Proxifier
Proxifier 2.11.2
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Access Internet apps via a firewalled/proxied network.   Shareware ($39.95)
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Proxifier allows users to access any Internet application via firewalled/proxied network. There are many network applications that do not support working through proxy servers and thus cannot be used behind a LAN or firewall(s). Proxifier solves this problem and gives you the opportunity to work with your favorite software without any restrictions.

With Proxifier you can work with any Internet client (browsers, P2P, messengers, SSH, video/audio, games) through a network that is separated from the Internet by a firewall/proxy.

Proxifier will provide you with
What's New
Version 2.11.2:
  • Improved rule system, now including DNS wildcards.
  • New network engine.
  • Significantly improved UI.
  • 2.11.2 - cumulative update with minor bug fixes and improvements.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Stormchild reviewed on 12 Aug 2013
I've been using this on the trial for a couple weeks now. Also tried MacProxy and ProxyCap, each of which has its strengths, but I ended up settling on Proxifier because of the following features:

Most powerful rules. It's the only one that lets you specify multiple hostnames in a single rule. As an example, in order to enable iCloud at work, I have to redirect *.icloud.com, *.akamaiedge.com, and *.akadns.com through the proxy. You could just create multiple rules in the other apps, but I prefer having them grouped together.

Rule sets. Proxifier lets you save and easily switch between sets of rules. ProxyCap will save and load rules, but not in a convenient way, and MacProxy doesn't have rule sets at all. If you need to set up different rules for different networks, this is indispensable.

No need to restart after installing, and unlike the other two, it doesn't have a process that runs in the background when you're not using it. It's just a standalone app that only needs to be open when you're actually using it.

I docked a couple points for Ease of Use for two reasons:

- Doesn't manage SSH tunnels. You have to go start your tunnel manually every time, restart it if it gets interrupted, and close it when you're done with it. It's not hard to do, but it would still be much nicer if all I had to do is open this app and let it take care of everything.

- Crummy interface. The UI is ugly and un-Mac-like, but more importantly, it's weird and confusing. The main window toolbar has links to the config panels (each of which opens the config window and goes directly to a specific page). The config window has an almost identical toolbar, but in this context, the exact same buttons switch between views in the same window.

For some reason, the Rules window is non-resizable, which is just plain silly. Once you've got 8 rules, they can no longer fit within the window. The order of rules matters, so sometimes you need to move them up and down, but drag & drop isn't supported, so you have to use crummy up/down arrows. It's like using a primitive web UI from 10 years ago.

Editing a proxy or rule opens yet another window, and this one is modal, so it blocks the rest of the UI until you close it.

The app's "Preferences" menu item just opens the same configuration window. The "DNS" and "Advanced" sections are preferences, but the "Proxies" and "Rules" sections are not, and it's all mixed together, as the developer doesn't seem to understand the difference.

In short, the UI is just not very well designed, and needs a lot of work to make it friendlier.

I would probably not recommend this to non-tech-savvy friends, but for those of who are comfortable using the command line and working with SSH, this is definitely the most powerful app of its kind.
[Version 2.11.2]


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+11

Christian Schwang reviewed on 07 May 2013
Tried Proxifier, MacProxy and ProxyCap:
Out of those, Proxifier offers the best rule management and feature-set.

My Score:
+ Superb rule management (Wildcards even in Application name)
+ Great realtime traffic overview
+ Profile switching is nice and simple
+ Works without installation and/or restart
- Does not manage SSH tunnel

Compared to competition:
- ProxyCap manages SSH tunnel; DNS resolution can be selected on a per rule basis
- MacProxy has a simpler Interface

Finally I'd like to say, that during my tests all of the Applications tested were working without causing any trouble. They all offer a free trial, so try before you buy.
[Version 2.11.2]

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Christian Schwang replied on 07 May 2013
Forgot to mention: Documentation is awesome. Each and every feature has been documented. You don't see that all too often nowadays.
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+177
Stormchild replied on 25 Jul 2013
Thanks for the detailed comparison between these three alternatives. Really helpful.

I'll add a couple notes for Proxifier:

+ Installation does not require a restart (you must restart after installing MacProxy or ProxyCap)
- Proxifier has to stay open in your Dock (it doesn't have a "menubar only" mode)

This is the only one I've tried so far, but it works really well, and has solved a handful of really annoying problems with the terrible network config I'm stuck behind at work.
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+605
Fishscale commented on 08 Dec 2012
@MU admins: v2.11 is the proper/latest version of proxifier. No ".2" at the end.
[Version 2.11.2]


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Fishscale reviewed on 03 Aug 2012
Review of the v2 RC

Usability: The UI is extremely polished, exactly what you would expect from a mac app. The interface is clean and intuitive with live feedback from your connections and what rule/action has been taken on that specific connection in accordance with your rule set. Rules are extremely powerful with wildcard support. With unlimited profiles and unlimited rules each profile can contain, switching setups for different needs is as easy as a drop down menu. Documentation is available for each and every feature of the app. Even the in-app preferences have tips for how more complex settings should be configured. Proxifier's default profile can't be deleted so you can always revert back to it's default state if you get carried away playing with the many options.

