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 runs from 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 block 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 geographic 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 - there are many great ones. 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 your PhantomBuster account.
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.
2. Select the proxy that’s closest to you
Click on its address to access the details:
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!
Test the proxy in your browser
Check out this article for a step-by-step guide on how to do so.
Once you're sure your proxy is working, 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.
Set up your proxy on PhantomBuster
Once you have your proxy, you have two options for using it with your Phantoms.
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 of your account and choose "Proxies":
Click on "+ New proxy pool" and name it anything you like:
Fill in the proxy information you got from your proxy service - its 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 "#."
Click on "Add proxy" to save, then head to the advanced settings on the "Settings" step of your Phantom's setup:
In the "Proxy" section, choose "Random proxy from pool" and select your proxy pool:
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 the proxy details as before:
Don’t forget to click on 'Save' 💾 and you're ready to launch your Phantom with a proxy! 🍷 Bravo!
- 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 for 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 our proxy troubleshooting article to avoid other common errors.