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Thursday, 9 June 2016


Soxy - Quick and easy SOCKS proxy management

Created by, Chris Kankiewicz & Charles Bock
Bash script for starting and stopping a SOCKS proxy tunnel over SSH in Linux.


Download Soxy and extract the soxy file to your machine.
Copy the provided config.sample file to ~/.soxy/config and edit it for your configuration:


Make the soxy file executable by running:
chmod +x /path/to/soxy


Add a bash alias by adding the following to ~/.bash_aliases:
alias soxy='/path/to/soxy'
If you haven't already, you will also need to generate an RSA key pair with the following command:
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "<your_hostname>"
Now copy your public key to the remote host with the following command:
You can now start the SOCKS proxy connection with the following command:
soxy start

Client Setup


Navigate to [Gear Icon] -> System Settings -> Network. Select Network proxy from the left hand menu. Under the Method drop-down box, select Manual. For Socks Host enter localhost, and enter the port you used (default is 1080).


From the Firefox menu navigate to Preferences -> Advanced -> Network (tab) then under the Connection heading click on the Settings button. In the menu that pops up select Manual proxy configuration. Now set the SOCKS Host to localhost and the corresponding Port to the port you specified (default is 1080).
Additionally, enable DNS request proxying by checking "Remote DNS"


You can use this Plugin: Proxy SwitchyOmega
It's also possible to define black/white lists based on URL patterns and control exactly which route should be used (multiple proxies possible + direct).

Run on Start Up (Ubuntu)

You can configure Soxy to start at boot by adding it to Startup Applications in Ubuntu. Navigate to [Gear Icon] -> Startup Applications and click the Add button. For name enter "Soxy", then for Command put /your/path/to/soxy start and hit the Add button.
Now, whenever you first log into your system, Soxy will automatically start a SOCKS connection for you.

Periodically Check Connection and Automatically Re-connect

User cron jobs can be defined with crontab -e on most linux distributions. A possible setup could look like this:
## run every 10 minutes
*/10 * * * * /path/to/soxy status
If you want the script to attempt a re-connect as soon as the connection drops, you can set AUTO_RECONNECT=true in your ~/.soxy/config.


Start the SOCKS connection
soxy start
Stop the SOCKS connection
soxy stop
Restart the SOCKS connection (stops then starts)
soxy restart
Get the status of the SOCKS connection
soxy status


If you have any questions or comments, please email me at:
To report a bug, visit the issue tracker on Github at: