WWW::ProxyChecker - check whether or not proxy servers are alive


    use strict;
    use warnings;
    use WWW::ProxyChecker;

    my $checker = WWW::ProxyChecker->new( debug => 1 );

    my $working_ref= $checker->check( [ qw(

    die "No working proxies were found\n"
        if not @$working_ref;

    print "$_ is alive\n"
        for @$working_ref;


The module provides means to check whether or not HTTP proxies are alive. The module was designed more towards "quickly scanning through to get a few" than "guaranteed or your money back" therefore there is no 100% guarantee that non-working proxies are actually dead and that all of the reported working proxies are actually good.



    my $checker = WWW::ProxyChecker->new;

    my $checker_juicy = WWW::ProxyChecker->new(
        timeout       => 5,
        max_kids      => 20,
        max_working_per_child => 2,
        check_sites   => [ qw(
        agent   => 'Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:'
                    .' Gecko/20080207 Ubuntu/7.10 (gutsy) Firefox/',
        debug => 1,

Bakes up and returns a new WWW::ProxyChecker object. Takes a few arguments all of which are optional. Possible arguments are as follows:


    ->new( timeout => 5 );

Optional. Specifies timeout in seconds to give to LWP::UserAgent object which is used for checking. If a connection to the proxy times out the proxy is considered dead. The lower the value, the faster the check will be done but also the more are the chances that you will throw away good proxies. Defaults to: 5 seconds


    ->new( agent => 'ProxeyCheckerz' );

Optional. Specifies the User Agent string to use while checking proxies. By default will be set to mimic Firefox.


    ->new( check_sites => [ qw( ) ] );

Optional. Takes an arrayref of sites to try to connect to through a proxy. Yes! It's evil, saner ideas are more than welcome. Defaults to:

    check_sites   => [ qw(


    ->new( max_kids => 20 );

Optional. Takes a positive integer as a value. The module will fork up maximum of max_kids processes to check proxies simultaneously. It will fork less if the total number of proxies to check is less than max_kids. Technically, setting this to a higher value might speed up the overall process but keep in mind that it's the number of simultaneous connections that you will have open. Defaults to: 20


    ->new( max_working_per_child => 2 );

Optional. Takes a positive integer as a value. Specifies how many working proxies each sub proccess should find before aborting (it will also abort if proxy list is exhausted). In other words, setting 20 max_kids and max_working_per_child to 2 will give you 40 working proxies at most, no matter how many are in the original list. Specifying undef will get rid of limit and make each kid go over the entire sub list it was given. Defaults to: undef (go over entire sub list)


    ->new( debug => 1 );

Optional. When set to a true value will make the module print out some debugging information (which proxies failed and how, etc). By default not specifies (debug is off)



    my $working_ref = $checker->check( [ qw(

Instructs the object to check several proxies. Returns a (possibly empty) array ref of addresses which the object considers to be alive and working. Takes an arrayref of proxy addresses. The elements of this arrayref will be passed to LWP::UserAgent's proxy() method as:

    $ua->proxy( [ 'http', 'https', 'ftp', 'ftps' ], $proxy );

so you can read the docs for LWP::UserAgent and maybe think up something creative.


    my $last_alive = $checker->alive;

Must be called after a call to check(). Takes no arguments, returns the same arrayref last check() returned.


The module provides an accessor/mutator for each of the arguments in the constructor (new() method). Calling any of these with an argument will set a new value. All of these return a currently set value:


See CONSTRUCTOR section for more information about these.


Zoffix Znet, <zoffix at> (,


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-www-proxychecker at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc WWW::ProxyChecker

You can also look for information at:


Copyright 2008 Zoffix Znet, all rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.