AmigaOS, BeOS, and most flavors of Unix. Almost any Web browser can use it. The software is hosted at SourceForge.[4] Historically the Tor Project bundled Privoxy with Tor but this was discontinued in 2010 as they pushed their own internal Tor Browser project and recommended against external third party proxies. Privoxy still works if manually configured and is still recommended for third party non-browser applications which do not natively support SOCKS.[5]


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!"[6] Erez Zukerman of PC World rated it 4/5 stars and called it complicated but powerful.[7] Michelle Delio of Wired called it "an outstanding way to protect one's privacy".[8]

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  1. ^ "v_3_0_34". 5 February 2023. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Privoxy Frequently Asked Questions".
  3. ^ Feilner, Markus; Husemann, Falk. "Anonymisieren mit Squid und Privoxy". Linux Magazin (in German) (March 2012). Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  4. ^ Brockmeier, Joe (2005-06-17). "Tool of the Month: Privoxy". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  5. ^ "FAQ". Tor. Archived from the original on Dec 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Sharma, Shashank (2010-06-25). "6 of the best content filters for Linux: SafeSquid and Privoxy". Linux Format (133). Archived from the original on May 1, 2015. Retrieved 2014-03-27 – via Tech Radar.
  7. ^ Zukerman, Erez (2012-03-19). "Avoid Ads and Creepy Tracking Scripts With Privoxy". PC World. Archived from the original on Mar 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  8. ^ Delio, Michelle (2004-05-14). "A Tightwad's Guide to Ad Blockers". Wired. Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-03-27.

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