SOCKS4A/SOCKS5 proxy support?

David Shaw dshaw at
Mon Sep 24 21:31:11 CEST 2012

On Sep 24, 2012, at 3:22 PM, Jacob Appelbaum wrote:

> David Shaw:
>> On Sep 24, 2012, at 6:11 AM, Werner Koch wrote:
>>> On Mon, 24 Sep 2012 01:43, jacob at said:
>>>> Are there any plans to add support to gpg for SOCKS5? Would such
>>>> a thing be a welcome patch?
>>> Does Curl support SOCKS?  Then GnuPG should benefit from it
>>> directy. Well unless you are talking about Windows, where we don't
>>> build with Curl support.
>> If your curl is recent enough (7.21.7 and later), then you can set
>> the proxy to something like "socks5://"
>> and it should do the right thing.
> That is great news.
> I guess we'd want a way to set the SOCKS proxy in GnuPG and then
> properly set the SOCKS argument in the curl library usage. If that was
> done, I guess we'd have SOCKS support on all platforms other than
> Windows - which I think is a reasonable start.
> Is there anything I should consider before getting started on a patch?

You shouldn't need to patch anything.  Try this in your gpg.conf file:

  keyserver-options http-proxy=socks5://your-proxy-here

Or on the command line:

  gpg --keyserver-options http-proxy=socks5://your-proxy-here

Or just set the "http_proxy" environment variable.


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