Opened 10 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#18 closed Feature Wish (wontfix)

Make "auto-proxy" use HTTP_PROXY environment variable on *NIX platforms

Reported by: Samuli Seppänen Owned by: David Sommerseth
Priority: major Milestone: beta 2.3
Component: Networking Version: OpenVPN 2.1.0 / 2.1.1 (Community Ed)
Severity: Not set (select this one, unless your'e a OpenVPN developer) Keywords:


Currently "auto-proxy" only supports Windows. *NIX systems often store HTTP proxy settings in an environment variable called HTTP_PROXY. It would be beneficial if "auto-proxy" would detect this environment variable and use it to define proxy settings automatically.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Samuli Seppänen

This feature request was originally from Jason Haar and was discussed in the IRC meeting on July 8th (see

The name of the variable can also be in lowercase ("http_proxy").

For further information about HTTP_PROXY variable see these links:

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by David Sommerseth

Milestone: beta 2.2

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by David Sommerseth

Owner: set to David Sommerseth
Status: newaccepted

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by Emmanuel Bretelle

Another way to detect proxy settings for users using graphical sessions could be through gconf with keys:

$ gconftool-2 -a /system/proxy

autoconfig_url =
ftp_port = 0
mode = none
secure_port = 0
secure_host =
socks_host =
socks_port = 0
ftp_host =

$ gconftool-2 -a /system/http_proxy

use_http_proxy = false
port = 8080
authentication_password =
authentication_user =
host =
use_authentication = false
ignore_hosts = [localhost,,*.local]

Also, these might be interesting pointers:

comment:5 Changed 9 years ago by David Sommerseth

Component: Generic / unclassifiedNetworking
Milestone: beta 2.2beta 2.3

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by David Sommerseth

Resolution: wontfix
Status: acceptedclosed

The --auto-proxy feature has been removed from OpenVPN and will be processed in the GUIs. The GUI (or another OpenVPN front-end) which is specially designed for a particular user environment will know better how to extract this information, rather than the core OpenVPN needing to support each environment separately.

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