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Installing Squid Web Proxy Server on Windows 7


Posted at August 19, 2009

Squid is a caching proxy server that can help reduce internet bandwidth usage and improving response time of loading a website by caching and re-using frequently opened web page. Squid reduce the bandwidth usage and accelerate the website loading by caching static website objects such as images, flash objects and text files, with some modification Squid can cache larger files such as PDF, MP3, executables, flash videos, etc.

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In this tutorial we will install Squid NT which is a fork from Linux version of Squid to Windows 7 (seven). To begin with the installation, first download the package from here: Squid NT and then extract it to C:\ drive. After extracting the content of package you should see a folder named squid on C:\ drive, the full path should be C:\squid. Another way is first extract the zip package on where you save it and then move the squid directory to C:\ Modifying configuration file Now we need to modify some files before we configuring Squid. Go to etc folder on C:\squid\etc\ youll see these files: cachemgr.conf.default mime.conf.default squid.conf.default squid_radius_auth.conf.default

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You need to copy and rename these files: cachemgr.conf.default -> cachemgr.conf mime.conf.default -> mime.conf squid.conf.default -> squid.conf From the three configuration files we only need to configure squid.conf file. The configuration file cachemgr.conf and mime.conf by default will be sufficient for our basic setup. The default setting on squid.conf generally is ready to use, but you need to make note on these parts: 1. Search for acl localnet src youll see:
acl localnet src 10.0.0.0/8 # RFC1918 possible internal network acl localnet src 172.16.0.0/12 # RFC1918 possible internal network acl localnet src 192.168.0.0/16 # RFC1918 possible internal network

You can comment out the settings that are not applicable for your network configuration, in my case I use 10.0.0.0/8 network configuration so Ill comment out the other two lines as I dont need it. You can comment by adding hash key #. The end result would be like this:
acl localnet src 10.0.0.0/8 # RFC1918 possible internal network #acl localnet src 172.16.0.0/12 # RFC1918 possible internal network #acl localnet src 192.168.0.0/16 # RFC1918 possible internal network

2. Search for dns_nameservers Under the explanation, you should add your ISP dns nameservers. The format should look like this:
dns_nameservers <ip_dns_nameserver_1> <ip_dns_nameserver_2>

Now save the changes and close the file. Until these steps, it should be enough to start Squid, you can modify the configuration later on. Installing Squid service These steps will install the Squid service so we can restart Squid from Windows Control Panel. 1. First we have to disable User Account Control (UAC) settings to be able to install Squid service. Go to: Control Panel > System and Security > Change User Account Control settings and move the bar to Never Notify, you need to restart Windows 7 to make the settings effective.

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Change UAC settings to be able to setup Squid as service 2. After reboot, open command prompt by clicking on Windows Logo (start), then type Command Prompt on the search box and press enter.

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Search for "Command Prompt" and press enter 3. Go to Squids sbin directory by typing:
cd c:\squid\sbin

4. Install Squid service with this command (please re-types this and not copy paste to make sure you have the correct character code):
squid.exe -i

You should get this information:


c:\squid\sbin>squid -i Registry stored HKLM\SOFTWARE\GNU\Squid\2.6\Squid\ConfigFile value c:/squid/etc/ squid.conf Squid Cache version 2.7.STABLE6 for i686-pc-winnt installed successfully as Squid Windows System Service. To run, start it from the Services Applet of Control Panel. Don't forget to edit squid.conf before starting it.

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Squid service installation 5. Setup Squids cache (please re-types this and not copy paste to make sure you have the correct character code):
squid.exe -z

You should get this information:


c:\squid\sbin>squid -z 2009/08/18 22:50:33| Creating Swap Directories

6. After Squid service is installed and the cache is created, now lets start the service by going to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Services. Look for Squid, select it and press the start button.

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Open the service manager

Start Squid service Now if you see on the Task Manager > Services, you can see Squid service have a Running status.
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Squid process on task manager 7. As Squid service is up and running, we need to configure the browser to access the internet via proxy server. On Internet Explorer go to Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings, give check on Use a proxy server for your LAN and fill the Address field with your Squid server IP Address (in this case your PC IP address) with the Port 3128 (standard Squid port, you can modify this on squid.conf), click OK twice to save the settings.

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Internet Explorer options

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Click on LAN Settings

Add your PC IP address and Port 3128

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8. Next step is to test whether our configuration is correct. Go to this site: www.whatismyipaddress.com and you should see Proxy Server Detected! message, something similar like this:

Check whether Squid working correctly 9. As everything is working, now we need to re-enable User Account Control (UAC). Go to: Control Panel > System and Security > Change User Account Control settings and move the bar to Default its the 3rd bar, you need to restart Windows 7 to make the settings effective. I hope this tutorial is clear enough, but in case you still have question please sign-up and post a comment.

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5 Responses to Installing Squid Web Proxy Server on Windows 7

saurabh says: 23 September 2009 at 17:18 sir i need full detail of squid configration (like some pdf ,video) if you have some training material plz send me on my mail. thanks
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Reply markus says: 23 September 2009 at 17:33 the configuration file template come with the installation package. more detailed documentation can be found on Squid Proxy website: http://www.squid-cache.org

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Reply Michael says: 8 April 2010 at 19:56 Nice tutorial. A little tip: If you run cmd with an right-klick and choose run as admin you dont need to disable UAC in order to install the service no reboot required at all
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Reply Marco Antonio Lopez says: 29 May 2010 at 13:14 Good tutorial. But if you want to use your Windows 7 computer as the proxy of your other computer at home or office, you must open the input TCP 3128 port in the Windows 7 firewall.
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