Setting up SOCKS5 proxy on Chrome is not easy by default.
This is because Google Chrome is sharing the proxy setting/configuration with your installed Internet Explorer. And Internet Explorer does not support the SOCKS5 protocol. Mozilla Firefox which is one of the most popular web browsers is the most stable browser that can do the job for SOCKS5.
So if you are planning to set up your own proxy server, trying a new SOCKS5 proxy, or building your own SOCKS5 proxy server like I have documented before on how to how to bypass Internet censorship with Shadowsocks and AWS,
Google Chrome is not your best browser by default. But do not be despair because there is still hope for Google Chrome to get away from Internet Explorer’s Proxy settings and customize it with your own configuration. And I will show you how easy it is to set up a SOCKS5 proxy on Chrome.
Setup SOCKS5 Proxy On Chrome using Proxy SwitchyOmega Extension
Yes, folks! Proxy SwitchyOmega is the Chrome extension that I can recommend for you to set up or configure SOCKS5 on Chrome.
2. After you downloaded and installed Proxy SwitchyOmega, you can now set up SOCKS5 proxy on Chrome.
Here’s is an example of how you can do it and let’s assume that I will be using my AWS proxy which I have created.
3. Now, you can either open a new tab and enter this URL to open the SwitchyOmega extension settings – “chrome-extension://padekgcemlokbadohgkifijomclgjgif/options.html#/ui” without the quotes. OR, you can just click the SwitchyOmega from your Google Chrome and select Options.
4. What I will show you is just the BASIC configuration when you want to tunnel to your SOCKS5 proxy. Once you get the hang of it you can also play with the auto-switch options. Once you opened the Proxy SwitchyOmega configuration, by default there is already an Example Profile there. You can either use that or create your own. So what I will use to show you is creating your own profile. Click “New Profile…”
5. Just enter whatever name you want and then select the Profile type (for this example use Proxy Profile. And then click Create.