How to Set Up A Different Proxy for Each Tab

In April of 2017, we released an industry-first feature called Ghost Proxy Control (GPC) that allows you to set a different proxy for each tab in your browser. This feature goes beyond standard contextual identities.

With GPC, you can be logged into one website with multiple accounts so you can browse the web as if from different places. Of course, this is all from one browser window.

GPC is an extension that only works in Ghost Browser. (Click here to learn more about the Chromium-based Ghost Browser).

This video should serve as a tl;dr and will give you a quick overview of what exactly this can do. For more details scroll down.

 

What’s it Do?

The main function of this extension is to let you assign a different proxy for each tab in your browser. To do this, you simply:

  1. Import your proxies, port, username and password through our csv import tool.
  2. Set your “Auto Assign” behavior to tell Ghost Browser how your want your proxies to be assigned when opening new tabs, Sessions or Task.
  3. Freely change the proxy address for any Task, Session or tab to override the defaults whenever you want.
  4. Whenever you revisit a Task, Ghost Browser will load each tab through the proxy you set it to use!

Yes, it’s that awesome!

This can be used to keep online profiles truly separate. SEOs and agencies that do social media management for clients have needed to do this forever. And now it’s easier than ever. It’s also great if you need to manage multiple Facebook accounts, log into multiple Twitter accounts or Instagram accounts for clients that live in other countries. No more annoying authentication issues!

Web developers and QA testers will love this too. If you work on an international site and are tired of solutions that will only change your IP address for the entire browser, then you’ll need this. And you’ll probably wonder how you ever lived without it. We’ll be using the Social Media Manager example below, but web devs and QA specialists will quickly understand the benefits, we’re sure.

How do I get it?

Download Ghost Browser for free and activate your 30-Day Free Trial to try Ghost Browser and the Ghost Proxy Control extension for free, no credit card required!

How to Set Up a Different Proxy for Each Tab

Here’s a closer look at how to use multiple proxies at the same time in different tabs with Ghost Browser.

First, you add your proxies. Note: we don’t have a Ghost Proxies product or anything like that. 🙂 You bring the proxies, we bring the magic. You can import proxies one at a time or bulk import multiple proxies from a spreadsheet. The import itself takes about a second, even with a couple hundred proxies.

 

First, let’s explore what’s available in the GPC extension. To access the settings click the icon in the Ghost Browser extensions tray.

Ghost Proxy Control

As you can see here, there are two different ways to use the GPC extension. You can use it like an IP changer and automate the way proxies are assigned, or you can override your connection settings at the tab, Session or Task level for granular control of your tabs.

You can also set a keyboard shortcut to refresh a tab with a new proxy to speed up your QA process.

Finally, there’s an option to add a URL you’d like to use for testing all of your proxies to make sure they’re all working. Any bad proxies will be listed and you can choose to disable them from there.

 

Use it Like an IP Changer

If you want to use GPC like an IP changer instead of assigning specific proxies, check the box to Auto Assign Proxies.Auto-Assign Proxy Behavior

When you open a new tab or Session in Ghost Browser you can set GPC to

  1. Assign a random proxy to that tab/Session
  2. Assign a random proxy to that tab/Session but assure no proxy is used more than once
  3. Assign the next proxy in your list

 

Let’s look at option 3 first. ‘Next proxy in list’ is essentially an IP Changer, similar to many extensions that already exist to use multiple proxies in Chrome or Firefox. However, there is one important difference. You can select the ‘Next proxy in list’ option to tell Ghost to do this at the tab or Session level.

If you are new to Ghost, I’ll explain briefly that a Session is a set of isolated, color-coded tabs that share a cookie jar. That cookie jar is separate from other cookie jars in the same browser window. (In other words, you can log into one Facebook account in gray tabs, another account in Purple tabs, etc., etc.).

So, in addition to setting a different proxy for each tab, you can also have separate accounts open on the same web site in one browser window.

This means you can use one set of purple tabs for one client’s social media accounts – all running off one IP address. Then you can have another set of tabs, say green, representing a different client’s social media, Google and other accounts. You don’t even have to set this for every Session.

Just open the Session and it will use the next IP address in your list. Don’t worry, you’ll still be using multiple proxies instead of having all of your tabs switched to the same proxy.

