Different Types of Web-Based Proxies

Posted by Vectro 21 February 2010

This is a brief description of 4 different proxy scripts that are all written in PHP. We will skip over CGI proxies. This is not intended for webmasters, but more as information for beginner proxy users who want to understand what different words mean that they see in proxy lists, such as the word Glype.

PHProxy

PHProxy was probably first very popular web-based script. It is no longer maintained as the original creator has abandoned the project. Nonetheless, it is still widely used. Almost any site can be viewed via PHProxy but many interactive functions such as logging in and posting comments often don’t work. It does, however, allow you to block or allow JavaScript and to strip internal information for your privacy.

Glype

Glype is an actively maintained proxy script. Almost any site can be viewed. It also has plug-ins that make YouTube videos, MySpace and Facebook work. Many sites utilize these. It can block JavaScript and strip internal info. It is fast gets updated regularly.

Zelune

Zelune is not as configurable as PHProxy and Glype, but it is blazing fast. Many sites like Facbook and MySpace are functional.

Suffix Proxy

Suffix Proxy is much less common. It works in a different way than most proxies. Instead of using PHP to digest the page and spit it back out, it uses a DNS wildcard. DNS is the domain name system that changes complicated network addresses to domains like .com, .net, etc. For example, lets say the suffix proxy is located at example.com and you want to view msn.com through it. You would go to msn.com.example.com and it displays msn.com in your browser.

Try Them Yourself

VectroProxy (PHProxy)
TourGizmo (Glype)
EVI Linux (Zelune)
6a.nl (Suffix Proxy)

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