How do I use proxies?

Guide by Sjaak Alperstain

We provide endpoints to filter out IPs by region and by session type.

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Endpoints are like gateways to IP pools. The system will automatically assign you proxies from the selected endpoint (part of the pool).

For example, the gate.smartproxy.com endpoint is a gateway to the whole pool consisting of 40M+ IPs, and the us.smartproxy.com endpoint is a gateway to the pool consisting only of IPs located in the US.

  1. Firstly, select a proxy type and go to Endpoint generator tab.

  2. Next, enter your Username and Password, which can be created and edited in the Authentication method tab, or alternatively you can use Any location’s IP address from your list

Smartproxy dashboard – endpoint generatorSmartproxy dashboard – endpoint generator

Smartproxy dashboard – endpoint generator

  1. Then, select your Proxy location. 'Random' will choose the location of an IP address randomly. Afterwards, select your Session type and Output format.
Smartproxy dashboard – proxy configurationSmartproxy dashboard – proxy configuration

Smartproxy dashboard – proxy configuration

  1. Based on your selection, you will see generated endpoints and ports. You can set a maximum number of endpoints and download the created proxy list or copy it to your clipboard.

In the example below, you can see what a residential rotating port in the Netherlands looks like. Since we are using the nl.smartproxy.com gateway, all proxies will have IPs located in the Netherlands.

An example of the Smartproxy rotating endpoint for the NetherlandsAn example of the Smartproxy rotating endpoint for the Netherlands

An example of the Smartproxy rotating endpoint for the Netherlands

You can apply this port and endpoint to any application or tool to start using proxies instantly. Check out the Setup Guides section to find quick guides for most popular tools.

You will also need to authenticate with our proxy network (like shown in the second step). Otherwise, you will not be connected. Check out the Proxy authentication article to see what authentication methods we support.

Here's an example of what it looks like on a simple cURL command when using the residential rotating port for the Netherlands with whitelisted IP authentication. As you can see, the IP changes on each request, which proves that the test is successful.

An example of the Smartproxy rotating residential port for the Netherlands.An example of the Smartproxy rotating residential port for the Netherlands.

An example of the Smartproxy rotating residential port for the Netherlands.