How and why to use a proxy

Wondering what a 'Proxy' is all about? You've come to the right place.

 

Why might I need a proxy?

The great thing about Phantombuster is that it's in the cloud. This means Phantoms can act on your behalf without your browser having to be active or you having to be around. However, the thing about this 'cloud' is that it actually has an address, or addresses, all over the world - and the ones being used might be totally different from where you are in the world.

Some websites, such as Facebook, are closely monitoring the geographical location of your IP address(es). If they see that you're connecting from your own browser in, for example, France, and Phantombuster is simultaneously connecting from elsewhere in the world, they will very quickly catch on and suspend your account.

To avoid this, you can use a proxy. But what is a proxy? It acts as an intermediary and places your browser in a different geographical location of your choice. In other words, having one close to you can come in very handy, and is even highly recommended with some Phantoms (such as Facebook ones) in order to reach their full potential.

 

Create a proxy with Proxymesh

If you need help to create a proxy, you’re welcome to use any service you want - many are really good. One we would recommend is Proxymesh, because it has multiple locations and is very easy to use. 

If you already have a proxy, you can skip ahead to the next section for how to set it up on Phantombuster.

  • Step 1: Create a Proxymesh account

On their website. You can only have one account per IP address.

Important: Make sure your Proxymesh username and password don't contain any special characters such as '@' or '#'. This means you should only have letters or numbers in your username and password. Do not use an email address as a username.

  • Step 2: Select the proxy that’s closest to you:
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Click on its address to access the details:

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From proxymesh.com/account/edit_proxies, choose the proxy that best fits your location. It's important to select the proxy as close to you as possible!

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Test the proxy in your browser

Go ahead and log into the social network account you're planning on using with your proxy. This is especially key for Facebook, as it's essential to use a proxy with all Facebook Phantoms.

To log into your Facebook with the proxy, you need to make sure the proxy is working in your browser. This article, Troubleshooting with proxies, has a step-by-step guide. Once you know it works in your browser, you can set up the proxy on your Phantombuster account and get started automating!

 

Set up your proxy on Phantombuster

Once you have your proxy, you have two options for using it with your Phantoms.

  • Proxy pool

To store your proxy's information on your Phantombuster account so you can use it with multiple Phantoms, you can create a proxy pool.

Click on your name in the top right on the Phantombuster site and choose 'Proxies':

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Then click on '+ New proxy pool' and name it anything you like:

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Fill in the proxy information you got from your proxy service: your proxy’s address (which should look something like this: fr.proxymesh.com:31280) and your login details. Again, it's important to make sure that your username and password don't contain any special characters such as '@' or '#'. Do not use an email address as a username.

Click on 'Add proxy' to save.

Head to the advanced settings on the 'Settings' step of your Phantom's Setup:

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In the 'Proxy' section, choose 'Random proxy from pool' and select your proxy pool:

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  •   Single-use HTTP proxy

In this same section, you can choose the 'HTTP' option if you just need your proxy for one Phantom. Fill in your proxy details as before:

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Don’t forget to click on 'Save' 💾 and you're ready to launch your Phantom with a proxy!

🍷 Bravo!

 

N.B.:

  • Using a proxy doesn’t allow you to do anything you want. You’re still using your own personal cookie that identifies you. If you try sending thousands of messages, you will be noticed as having suspicious behavior and flagged.
  • Phantombuster will not work with a VPN, you must use a proxy instead.
  • ️Using a proxy near you is strongly recommended for Facebook Phantoms.
  • Proxies do not work yet with Twitter Phantoms.
  • Check out Troubleshooting with proxies to avoid other common proxy errors
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