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Developer(s) Privoxy Developers
Initial release 2001
Stable release 3.0.23 (January 25, 2015) [±]
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]


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.[3] 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 though Privoxy still works if manually configured and is still recommended for third party non-browser applications which do not natively support SOCKS.[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. ^ Brockmeier, Joe (2005-06-17). "Tool of the Month: Privoxy". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Tor Frequently Asked Questions". 
  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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