Configuring a Debian Proxy Server using Squid: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up a proxy server on Debian using Squid. This technical guide is intended for Fineproxy users who wish to configure their own proxy server on a Debian-based system.

Section 1: Prerequisites

Before proceeding with the configuration of the proxy server, ensure that your Debian system is up-to-date and has the necessary dependencies installed.

1. Update the system by running the following commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Section 2: Installing and Configuring Squid

2. Install Squid by executing the following command:

sudo apt install squid

3. Create a backup of the original Squid configuration file:

sudo cp /etc/squid/squid.conf /etc/squid/squid.conf.backup

4. Edit the Squid configuration file using a text editor, such as nano:

sudo nano /etc/squid/squid.conf

5. Modify the configuration file according to your requirements:
– Replace “http_access deny all” with “http_access allow all” to allow access for all users.
– To change the proxy port, replace the number in “http_port 3128” with the desired port (e.g., “http_port 8080”).

Save the changes and exit the text editor.

Section 3: Managing the Squid Service

6. Restart the Squid service to apply the changes:

sudo systemctl restart squid

7. Enable Squid to start automatically at boot:

sudo systemctl enable squid

Section 4: Client Configuration

8. Configure client devices to use the proxy server by entering the IP address of your Debian server and the port specified in the Squid configuration (default is 3128). Client configuration may vary depending on the operating system or application used.


This technical guide provides a step-by-step process for Fineproxy users to set up a proxy server on Debian using Squid. By following these instructions, users can configure their own proxy server to suit their needs. However, it is essential to ensure that the server is properly maintained and secured to prevent any potential issues or vulnerabilities.

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