FreeBSD Proxy Server Setup

Jul 19, 2023 • FreeBSDSoftware

Working with or managing a FreeBSD server entails understanding the essentials of networking, and one primary aspect of this area is setting up a proxy server. A proxy server is a server that acts as an intermediary for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers, providing increased functionality, security, and privacy depending on actual use cases. In this article, we explore how you can set up a FreeBSD proxy server precisely tailored to your needs.

Requirement and Preliminary Steps

Proxy Server Configuration

Firstly, you should install squid. Squid is a robust, feature-rich and flexible proxy server and web cache daemon that will cater to all your proxy needs on FreeBSD.

To install squid, open the terminal and enter:

pkg install squid

Then, you need to enable squid to start at system boot by adding squid_enable="YES" to /etc/rc.conf:

echo 'squid_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf

Squid Configuration

To configure squid, you need to edit its configuration file: /usr/local/etc/squid/squid.conf. There are a myriad of options available, and we will cover a basic configuration in this tutorial.

Here’s a simple configuration:

http_port 3128

acl localnet src     # RFC1918 possible internal network
http_access allow localnet
http_access deny all             # deny requests to all other than localnet

This configuration sets up a basic HTTP proxy at port 3128 and allows access only to clients from the network.

Managing the Proxy Server

With squid properly configured, you can manage it using service commands:

service squid start
service squid stop
service squid restart

Further information on managing services and daemons can be found here.

Enhancing Proxy Security

While a proxy server provides a layer of security, you should also consider hardening your FreeBSD system for added security. Read our article here for details on system hardening and security best practices.

The [nmap]( port can be used to perform security auditing and identify potential security holes in your network infrastructure.

Moreover, setting up a firewall can provide an additional protective barrier for your proxy server. Check out our guide on FreeBSD Firewall Configuration.


This guide has introduced you to setting up a FreeBSD proxy server, addressing both the basics and some advanced considerations. Remember, setting up a proxy server is just one part of managing a successful FreeBSD network.

If you have any questions about FreeBSD, system administration, networking, and more, our website is here to assist. Happy FreeBSD networking!

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