privoxy [--chroot ] [--config-test ] [--help ] [--no-daemon ] [--pidfile pidfile ] [--pre-chroot-nslookup hostname ] [--user user[.group] ] [--version ] [configfile ]
Privoxy may be invoked with the following command line options:
If the exit code is 1, at least one of the configuration files is invalid, if it is 0, all the configuration files have been successfully loaded (but may still contain errors that can currently only be detected at run time).
This option doesn't affect the log setting, combination with "--no-daemon" is recommended if a configured log file shouldn't be used.
Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk. Privoxy has a flexible configuration and can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes. It has application for both stand-alone systems and multi-user networks.
Privoxy is Free Software and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 or later.
Privoxy is an associated project of Software in the Public Interest (SPI).
Helping hands and donations are welcome:
Browsers can either be individually configured to use Privoxy as a HTTP proxy (recommended), or Privoxy can be combined with a packet filter to build an intercepting proxy (see config). The default setting is for localhost, on port 8118 (configurable in the main config file). To set the HTTP proxy in Firefox, go through: Tools; Options; General; Connection Settings; Manual Proxy Configuration.
For Internet Explorer, go through: Tools; Internet Properties; Connections; LAN Settings.
The Secure (SSL) Proxy should also be set to the same values, otherwise https: URLs will not be proxied. Note: Privoxy can only proxy HTTP and HTTPS traffic. Do not try it with FTP or other protocols. HTTPS presents some limitations, and not all features will work with HTTPS connections.
Privoxy can be configured with the various configuration files. The default configuration files are: config, default.filter, default.action and default.action. user.action should be used for locally defined exceptions to the default rules in match-all.action and default.action, and user.filter for locally defined filters. These are well commented. On Unix and Unix-like systems, these are located in /etc/privoxy/ by default.
Privoxy uses the concept of actions in order to manipulate the data stream between the browser and remote sites. There are various actions available with specific functions for such things as blocking web sites, managing cookies, etc. These actions can be invoked individually or combined, and used against individual URLs, or groups of URLs that can be defined using wildcards and regular expressions. The result is that the user has greatly enhanced control and freedom.
The actions list (ad blocks, etc) can also be configured with your web browser at http://config.privoxy.org/ (assuming the configuration allows it). Privoxy's configuration parameters can also be viewed at the same page. In addition, Privoxy can be toggled on/off. This is an internal page, and does not require Internet access.
/usr/sbin/privoxy /etc/privoxy/config /etc/privoxy/match-all.action /etc/privoxy/default.action /etc/privoxy/user.action /etc/privoxy/default.filter /etc/privoxy/user.filter /etc/privoxy/trust /etc/privoxy/templates/* /var/log/privoxy/logfile
Privoxy terminates on the SIGINT and SIGTERM signals. Log rotation scripts may cause a re-opening of the logfile by sending a SIGHUP to Privoxy. Note that unlike other daemons, Privoxy does not need to be made aware of config file changes by SIGHUP -- it will detect them automatically. Signals other than the ones listed above aren't explicitly handled and result in the default action defined by the operating system.
Other references and sites of interest to Privoxy users:
https://www.privoxy.org/, the Privoxy Home page.
https://www.privoxy.org/faq/, the Privoxy FAQ.
https://www.privoxy.org/developer-manual/, the Privoxy developer manual.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/ijbswa/, the Project Page for Privoxy on SourceForge.
https://sourceforge.net/p/ijbswa/actionsfile-feedback/, to submit ``misses'' and other configuration related suggestions to the developers.
Fabian Keil, lead developer David Schmidt Lee Rian Roland Rosenfeld Ian Silvester
Copyright (C) 2001-2021 by Privoxy Developers <email@example.com>
Privoxy is free software; you can redistribute and/or modify its source code under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the license, or (at your option) any later version.
The same is true for Privoxy binaries unless they are linked with a mbed TLS version that is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license in which case you can redistribute and/or modify the Privoxy binaries under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the license, or (at your option) any later version.
Privoxy is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the license for details.