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What's the difference between SOCKS and HTTP proxy format?

SOCKS5 and HTTP/HTTPS are both protocols used to transfer data over the internet. SOCKS5 is a proxy protocol that is used to transfer data between a client and a server. It is a more flexible protocol than HTTP/HTTPS and can work with any traffic. SOCKS5 proxies are traffic agnostic, meaning they simply pass whatever traffic you’re sending through the server and to the recipient. In particular, SOCKS5 proxies establish a TCP connection for you, and by doing so, are able to transport UDP packets across the connection.

HTTP/HTTPS, on the other hand, is a protocol used to transfer data between a client and a server, but it is specifically designed for HTTP (TCP) data. This means that it won’t support the UDP protocol. HTTP proxies are high-level proxies usually designed for a specific protocol. While this means you get better connection speeds, they’re not nearly as flexible and secure as SOCKS proxies.

Updated on: 03/16/2023

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