Using Mozilla Prism behind a proxy

July 30, 2008

Proxy settings can be changed by manually editing the configuration file all.js. In Windows this file is in the Prism\xulrunner\greprefs directory. The required changes are described in a number of places on the web, for example in a comment on the Mozilla Labs Prism page.

Mozilla Prism image

Mozilla Prism image

The default settings look like:

pref("network.proxy.type",        0);
pref("network.proxy.ftp",         "");
pref("network.proxy.ftp_port",    0);
pref("network.proxy.gopher",      "");
pref("network.proxy.gopher_port", 0);
pref("network.proxy.http",        "");
pref("network.proxy.http_port",   0);
pref("network.proxy.ssl",         "");
pref("network.proxy.ssl_port",    0);
pref("network.proxy.socks",       "");
pref("network.proxy.socks_port",  0);

and you want to change them to the following

pref("network.proxy.type",        1);
pref("network.proxy.ftp",         "proxy_ip_address");
pref("network.proxy.ftp_port",
proxy_port);
pref("network.proxy.gopher",      "
proxy_ip_address");
pref("network.proxy.gopher_port",
proxy_port);
pref("network.proxy.http",        "
proxy_ip_address");
pref("network.proxy.http_port",
proxy_port);
pref("network.proxy.ssl",         "
proxy_ip_address");
pref("network.proxy.ssl_port",
proxy_port);
pref("network.proxy.socks",       "
proxy_ip_address");
pref("network.proxy.socks_port",
proxy_port);

where proxy_ip_address and proxy_port need to be set to the proper values for your proxy.

Note What I didn’t find explicitly mentioned is that you have to

  • set the proxy values for all fields (ftp, gopher, http, ssl, and socks), and
  • use the ip address of the proxy (not its name)

At least Prism didn’t work for me if I set only http or use server name instead of its ip.

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