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How to install Glype on Ubuntu Server?

Glype is a web-based proxy script written in PHP with focus on features, functionality, and ease of use. In this post, I will explain how to install Glype on Ubuntu Server. A web-based proxy script can be hosted on a website and it provides proxy service to users via the web browser. It downloads requested web pages, modifies them for compatibility with the proxy, and forwards them to the user. Proxies, such as Glype are commonly used for anonymous browsing and bypassing censorship and other restrictions placed by certain countries and work environments. One can use a Glype proxy server privately or make it available to public. In fact, if you do not want to go the trouble (which it isn’t) setting up Glype, there are nice people out on Glype forum that have shared their proxies for public use. When browsing through glype proxy, your server (running glype) IP address will appear as the IP address of your current system. But we at htpcBeginner, find ways to make your Linux home server even more useful. So let us go ahead and install Glype on Ubuntu server.

Install Glype on UbuntuGlype Features

Glype is free for personal use and is affordable for commercial use. Some of its key features include:

  • Plug and Play. Simply upload, configure and go!
  • Admin Control Panel for easy management and configuration.
  • JavaScript Support provides increased compatibility with websites.
  • Skinable. A theme system allows for customization of your proxy.
  • Access Controls blacklist users by IP address and websites by domain name.
  • BlockScript® Integration protects the proxy by blocking specified countries, filtering companies, malicious traffic, bots and spiders, and more.
  • Unique URLs provide greater privacy by expiring URLs in the browser history at the end of a browsing session.
  • Plugins allow for easy installation of site-specific modifications. Useful for adding new functionality to websites.
  • Advanced Options let users change their user-agent and referrer, manage cookies, and remove JavaScripts and Flash.
  • Source Viewable and webmasters may modify the source code subject to the terms of the license.

Glype may not have as many features as dedicated VPN service such as PureVPN but if you already run a server, it is a nice little addon to extend your server.

Requirements

One can install Glype on Ubuntu server or in fact any server that supports the requirement. This includes paid hosting space such as those from HostGator or GoDaddy. There are only 2 main requirements:

  1. A webserver that as PHP5+ installed. If you do not have a webserver running on your Ubuntu Server, check our guides on Apache webserver installation, PHP installation, and PHP configuration.
  2. cURL enabled – If you followed our PHP installation and configuration guides, you should have cURL enabled. If not you can install cURL using the command below.
sudo apt-get install curl php5-curl

Then reload your Apache server:

sudo service apache2 reload

Even if you already have the above two packages installed there is no harm in running the above commands. If you want to check if cURL support is enabled, you can create a phpinfo.php file in your webserver’s root with the following contents in it:

< ?php
phpinfo();
?>

Then, open the file in your browser and look for something like this:

cURL Support Check
cURL Support Check

Once you ensure that cURL support is enabled you can delete the phpinfo.php file and proceed to install Glype on Ubuntu.

Continue to next page to fully install Glype on Ubuntu…

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Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.

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