Monday, September 2, 2013

How to set up a simple proxy server on Digital Ocean/ VPS

SSH in to your digital ocean droplet and run the following

sudo apt-get install tinyproxy #install tinyproxy
which tinyproxy # make sure tinyproxy is installed
ps -ef | grep proxy # make sure tinyproxy is running

Now forward a port from your server/machine to the remote proxy on the droplet
ssh -N -L local_port:localhost:remote_port
e.g. ssh -N -L 8000:localhost:8888

Send a request to localhost at port 8000 and see if it appears in the tinyproxy logs. If you are using ruby to do crawling/scraping on websites you can set proxy on the agent:

agent.set_proxy localhost, 8000agent.get("somewebsite")

See the results on your droplet appear in:

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