When you configure a proxy server on your Mac, all the traffic will be routed through it before going to its destination. This will allow you to bypass geoblocking and firewall. That’s why millions of people use the process to access websites restricted in their country.
In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process in brief:
- A Mac
- Apple Safari or Google Chrome
- Active Internet Connection
Configure a proxy server on Mac in simple steps
Step 1. First of all, open the system preferences app on your Mac. In order to do so:
- Go to Apple menu > System Preferences
You can also launch the app from the Dock.
Step 2. Click on the Network icon
Step 3. Here, you’ll see a list of different networks within your Mac’s range. Just select the network you regularly use
Step 4. Click on the Advanced option in the bottom-right corner of the Network window
Step 5. Select the Proxies tab in the new window that appears in front of you.
Step 6. In the next step, you’ll need to configure a proxy by enabling the protocols from the list under Select a protocol to configure section.
You can enable the Auto Proxy Discover checkbox if you want your Mac to decide whether a proxy is needed or not. It also allows you to automatically configure the proxy settings. This setting is mainly used on school or business networks.
You can enable Automatic Proxy Configuration option if you want to use automatic proxy configuration script (.PAC file) to configure your proxies. Just enter the address of the script in the URL box and your network admin will provide you the address to the proxy configuration script.
In case you want to configure a proxy manually, you can enable one or more options from Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS), Web Proxy (HTTP), FTP Proxy, Gopher Proxy, and Streaming Proxy (RTSP). Just enter the address and port number of the proxy for each option you enable.
Make sure to leave all these checkboxes unchecked if you don’t want to configure a proxy manually.
Other settings allow you to bypass the proxy server while you connect to specific URLs.
Exclude simple hostnames checkbox lets you bypass proxies for simple addresses. This setting is used on local networks and Intranets.
Bypass Proxy Settings for these Hosts and Domains option allows you to bypass proxies for specified addressed. Here, you can add the domain names and addresses for which you don’t want to configure any proxy.
In order to add you own domain names and addresses, separate each address with a comma. For example:
Local, 192.254/15, softwarevilla.com
In case you don’t want to connect the FTP servers after configuring an FTP proxy, enable Use Passive FTP Mode (PSAV) option and then click Ok to save your settings.
In the last step, click on Apply option at the bottom-right corner of the screen to apply the changes. You can also roll back the changes by clicking on the Revert option.