|"Proxy Switcher" lets you change Firefox proxy settings (preferences) from a toolbar panel in a familiar UI. The panel allows you to access all proxy related settings and it also stores your configurations in different profiles for easy access. The extension supports importing and exporting feature in case profiles need to be used in another Firefox instance or you want to switch to a new clean profile.|
- Access all proxy related settings in one place
- Supports multiple profiles for easy proxy switching
- UI is driven from Firefox's built-in proxy UI
- Load requested features from GitHub
What is Proxy Switcher extension?
Proxy Switcher is aimed to bring all the proxy related UI to a single panel for easy access. It supports multiple profiles and hence proxy switching is very simple. The UI is driven from Firefox's built-in proxy setting UI and basically there is noting new to learn.
What are the differences between the available proxy settings in the panel?
Basically you have four options:
No proxy: Choose this if you don't want to use a proxy at all.
Auto-detect proxy settings for this network: Choose this if you want Firefox to automatically detect the proxy settings for your network. Use system proxy settings: Choose this if you want to use the proxy settings configured for your operating system. This is the default setting.
Manual proxy configuration: Choose this if you have a list of one or more proxy servers. Ask your system administrator for the configuration information. Each proxy requires a hostname and a port number. If the same proxy name and port number are used for all protocols, check Use this proxy server for all protocols. No Proxy For: List of hostnames or IP addresses that will not be proxied.
Automatic proxy configuration URL: Choose this if you have a proxy configuration (.pac) file. Enter the URL and click okay to save changes and load the proxy configuration.
Where can I read more about different proxy options available in Firefox browser?
Read this blog post: Configure Proxy Settings in Firefox
Is it possible to change the position of the toolbar button?
Yes, in Firefox browser please read the guide here, a Comprehensive Guide to Firefox Customization.
What is the "remote DNS" option?
This option controls whether DNS lookups for SOCKS v5 clients happen on the client or on the proxy server. If anonymity is important for you, it is recommended to turn this option on when proxy type is SOCKS version 5.
What are the different proxy protocols the extension supports?
The extension supports all four proxy protocols that Firefox browser can handle:
Is it possible to double check the proxy setting to make sure the settings have been actually applied?
Yes, open the toolbar panel. At the bottom of the panel, there are 3 links to actually check the proxy setting from outside. You can check your new IP address, geo location and even you can check your actual DNS resolution chain.
Is it possible to change the website links associated to the toolbar panel links (such as "Check DNS leakage")?
Yes, from version 0.1.2 it is possible to use custom urls for the links in the panel. To define a new custom URL, open
about:configin a new browser tab. Now right click anywhere and select "new" -> "string" to create a new string preference. In the name field insert
open-leakage. In the value field insert the website URL.
How can I store a proxy configuration for later use?
Simply fill all the necessary settings and press on a new profile. If you click back to the old profile, all the settings are available.
What is the recommended proxy method?
It really depends on you needs. If you want full anonymity, always use "Manual" mode with a SOCKS server (Leave other fields empty). If you want to maximum speed, then go with "Automatic" mode and introduce a PAC file to unblocked certain websites or hosts. To learn more on how to write a PAC file, read Configure Proxy Settings in Firefox blog post. Always use "Check External IP" and "DNS Leakage" button on the panel to make sure the configuration works as expected.
Is it possible to export the proxy settings of this extension to a clean Firefox profile?
Currently there is no built-in tool to import and export settings. But it is pretty simple to do it manually. Just install the extension on a clean profile. Now open old profile directory from Firefox button -> Open Help menu -> Troubleshooting information -> Profile Folder. Search for "prefs.js" file and open it in a text editor (don't forget to close all Firefox windows before opening the prefs.js file). Now copy all strings starting with
extensions.jid0-hjBdm7jJii7llLkqacvGnd3gHge@jetpackfrom the old prefs.js to the new one. Restart your Firefox. The Proxy Switcher extension should have the same settings as the old one. If you don't want to manually update the "prefs.js" file you can insert all the preferences manually to the about:config as well.
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What's new in this version
If you are looking for an add-on that allows you to switch you proxy settings on Firefox browser from a toolbar panel, Proxy Switcher is your best bet. With its familiar UI, the Proxy Switcher is an add-on you don't want to miss. The best feature about Proxy Switcher is that it permits you to access to all proxy related settings and stores every configuration in different profiles in order to obtain easy access. The Proxy Switcher allows you to access every proxy related setting directly from one place. The UI of the proxy is driven from the built in proxy of the browser. The Proxy Switcher supports different profiles for an easy proxy switching.
Another added benefit of the Proxy Switcher is that it supports various profiles and therefore proxy switching is extremely simple. The UI is mostly driven from the built in proxy setting UI from Firefox and basically there is nothing new to learn there. The Proxy Switcher also allows you to fill all the necessary settings and press on a new profile. All the settings will be available if you click back on the old profile. Thus proxy switcher is a comprehensive package in one.
All and all, proxy switcher comes with various benefits. First things first, it allows you to hide your IP address from the sites that you visit. Moreover, it also provides full support of Socks v5 and Elite servers. In addition, the proxy switcher also provides complete support of password protected servers. Lastly, for webmasters, it allows you to check search engine results from different countries. All and all, the Proxy Switcher is a great add on for switching your proxy settings in the easiest way possible.