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This site presents a list of open source HTTP proxies written in java and python, with comparison tables, so that you compare the proxies on a feature by feature basis. Further detail is available on each proxy: click it's name for more info.

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Detailed information about PYTHON proxy: Approx
Proxy Name Approx
Language and version python version: 2.5.1
HTTP version 1.0
HTTPS Connect no
Windows NTLM support no
Last updated YYYY-MM-DD 2005-02-12
Platform all
Author Fuzzyman
Home page http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/cgi.shtml#approx
Primary features A Family of Internet Censorship Related Tools

This script will remotely fetch web pages for you, which is useful if you are in a restricted web environment (e.g. a censored one).

  • It does not help provide anonymity as it doesn't yet block Javascript.
  • gives you the option of retrieving a page unmodified
  • doesn't mangle mailto and nntp links
  • will fetch https resources if requested (with the accompanying security risk)
  • doesn't mangle local url references (within the page)
  • works in conjuction with approxClientproxy to allow fully transparent browsing through the proxy !
  • useful DEBUG mode (for http and CGI environment disgnostics.. including cookies)
  • doesn't generate XHTML that IE can't display
  • It's written in Python and so a lot easier to adapt !
  • Will handle cookies automatically using the ClientCookie or cookielib module, if they're available.
  • Can be set to only allow access to a specified domain by setting the RESTRICTED variable.
License BSD
Design Architecture CGI
Notes Modelled on James Marshall's CGIProxy, written in Perl