Oxylabs is a proxy provider for businesses. It offers access to premium dedicated and residential proxies. This Oxylabs review presents the main features of the service as well as its pros and cons.
Oxylabs Proxies review in a nutshell
|Proxy types||HTTP, HTTPS, TLS, SOCKS4, SOCKS5.|
|Proxy location||Worldwide proxy network.|
|Proxy client||Manual configuration, proxy bots or software, browser extensions, programmatically.|
|IP source||Residential IPs and Datacenter IPs.|
|IP rotation||Yes. Automatic rotation for residential proxies and optional proxy rotator on Virtual Machine for Datacenter proxies.|
|IP replacement||It depends.|
|Authentication||IP based or username/password.|
|Bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth for data center proxies, limited for residential proxies.|
|Speed & performance||Good.|
|Usage restrictions||No Ticketmaster, no port 25.|
|Trial period||Yes, 7 days.|
|Pricing||From $1.2/proxy/month for data center proxies. From $5/GB for residential proxies.|
|Payment methods||Paypal, wire transfer.|
|Moneyback & Refund policy||No refund after the trial.|
|Support||24/7 email/ticketing & live chat support.|
|Control Panel||Basic functions, advanced statistics.|
Oxylabs offers access to two types of proxies: data center proxies and residential proxies. They are elite proxies and they support the following protocols: HTTP (port 80), HTTPS (SSL over port 443), TLS, SOCKS4, and SOCKS5.
The data center proxies use dedicated IP addresses, are available in 100+ locations and come with unlimited bandwidth and unlimited concurrent sessions. They are suitable for tasks like market research (gather and analyze business intelligence data), brand protection, web crawling, search engine data scraping, ad verification, price comparisons, big data, classified posting, social media.
The residential proxies are compatible with scraping bots and they are suitable for ad verification, travel fare aggregation (collect data from hotel and flight company websites, online travel agencies, and other sources), or for creating and managing social media accounts (in the same manner as Instagram proxies, Facebook proxies, Twitter proxies).back to menu ↑
Oxylabs offers proxies all over the World (more than 30M IPs). The top proxy locations are the United States (3M+ IPs), Germany, Russia, United Kindom, France, Canada, Australia, China.back to menu ↑
Oxylabs proxies can be used in various ways, similarly to other HTTP/HTTPS and SOCKS proxies.
The manual proxy configuration of any browser or proxy-enabled application is easy to perform.
All popular web browsers can route your Internet traffic through HTTP/HTTPS or SOCKS proxies. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up SOCKS on Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari (similarly, HTTP proxies can be set up). Also, the HTTP proxies can be configured on iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
Proxy browser extensions
For faster management of the proxy settings, you may want to install a proxy browser extension or addon. The one that I and Oxylabs recommend is FoxyProxy that works for Firefox, as well as for Chrome. For the residential proxies, you need to use the main proxy entry point (pr.oxylabs.io and port 777) instead of the proxy IP and port.
Proxy software or proxy bots
Oxylabs proxies are specially designed for web crawling, search engine data scraping, ad verification. Thus they are suitable to be used with proxy software applications and proxy bots (e.g., Web mining platforms like Connotate, or Kapow).
Use the proxies programmatically
HTTP and SOCKS proxies can easily be used programmatically to build your own scripts and applications. In order to connect to the proxies, you may either use the username/password authentication or list the IP of your server in the Authorized IPs list in the Oxylabs Control Panel.
For example, in PHP, you may call the cURL function similarly to the code below:
$username = ‘USERNAME’;
$password = ‘PASSWORD’;
$proxy = ‘pr.oxylabs.io:7777’; //for residential proxies
$query = curl_init(‘https://xmyip.com’);
curl_setopt($query, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($query, CURLOPT_PROXY, “http://$proxy”);
curl_setopt($query, CURLOPT_PROXYUSERPWD, “customer-$username:$password”); $output = curl_exec($query); curl_close($query);
Oxylabs offers both data center IPs and residential IP addresses, depending on the package.back to menu ↑
Oxylabs residential proxies are rotating (you get new IP on every request). For the data center proxies, you may use certain proxy rotation applications or browser extensions.back to menu ↑
It depends on the case. Abused IPs and blocked IPs are not replaced.back to menu ↑
For the data center proxies both IP based or basic HTTP authentication (username and password) are available. If you use user/pass authentication the proxy port is 60000. If you have whitelisted your IP the port is 65432.
The residential proxies use the username and password authentication.back to menu ↑
Oxylabs residential proxies are priced based on traffic, so you get traffic limitations based on your pricing plan. Datacenter IPs have unlimited bandwidth and unlimited concurrent sessions.back to menu ↑
Speed & Performance
For testing the speed of the proxies provided by Oxylabs, I was provided access to a package of 100 data center proxies.
I was not able to perform a speed test using Speedtest.net as I kept getting the Latency Test Error. I suppose it has to do with the server proxy settings.
However, I did several tests using the XMyIP Speed Test (see one of the results below). The speed was good and the overall impression was that the proxies are stable.
Note: The speed test was performed in Europe, on a Windows machine using the Firefox browser.back to menu ↑
Oxylabs does not support port 25, and also their proxies should not be used as Ticketmaster proxies.back to menu ↑
Oxylabs offers a free 7-day trial to registered companies. You need to fill out a form and you will be contacted within 24 hours.back to menu ↑
The Oxylabs pricing model depends on the type of proxy (data center or residential) and on location (for data center proxies) or bandwidth (for residential proxies):
- Datacenter proxies in the United States from $1.8/month/proxy. The minimum number of proxies is 100.
- Datacenter proxies in the rest of the World from $4/month/proxy. The minimum number of proxies is 100.
- Residential proxies from $15/GB with a $300 minimum monthly commitment.
You may pay for Oxylabs proxies using PayPal or wire transfer.back to menu ↑
Moneyback & Refund policy
There is no refund after the trial for Oxylabs proxies. You may try the service without payment and see if the performance fits your needs.back to menu ↑
Oxylabs provides 24/7 system monitoring and enterprise-level support via Skype, Email or by phone for every client. The response time is,
When you buy proxies from Oxylabs, you are provided with a link to the proxy list and access to the Statistics Dashboard. It is the place where you can see proxy usage stats grouped by day, targets, or subnets. Also, it is where you can set the authorization IPs (Whitelist IPs) for the data center proxies.
Oxylabs is a proxy provider for businesses, optimized for large-scale web data extraction.
- A free trial is available.
- Data center and residential proxies available.
- HTTP, HTTPS, and SOCKS protocols supported.
- Unlimited bandwidth for data center proxies.
- Rotating proxies.
- No shared proxies.
- No small proxy packages (MOQ=100).
- No refund policy.