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How To Use Proxies With Craigslist

Craigslist is an online advertising platform where users can view and list any classified ads whether it be for a job, renting apartments, selling used items and a lot more. Read our quick guide on how to install a proxy server for it!

Carl Gamutan

by Carl Gamutan

Publishing Date: March 5, 2022

Craigslist is an online advertising platform where users can view and list any classified ads whether it be for a job, renting apartments, selling used items and a lot more. Craigslist posting is divided into categories and sections to make it easier to find what you want. Craigslist is the most popular in the US but other countries are also actively using it.

Craigslist has basically built a different site for major cities. So if you’re a marketer looking to tap into a target audience in a different location or even someone simply looking to interact with people in a different city, then you need a vpn or a Craigslist proxy to change your location and enable you to do this. A Craigslist proxy is especially useful to marketers or scrapers that also want to scrape data from Craigslist or post multiple ads on it.

A Craigslist proxy hides your personal IP address and only shows it’s own IP address to Craigslist. An excellent Craigslist proxy provider would have millions of IPs in their proxy pool, which ensures that you use a new IP every time it rotates. This allows you to bypass any restrictions you have with your single IP address without the repercussions of getting banned or an IP block.

The best kind of proxies for Craigslist would be residential proxies. Residential proxies use real residential IP addresses from your chosen location. Rotating proxies assure that you won’t get any bans for your account even when you’ve been recognized. It’s also possible to use datacenter proxies, which are faster compared to residential proxies, but will also increase the likelihood of you getting banned as it’s not as secure compared to residential proxies.

A reminder that if you want to use a free Craigslist proxy, then you will likely be detected by Craigslist and even have your own information breached.

Let’s configure a Craigslist proxy server.

How To Use Proxies With Craigslist

For Windows:

To set up proxies in Windows, simply search for “Proxy Settings” in your windows search bar and open the search result.


You are then given two options to choose from: Automatic proxy setup or Manual proxy setup. If you want windows to automatically detect your proxy settings, choose the first option. Choose the second option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.

If you chose the first option, then:

  1. Turn on Automatically detect Settings
  2. Turn on Use setup script
  3. Enter the script address
  4. Click Save


If you chose the second option, then:

  1. Turn on Use a proxy server
  2. Input both server address and port number
  3. If you have any addresses you would like to visit without a proxy, enter them here
  4. Turn on Don’t use the proxy server for local addresses check box if you want to access a local server without a proxy
  5. Click Save


For Mac.

To start configuring your proxy settings in MacOS, simply:

Step 1. Click on the Apple Icon.


Step 2. On the drop down menu, click on “System Preferences”.


Step 3. Click on “Network”


Step 4. Click on “Advanced”


Note: Make sure to connect to your wi-fi first.

Step 5. Click on “Proxies”


This should then redirect you to MacOS proxy settings. MacOS is more straightforward compared to windows. You only have one option which is to manually configure your proxy server.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Select which proxy IP protocol you want to configure. This depends on which protocols your proxy service provider offers.
  2. Turn on Secure Web Proxy
  3. Input the Proxy Server Address and Port Number
  4. Click OK to save the configurations

Note: You may be prompted for your Mac user password to save your settings.


For Mobile:

To set up a Craigslist mobile proxy network, simply change your phone’s proxy settings. Craigslist will automatically copy your phone’s proxy settings whenever you use it. This is applicable for both Android and IOS. Here’s a thorough guide for Android and another one for iPhone.

Congratulations! You have now finished configuring a Craigslist proxy server. Note that the first time you visit it, there will be a pop up asking for your login credentials.

Note: Make sure that the web browser you’re using for Craigslist is set to automatically copy your computer’s proxy settings. Google Chrome automatically does this, so it’s recommended to use it.

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