Support: I have been using proxifier since it's first release of v1 for os x and every time I have emailed support I have received a response extremely quickly, less than 24 hours in most cases. I honestly have not had to email them much, but the few times I had a request or question I had a response in my inbox the next time I checked my mail. Besides email, your problem or request can be tracked online through their support site which automatically registers your email and sends you an automated response so you can track the issue, and see all correspondences quickly.

Features: WAY TOO MAY features to list here but the most apparent is being able to tunnel specific apps or your entire system through a proxy server or a chain of proxies even if the app does not have native proxy support. Proxy chains can be made up of proxies with differing protocols without a problem. As mentioned in usability; rule sets with wildcard support allow you to setup exactly how you want specific connections to be handled in an extremely easy to use GUI and the app interface gives you real time information on how current connections are being handled, originating from, and a slew of other useful information.

All in all, great app and has been since it's inception. Releases died down for a bit with v1 but it always remained completely functional with every OS it was advertised as supporting. It's pretty obvious the software was not abandoned as v2 is a major upgrade. As a bonus, since the app is too "powerful" for the mac app store, you can try it out before you buy it. Proxifier is in a league of it's own with no real competitors. ProxyCap's feature list is closest of all the other "proxification" apps out there but it still lags quite a bit in my opinion. Besides features it's UI is a straight rip form their windows version and the app relies on a LaunchDaemon installed to /Library/LaunchDaemons/ that runs as root every time the computer is turned on, no matter who is logged in. Might just be me, but I like to be able to control what processes are running and when.

Compare all of the proxification apps and then stick with what works for you, my choice is pretty apparent. Proxifier is to other proxification apps what 1password is to password managers. Way above the competition in every regard.
[Version 1.3.7]


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MacMeComplete reviewed on 18 Jul 2012
have tested the different beta-versions in the last months
very big steps were made in my opinion

handling of proxies, creation of complexe rules, the improved GUI, the abilities to log and analyze the traffic, e.g.

everthing is strongly improved
my experiece with the initex team have been:
the developers are very open-minded for questions + suggestions
the support is answering the emails in short time + widespread

i hope the final release will have all features of the windows version
and improvements are added constantly
[Version 1.3.7]


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+4
Wyman13 commented on 10 Aug 2011
Why no reviews/comments for the last 39months? Last was from May of 2008 and it is now Aug of 2011? Looks like an interesting product, and the company must think it is good to charge $40 for it. So why no comments/reviews for the past 3yrs and 3 mos? Fishy.
[Version 1.3.5]

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Wyman13 replied on 10 Aug 2011
Developer's site says, "For Mac OS X 10.4 please use Proxifier for Mac v1.1.6" so apparently this version (1.3.5) won't work for Tiger OS X users.
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Fishscale replied on 22 Jan 2012
No replies because honestly, the app has not changed much... at all since those last reviews. Yes, there have been little maintenance releases but in terms of UI or new feature additions, nothing. Still a great app, just not much attention is being paid to the OS X version of proxifier, I think their windows version is the bread winner so it receives much more attention/new features. They have been working on a v2 for mac for quite some time, I wouldn't expect it soon or even to be much of a bump.
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Initex (developer) replied on 14 May 2012
I am happy to say that we have released a beta version of the next major version of Proxifier for Mac. For more information please check http://www.proxifier.com/mac/beta/

The development has taken a long time but I believe it is the most powerful proxy client for Mac OS X at the moment. Besides other things it supports all feature of the most recent Windows version.
Your feedback is highly appreciated. Thanks!
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+19

Tournesol reviewed on 19 May 2008
Didn't configure anything and now I can stream my music through my companys proxy at work using Simplify Media. Great app! The app seemed rather initimidating at first, but before I had read the Help me file the app had done everything in the background.
[Version 1.0]


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macmouse reviewed on 07 Oct 2007
Wow, this software really works!
The user interface is a bit clumsey, but it gets the job done. For that matter, for one to have a need for this software you have to be pretty technically inclined. II have been using it to route apps through a SSH proxy tunnel, and so far everything has worked as advertised.
[Version 1.0]


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Brian.mcgroarty rated on 13 Jun 2013

[Version 2.11.2]



kdhrtfj rated on 22 Oct 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



ElTarlo rated on 12 Jul 2012

[Version 1.3.7]


Downloads:9,641
Version Downloads:2,506
Type:Utilities : Network
License:Shareware
Date:07 Dec 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $39.95
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Proxifier allows users to access any Internet application via firewalled/proxied network. There are many network applications that do not support working through proxy servers and thus cannot be used behind a LAN or firewall(s). Proxifier solves this problem and gives you the opportunity to work with your favorite software without any restrictions.

With Proxifier you can work with any Internet client (browsers, P2P, messengers, SSH, video/audio, games) through a network that is separated from the Internet by a firewall/proxy.

Proxifier will provide you with added privacy in all your Internet activities. An example is sending and receiving email through a proxy server or by chaining multiple proxy servers together.


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