How to set up and use proxy in your server | Docker | Docker-compose |

How to set up and use proxy in your server | Docker | Docker-compose |

I wanted to run a proxy in my server, I tried everything but still failed to set it up. I tried mitmproxy, squid, and some other proxies that I forgot, yet I somehow failed in all of them.

After researching a little more I finally found a solution that works perfectly.

This awesome tool is written in python, has docker configurations, and HTTPS certificate generator.

So let's start.

I reckon that you are already on your server's terminal, you have git and python3-virtualenv installed.

git clone
python3 -m venv env
. env/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt

So if you run all commands so far, you should be good.

Now, this is where we do a little customization. In docs, they are building and running containers through docker engine, but we will create our own docker-compose file for more comfort.

if you don't have already installed docker and docker-compose please follow these links:

for docker: docker/download

for docker-compose (ubuntu): linuxize/docker-compose

Let's dig in.

create a file called docker-compose.yml in our cloned directory (

nano docker-compose.yml

paste this context

version: "3"

    build: .
    container_name: custom-proxy
      - "8899:8899"
    restart: always

if you have an entry for hosts file you can use extra-hosts

here is sample

    build: .
    container_name: custom-proxy
      - "8899:8899"
    restart: always
      - ""

Let me break these lines for you

proxy is just the name of the service

build is where our Dockerfile is located (yes it's in the current directory!)

container_name is not necessary, I just did it because I like it that way

ports: we expose the ports to the public ( default is 8899)

restart: always is simply saying start running container again if an error occurs

That's that.

Now that we have our docker-compose file we can update and run our containers more easily! Run the following command to build and get your container up.

sudo docker-compose build

when this command finishes you'll have something like this

Step 14/15 : ENTRYPOINT [ "proxy" ]
 ---> Using cache
 ---> a18dd7a78abb
Step 15/15 : CMD [ "--hostname=" ]
 ---> Using cache
 ---> 012db77b2da2
Successfully built 012db77b2da2
Successfully tagged proxypy_proxy:latest

to get you container up and running

sudo docker-compose up

note: add -d parameter at the end to run in the background

Creating exbir-proxy ... done
Attaching to exbir-proxy
exbir-proxy | 2020-12-04 18:43:35,267 - pid:1 [I] load_plugins:334 - Loaded plugin proxy.http.proxy.HttpProxyPlugin
exbir-proxy | 2020-12-04 18:43:35,268 - pid:1 [I] listen:113 - Listening on
exbir-proxy | 2020-12-04 18:43:35,277 - pid:1 [I] start_workers:136 - Started 2 workers

CONGRATULATIONS! your proxy works in your server on port 8899!

At this point, I have a little bonus for you. If you have your own customizations too, to make docker-compose controls easier, go ahead and make temporary alias for yourself.

alias dd="sudo docker-compose down -v && sudo docker-compose build && sudo docker-compose up -d"

You can add it to your .bashrc (or other shells) file if you want to make it permanent.

Please ask me any questions related to this post!