Mac – How to change proxy setting using Command line in Mac OS

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I am using Mac OS and sometimes some work need to be done using a proxy so I need to change my proxy setting frequently. But changing proxy setting in System Preferences is very messy.

Is there a way that I can change my proxy setting using command line? Use a shell command or some tools?

Best Answer

EDIT: I am assuming you actually means Mac OS X, and not Mac OS..

You can use the commandline tool 'networksetup'

There is a manpage for it - networksetup(8)

man networksetup

You will find many options for proxy settings in there:

              [-setftpproxy networkservice domain portnumber authenticated username password]
              [-setftpproxystate networkservice on | off] [-getwebproxy networkservice]
              [-setwebproxy networkservice domain portnumber authenticated username  password]
              [-setwebproxystate networkservice on | off] [-getsecurewebproxy networkservice]
              [-setsecurewebproxy networkservice domain portnumber authenticated username password]
              [-setsecurewebproxystate networkservice on | off] [-getstreamingproxy networkservice]
              [-setstreamingproxy networkservice domain portnumber authenticated username password]
              [-setstreamingproxystate networkservice on | off] [-getgopherproxy networkservice]
              [-setgopherproxy networkservice domain portnumber authenticated username password]
              [-setgopherproxystate networkservice on | off] [-getsocksfirewallproxy networkservice]
              [-setsocksfirewallproxy networkservice domain portnumber authenticated username password]
              [-setsocksfirewallproxystate networkservice on | off] [-getproxybypassdomains networkservice]
              [-setproxybypassdomains networkservice domain1 [domain2] [...]] [-getpassiveftp networkservice]

Alternatively, if you just need to set the proxy for something like wget, or curl, then you can use the fairly universal 'http_proxy' and 'ftp_proxy' env variables.

Eg in bash:

export http_proxy=http://my.proxy.com:1234

Where '1234' is the port number.

cheers

sc.