This post describes a simple method to easily switch in and out of proxies if you use one occasionally.

It’s actually pretty simple. I use Google Chrome as my primary browser, and firefox occasionally for testing websites. So, I simply set firefox to be a browser for browsing sites behind a proxy.

sudo sed -i.bak 's/firefox/proxychains firefox/g' /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop

In this method, I used proxychains to set the proxy server configuration.

I added a third command in the menu in case I didn’t want to use a proxy.

just edit the /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop file:

#Edit the following line to add NewNonProxyWindow;
#Add the following lines at the end of the file
[Desktop Action NewNonProxyWindow]
Name=Open a New Non-Proxy Window
Exec=proxychains firefox

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