Set Web Proxy Settings via Terminal on MacOS

In order to set a web proxy on MacOS’ terminal, we will use networksetup utility:

  • First get list of network services
    networksetup -listallnetworkservices

    It will show a list like this:

    An asterisk (*) denotes that a network service is disabled.
    Thunderbolt Bridge
    Freedom VPN

    From the output, we know that Wi-Fi is what we’re looking for.

  • Next, set web proxy and secure web proxy as follows:
    networksetup -setwebproxy Wi-Fi 19999
    networksetup -setsecurewebproxy Wi-Fi 19999

    That’s it. You should be able to use the proxy now.

  • If you want to turn off the proxy, use the following commands:
networksetup -setwebproxystate Wi-Fi Off
networksetup -setsecurewebproxystate Wi-Fi Off

Using On in the above commands will turn on the proxies.

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