If you prefer to separate your clients by Task, which is our recommended approach for most agencies, you can set a Task to use a specific IP address. If you are a Premium user, you can even use Profiles or Identities to really go nuts with this extension.

 

Overriding Your Connection Settings

As you can see, there is also an override setting for each tab, Session and Task. This is where you are able to set the browser to use a different proxy for each tab. In fact for each tab, Session or Task, you can set it to use a direct connection, your system proxy or any of your custom Ghost Browser proxies.

So, the auto-assign feature makes it very easy for your proxy settings to work automagically. And the override capabilities give this extension the fine-grained control that so many technology professionals have been craving for so long.

You can set the override behavior to:

  1. Use a direct connection (no proxy)
  2. Use your system proxy (whatever you set in your OS as the default)
  3. Use a specific proxy from your list

We hope you love it! The extension is available now and we’re always accepting feedback. We are waiting to hear from you about any added controls or interface changes you think of! The idea is to make it a super efficient way for you to manage multiple proxies in Ghost Browser. If you have suggestions let us know in the comments!

 

14 Comments

  1. Humberto Inciarte on April 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Will this extension have an extra price? Or will be included on the subscription?

    • Larry Kokoszka on April 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Hi Humberto. Good question…you’re about three steps ahead of us though. We’ll let you know as soon as we catch up to you! 🙂

  2. Max Sims on April 21, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Will it work with Hidemyass?

    • Larry Kokoszka on April 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Hi Max. Which Hidemyass offering are you wanting to you use it with?

  3. geoff lord on April 21, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant solution for Anyone working with many clients from different parts of the World. Looking forward to giving this a try.

  4. Mike on June 12, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Wow! This feature has a lot of applications. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wayne Terrysson on July 30, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    A proxy is a different IP address that your computer can use to hide your original IP address. Proxy per tab allows you to open all new tabs with the different proxy from the list of proxies that you provide.Thanks for sharing.

    • Cat Kokoszka on August 1, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Of course Wayne, glad you’re finding it useful!

  6. noah on November 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

    would this work to cop multiple pairs of yeezys

    • Cat Kokoszka on March 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Noah! Yep, lots of Ghost Browsers use our multi-session feature paired with our custom and industry-first Ghost Proxy Control (GPC) extension to buy limited release sneakers. Hope you got some!

  7. Hans on February 25, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Hi,
    First, i really like this browser, these functions are amazing!

    I also have some questions:
    1. Is there any way to test which ip would be the fastest one to the destination URL?
    2. is it possible to let all tabs refresh together by some rules (like when failed open a webiste)?
    3. is there anyway to show a connection time period when i do Bulk Test Proxies?
    Cheers
    Hans

    • Cat Kokoszka on March 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Hans! We’re so glad to hear you’re liking the browser! These are all great questions, I’m happy to answer as best I can 🙂

      1. We don’t currently have a speed test built into the Ghost Proxy Control extension but I’ll bring this up with the team. You can test your proxies to make sure they’re all working correctly though. To do that click the Ghost Proxy Control (GPC) extension in the extensions tray and then click the purple ‘Add/Edit Proxies’ button. On the GPC settings page there’s a purple ‘Test Proxies’ button at the top of the page. Click that to test all of your proxies to make sure they’re working.
      2. Many users didn’t want to refresh all of their tabs so we created the ability to refresh only the tabs in a specific Session. If however you’d like to refresh all of your tabs at once this Chrome Web Store extension works great!
      3. I think you’re saying you’d like to see a timer for how long each proxy has been connected. If that’s correct please send us a message from our contact page so I can get some more information around what your needs are so I can bring this up with the team.

  8. Kevin on March 20, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Hi I know Amazon links people’s accounts if say I have an account and my friend logs In via my computer, so IP change is a great, however can’t they see additional info like Mac address etc.?

    • Cat Kokoszka on March 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Hi Kevin! That’s a great question but unfortunately I’m not an expert on what technology Amazon uses for “tracking”. What I will say is that if you log into multiple Amazon accounts in different colored Session tabs and assign a different IP address to each Session that will likely be enough to make sure your search or purchase history stays separate. I say this because my husband and I have both used this same technique when shopping for gifts for each other and we’ve never seen ads for what the other is searching for either on or off-site from Amazon. I’d suggest checking out our support article on preventing WebRTC from leaking your IP address as well to provide an extra layer of security. Hope that helps!

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