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Mac Manual Proxy Exceptions
This article provides detailed instructions on how to manually set up proxy exceptions on your Mac.
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Updated over a week ago

Important update: Freedom now supports website exceptions on our Mac and Windows clients.

If you are hoping to allow specific sites on Mac, please see Setting Up Website Exceptions on Mac. This document should only be used if you need to make a special exception to the proxy, such as allowing an app that does not allow a proxy bypass, or if you specifically want to keep Freedom in proxy mode.

Block all websites, but allow email, Spotify, Pandora, Dropbox, etc.

On Freedom, you'll run a "Block All Websites" session, and configure your desktop clients as follows:

Specific Client Instructions:

  • Spotify - Preferences → Advanced Settings → Proxy → No Proxy

  • Google Drive - Should work natively

  • Pandora One - Should work natively

  • Other apps - ensure they are not using the system proxy, and they should be able to connect.

Setting up proxy bypass

On your Mac, open up System Preferences Network Advanced Proxies. Add the URLs for apps you want exceptions for to the field "Bypass proxy settings for these hosts & domains" in this format: * Multiple entries should be separated by commas:

Allowing iCloud & other Apple services

To allow Apple services such as iCloud, follow the proxy bypass instructions above and add these to your exclusion list: *, *,

Having trouble?

If you're having any difficulty, please feel free to contact us. We're happy to help!

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