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Configure Putty & Firefox To Use SSH SOCKS Proxy Tunnel

On the previous posts I’ve talked about using SSH SOCKS Proxy Tunneling. But that was possible when you have a Linux or Unix OS running on your machine. What about the Windows lovers :p. No worries you’re on Windows!!! You still can do this. Things you need for this are:

1. PuTTY SSH Client.
2. Firefox Web Browser.
3. SSH access to a unix/linux server.

Now, first run PuTTY. You should be on the “PuTTY Configuration” window. On the “Host Name (or IP address)” field, type the hostname or IP address of your remote server. And select “Connection type” as “SSH“. The port should get automatically selected to 22.


Then, in the left-hand menu, click on “SSH“. In “Protocol options“, tick “enable compression” and set your preferred SSH version to “2“.


Now expand the “SSH” menu and select the “Tunnels” sub-menu.


Now under the “Tunnels” menu (Options controlling SSH port forwarding), in the “Source port” field, type in a source port. Here I am using 4567. But you can use anything. Then select “Dynamic” as “Destination” and click the “Add” button.


After clicking the “Add” button the newly added forwarded port should get listed under “Forwarded ports” list.


Now, go back to the “Session” tab at the top of the menu, give the new connection a name (here i used My SSH Proxy) and click on the “Save” button.


Congrats! we are done with the PuTTY configuration.

Now do the rest as same like previous posts. You’re done on using SOCKS Proxy Tunneling in Windows. 🙂

  1. tae
    September 18, 2011 at 5:31 am


  2. September 18, 2011 at 5:32 am

    it worked 🙂

  3. Venki
    May 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks a ton for this post. I was struggling for 3 hours before I chanced upon your post. My usecase was to connect through an SSH tunnel to my VPS so I could access Netflix. Works perfectly now. I was missing the encryption & the Dynamic part.

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