Privoxy and Polipo

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  1. dumpydonk

    dumpydonk Registered Member

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    The Tor bundle used to be Tor and Privoxy. Now it is Tor plus Polipo.

    AIUI both Privoxy and Polipo are HTTP proxies which do two things. They add a form of cleaning to all HTTP / HTTPS traffic that goes to the client from the web servers and they also ensure that DNS requests from the browser go through them (through 811:cool: and are then passed on to Tor (through 9050) preventing "leakage" since Tor is a SOCKS proxy (SOCKS 5) which cannot handle DNS requests.

    Does that make sense?

    I am also wondering what the differences are between Privoxy and Polipo and why the Tor people now bundle Polipo rather than Privoxy?

    Thanks.
     
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    dumpydonk Registered Member

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    Basically Polipo is faster and is primarily made for Tor. Privoxy has many other uses and is not optimized for Tor.
     
  5. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    Polipo does pipelining which is more effective connection-wise, while Privoxy does not, but Privoxy can be used in conjunction with Polipo as it can provide some more filtering in a complementary fashion - but, that may slow up the process.

    -- Tom
     
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