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Using proxies

What is a proxy server?

A proxy server acts as a gateway or middleman between you and the internet. It's an intermediary server separating you from the website you browse. They can be set up as a firewall or a web filter, acting as a layer of cybersecurity that prevents cyber attackers from entering a private network and protects your computer against malware and other cyber threats. Thus, proxy servers can add an extra layer of security, and privacy depending on your use case, needs, or company policy.

If you are using a proxy server, internet traffic flows through the proxy server on its way to the address you requested. The request then comes back through that same proxy server (there are exceptions to this rule), and then the proxy server forwards the data received from the website to you.

How can you configure proxies?

The scenario-tools allow you to configure proxy settings if you are using proxies. In the config folder of the scenario-tools you will find a file named settings.yml. This file contains all settings for the tool, like input folders and csv settings. You can read more about this file here. To include your proxy settings, add those to the settings.yml file. In the local.settings.yml file you can add a setting with your proxy settings:

http: <YOUR_PROXY>

Now when you run the tools, the proxies will be automatically used to communicate with the ETM.

Authenticated proxies

If you are using authenticated proxies, you can add include the required user name and password in the URLs in the settings file:


Since your user name and password are secret settings, make sure to only add those settings to local.settings.yml. This file will allow you to overwrite any of the settings from the settings.yml.