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How to Find Proxy Settings on Your Computer for Local Testing

Proxy servers act as a middleman between your local system and the internet. In organizations, you will see them being used for regulating inbound and outbound requests and even load balancing. When it comes to software testing, using proxy settings can prove beneficial in many ways. You can simulate real-world conditions like changing the internet connection speed, modifying application requests and server responses, and monitoring traffic between application and server.

How to Find Proxy Settings

If you are trying to test your application, using proxy settings locally will prove beneficial. Many automation testing tools also use proxy settings to configure how the automation tool interacts with external resources, services, or websites during the testing process. In this post, you will see where you can find the proxy settings on your computer.

Find proxy settings on Windows

You can find proxy settings on your Windows computer in two ways.

Using the Control Panel

For those on the older versions of Windows or who prefer the Control Panel, try the following steps to get to your proxy settings. Note that these steps are for Windows 11 and will vary a bit for the lower Windows versions.

  1. Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Windows search bar.
  2. If you are on Windows 11, your Control Panel will look something like what is shown in the image below. Click on Network and Internet.
    Windows 11 Control Panel
  3. Now click on Internet Options.
    Windows 11 Control Panel Internet Options
    On other versions of Windows, the Control Panel will look like this. Go ahead and click on Internet Options and follow the rest of the steps.
    Windows 11 Control Panel Internet Options 2
  4. Once the Internet Properties dialog box appears, click on the Connections tab.
    Windows 11 Control Panel Internet Options Internet Properties
  5. Look for the LAN Settings button at the bottom of this dialog box and click on it.
    Windows 11 Control Panel LAN Settings
  6. You can find your proxy settings in the LAN Settings dialog box, including the proxy server address and port number.

Using Settings (Only in Windows 10 and later versions)

  1. Click on Start, then go to Settings. Alternatively, you can open the Windows settings page by pressing ‘Win + I‘.
  2. Click on Network and internet in the Settings menu. The below image shows the Windows 11 Settings page.
    Windows 11 Settings
  3. Here, look for Proxy and click on it to view and configure.
    Windows 11 Settings Proxy

Find proxy settings on Linux

Regarding Linux, the steps to finding your proxy settings vary depending on the distribution you are working on. Here is the general path to reaching these settings.

  1. On your Linux system, open Settings.
  2. Come to Network under the Hardware section.
  3. Click on Network Proxy and select either ‘Manual’ or ‘Automatic’ to view and configure your settings. The below image is of the Network Proxy section in Ubuntu 18.04.
    Linux Network Proxy

Find proxy settings on Mac OS

If you are working on a Mac, you can find your proxy settings by following the steps below.

  1. Come to System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon.
  2. Now click on the Network option here.
    Mac System Preferences
  3. Select your active network connection, usually Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and click on Advanced.
    Mac System Preferences Network
  4. In the Proxies tab, you can configure and view proxy settings.
    Mac System Preferences Advanced Proxies

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Proxy settings can be helpful for local testing when you need to control and manipulate network conditions, test proxy-dependent features, assess security vulnerabilities, and replicate various real-world scenarios to ensure your application or service performs as expected in different environments. To get the most out of these testing activities, leverage an efficient mix of manual and automated testing to save effort, cost, and time.

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