If you would like to use Google Chrome at work, but are unable because you have a SOCKS proxy, you’re not alone. It is a known issue that Chrome does not work with socks. Initially I couldn’t even install Chrome because of my firewall at work. I did install it on my laptop when I got home the day it came out. However, when I came back to work the next day I was disappointed to learn that it didn’t work behind a SOCKS proxy.
Yesterday it dawned on me that I could use Privoxy instead of SOCKS! I already had a machine running Privoxy, so it was just a matter of configuring IE/Chrome to use it. If don’t yet have Privoxy, here is the Google Chrome SOCKS proxy workaround you’ve been looking for:
- Download Privoxy
- Modify the configuration file to have Privoxy forward requests to the SOCKS proxy
- Configure Internet Explorer to use Privoxy (default would be localhost:8118 for http and secure)
- That’s it! You should now be able to use Google Chrome through your socks proxy.