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Shadowsocks (Bypass Censorship)

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Available since: version 0.18.0

What is Shadowsocks?

Shadowsocks is a tool for securely forwarding network requests to a remote server. It consists of two parts: (1) a Shadowsocks server, and (2) a Shadowsocks client with a SOCKS5 proxy.

Shadowsocks can be used to bypass Internet filtering and censorship. This requires that the Shadowsocks server is in a location where it can freely access the Internet, without filtering.

Your FreedomBox can run a Shadowsocks client which can connect to a Shadowsocks server. It will also run a SOCKS5 proxy. Local devices can connect to this proxy, and their data will be encrypted and proxied through the Shadowsocks server.

Alternatively, your FreedomBox can run a Shadowsocks server, that allows Shadowsocks clients to connect to it. Clients' data will be encrypted and proxied through this server.

Using Shadowsocks?

Shadowsocks can be used as follows:

Shadowsocks connection diagram

Configuring your FreedomBox for Shadowsocks Client

To enable Shadowsocks Client, first navigate to the Shadowsocks Client (Bypass Censorship) page, and install it.

Server: the Shadowsocks server is not this FreedomBox's IP or URL; rather, it will be another server or VPS that has been configured as a Shadowsocks server. There are also some public Shadowsocks servers listed on the web, but be aware that whoever operates the server can see where requests are going, and any non-encrypted data will be visible to them.

To use Shadowsocks Client after setup, set the SOCKS5 proxy URL in your device, browser or application to http://freedombox_address:1080/

Configuring your FreedomBox for Shadowsocks Server

To enable Shadowsocks Server, first navigate to the Shadowsocks Server (Help Others Bypass Censorship) page, and install it.

Note: In general, a FreedomBox should be set up as either a Shadowsocks Server, or a Shadowsocks Client, but not both!

For Shadowsocks Clients to connect to your server, they will need to know your domain name, the password, and the encryption method.

Port Forwarding

If your FreedomBox is behind a router, you will need to set up port forwarding on your router. You should forward the following ports for Shadowsocks Server:

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