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    Squid Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Squid for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Varnish, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Squid and 14 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Squid are Privoxy, hBlock, TinyProxy and Apache Traffic Server.

    Squid is mainly a Ad Blocker but alternatives to it may also be Firewalls or Anti-Malware Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Squid.
    This page was last updated Oct 3, 2021
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    Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response...
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      Varnish Cache is an open source, state of the art HTTP application accelerator.
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      Varnish vs Squid opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Varnish is still a legitimate alternative to Squid, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      It is an alternative for the server-side use of squid. It is not suitable for the client-side functionality
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      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 other obnoxious Internet junk.
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      Privoxy vs Squid opinions
      Some users think Privoxy is a great alternative to Squid, some don't.
      It accomplishes the same thing except for one feature: the caching aspect.
      Top positive comment  almost 7 years ago

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      squid increases speed by storing caching specific http, curl requests.
      Top negative comment  over 6 years ago

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      There is no similarity between the two applications. Squid is a caching proxy. Privoxy is not.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      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 5 years ago

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      Privoxy doesn't cache web content.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      No caching function. Primary usage of squid.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      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 creates a hosts file (alternative formats are also supported) that prevents your system from connecting to...
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      Tinyproxy is a light-weight HTTP/HTTPS proxy daemon for POSIX operating systems. It is free software, and supports transparent and reverse proxying.
    1. Formerly a commercial product, Yahoo! donated it to the Apache Foundation, and it is now an Apache TLP.
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      Apache Traffic Server vs Squid opinions
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      ATS has an event driven architecture where as Squid runs single-threaded. ATS scales much better than Squid.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      A small and fast caching web proxy (a web cache, an HTTP proxy, a proxy server). Polipo can be used in place of ad-filtering, privacy-enhancing proxies such as Junkbuster, Privoxy or WWWOFFLE.

      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."

    2. ARTICA Proxy is an enterprise grade security appliance : web filtering (w/o SSL decryption), DNS Filtering, bandwith optimisation, easy ACL management, users authentication on LDAP or Active Directory (NTLM/Kerberos), deployment tools (such as proxy.
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      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/SOCKSv4.5/SOCKSv5 proxy (socks/socks.exe), POP3 proxy, SMTP proxy, AIM/ICQ proxy (icqpr/icqpr.

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      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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      A proxy-less solution to being unable to specify hostnames in Google Cloud Firewall Rules and AWS Security Groups. It works by monitoring and blocking traffic transparently as a high-availability NAT instance on the egress of your VPC network.
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      ExaProxy is a a high-performance non-caching proxy. It is able to filter HTTP traffic using third party scripts in your favorite programming language.
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