Proxy using SSH Tunnel on Windows

This article is an instruction of how to use on a Windows machine. The mechanism is similar as the one in with “Proxy listening to localhost port only”.

Download PuTTY

PuTTY is the software we use here for port forwarding. Please download it following the links in

Configure PuTTY and create a SSH tunnel

First, input the username and host name as in the following figure. We use “” at port 22 as the example. You can input the host only and PuTTY will ask for the username.

Second, set the dynamic port forwarding as in the following figure. Here, we use the port 8080 as the local proxy port.

After clicking “add”, you should see the configuration as in the following figure.

Last, click the “Open” button to connect to the SSH server. PuTTY will ask you for the password. After PuTTY successfully connects to the server, the SSH tunnel is ready.

You can also save your configurations as a session by going back to the “Session” window and saving the session before the last step so that your configurations can be reused and you need not to set them each time.

Configure your programs to use the proxy

Now, you can configure your programs on Windows, such as Internet Explorer and Chrome to use the socks proxy:


One example configuration for Internet Explorer (Chrome also uses it) is in the following figure.

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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