Windows – Set proxy through windows command line including login parameters


I want to set a proxy throught the command line, first thing I found out is that you have to run command line with administrator rights – then the basic proxy set would be:

netsh winhttp set proxy SERVER:PORT

This works nice, but I also want to add a login. As you can see I've tried using netsh->winhttp, however manual does not say anything about the login part so I just tried:

netsh winhttp set proxy user:password@SERVER:PORT

This unfortunately does not work. Is it even possible to achieve something like this in netsh->winhttp?

If so, how? If not => what windows commands should I follow?

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Thanks for help, please feel free to ask any questions if something is unclear.

USING: Windows 7, cmd.exe, netsh->winhttp

EDIT: This looks like the C++ way: , but a better way for C++ might be to go this way:, – so the remaining question is how to achieve this in command line generally (or even better command-line->netsh->winhttp)?

Best Answer

If you are using Microsoft windows environment then you can set a variable named HTTP_PROXY, FTP_PROXY, or HTTPS_PROXY depending on the requirement.

I have used following settings for allowing my commands at windows command prompt to use the browser proxy to access internet.

set HTTP_PROXY=http://proxy_userid:proxy_password@proxy_ip:proxy_port

The parameters on right must be replaced with actual values.

Once the variable HTTP_PROXY is set, all our subsequent commands executed at windows command prompt will be able to access internet through the proxy along with the authentication provided.

Additionally if you want to use ftp and https as well to use the same proxy then you may like to the following environment variables as well.


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