What are the best Squid alternatives in 2020?

    Squid is described as 'caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages' and is a popular app in the File Sharing category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Squid for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Privoxy, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Squid are Varnish (Free, Open Source), hBlock (Free, Open Source), TinyProxy (Free, Open Source) and Proxomitron (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Nov 25, 2020

    • Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and... View 33 alternatives to Privoxy
      Some users think Privoxy is a great alternative to Squid, some don't.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Privoxy vs Squid
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It accomplishes the same thing except for one feature: the caching aspect.
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

      squid increases speed by storing caching specific http, curl requests.
      Top negative comment  about 5 years ago

      There is no similarity between the two applications. Squid is a caching proxy. Privoxy is not.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      Squid is a caching proxy. Privoxy is a non-caching software. There is no overlap in the use-cases for those types of software.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      Privoxy doesn't cache web content.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      No caching function. Primary usage of squid.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    • Varnish Cache is an open source, state of the art HTTP application accelerator. You can install it on your HTTP server and it makes your application more accessible. View 17 alternatives to Varnish
      This alternative is disputed. Varnish is still a legitimate alternative to Squid, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Varnish vs Squid
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It is an alternative for the server-side use of squid. It is not suitable for the client-side functionality
      Negative comment over 2 years ago



    • hBlock is a POSIX-compliant shell script, designed for Unix-like systems, that gets a list of domains that serve ads, tracking scripts and malware from multiple sources and... View 26 alternatives to hBlock
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
    • Tinyproxy is a light-weight HTTP/HTTPS proxy daemon for POSIX operating systems. It is free software, and supports transparent and reverse proxying. View 24 alternatives to TinyProxy
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
    • For those who have not yet been introduced, meet the Proxomitron: a free, highly flexible, user-configurable, small but very powerful, local HTTP web-filtering proxy. View 19 alternatives to Proxomitron

      Discontinued

      Last version, 4.5, released on June 2003, is still downloadable from the official website

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows


    • CacheGuard OS is an Appliance oriented Operating System dedicated to Web traffic Security and Optimization. View 128 alternatives to CacheGuard-OS
      • Windows
      • VirtualBox
      • VMware vSphere Hypervisor
      • Microsoft Hyper-V Server
      • Proxmox Virtual Environment
    • A small and fast caching web proxy (a web cache, an HTTP proxy, a proxy server). View 17 alternatives to Polipo

      Discontinued

      From the official website, "Polipo is obsolete. When it was first written, Polipo was probably the best HTTP proxy available. Since then, the web protocols have changed, and Polipo hasn't kept up — it has no support for HTTP/2.0 or the WebSocket protocol. Polipo will no longer be maintained."

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Formerly a commercial product, Yahoo! donated it to the Apache Foundation, and it is now an Apache TLP. View 17 alternatives to Apache Traffic Server
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • FreeBSD
      Apache Traffic Server vs Squid
      pros, cons and recent comments
      ATS has an event driven architecture where as Squid runs single-threaded. ATS scales much better than Squid.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    • ARTICA Proxy is an enterprise grade security appliance : web filtering (w/o SSL decryption), DNS Filtering, bandwith optimisation, easy ACL management, users authentication on... View 9 alternatives to Artica Proxy
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Linux
    • 3Proxy tiny free proxy server is really tiny cross-platform (Win32/Win64&Unix) freeware proxy servers set. It includes HTTP proxy with HTTPS and FTP support, SOCKSv4/SOCKSv4. View 6 alternatives to 3proxy

      Warning

      This site has a poor reputation on WOT. You can see the comments on http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/3proxy.ru#page-3

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
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