To start using ProtoWeb, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and a web browser, that supports HTTP and FTP proxies. Protoweb is a free service, and no account is required to use it. All you need to do is add one of our Proxy Server addresses to your Web browser settings, or download RetroZilla (Protoweb Edition) or Protoweb Browser, which are both pre-configured for use with Protoweb.

Quick start guide

Step 1: Internet connection

Make sure the computer is connected to the Internet. If the computer you are using doesn’t have networking or a network card, you can use the serial port and a Raspberry Pi Virtual Modem. You can use it to simulate a dial-up connection.

Step 2: Internet browser
Install a web browser in case you haven’t done so already. If you’re using a modern computer, you can use RetroZilla (Protoweb Edition), or Protoweb Browser. Both are customized to work with Protoweb with no configuration needed. In general, you can use any web browser that supports proxy settings (most do). We also maintain a comprehensive list of tested browsers on various platforms.
Step 3: Browser configuration
If you installed RetroZilla (Protoweb Edition) or the Protoweb Browser, you are ready to go, no additional steps needed! If you’re using another web browser, or downloaded RetroZilla from their official website, go to it’s Network Settings. There will be a tab or a button to access Proxy settings. Under HTTP and FTP you will need to type in the address of our Proxy server along with it’s port number. We keep an updated list of current proxy servers here.

Now you can use the service. Navigate to to begin, or go to to view the full index of restored domains.

Once you have set up your browser, all there is to do is to enjoy the thousands of web sites available. There is a comprehensive index  of restored domains. Simply open up your web browser and navigate to You can also search for new sites, and interests using the built-in search at, or watch streaming videos on WarpStream!

You may want to check in on our IRC channel, which is linked to our Discord server. With your favorite IRC client, connect to, port 6667 and join the channel #protoweb to chat with others 24/7!