Ubuntu – 407 Proxy Authentication Required


When I try to install a software using Ubuntu Software center I get:

Failed to download repository information
Check Your Internet connection

When I try to do a apt-get install something, I get:

407  Proxy Authentication Required

I use a proxy server that requires a user-name and a password.
I have set my systems proxy manually, by plugging in the required numbers in the Networks proxy and applied it system wide. I guess the problem now is plugging in my user-name and password.

When I use INTERNET via Mozilla, it specifically asks me for my user-name and password.

Best Answer

For your apt-get to work, you should edit your apt config file:

sudo -H gedit /etc/apt/apt.conf

And add Acquire::http::Proxy "http://username:password@proxyhost:port/";

The syntax shown above should be strictly followed.

This configuration may fail if your username or password has an '@' in it. You can also add proxy configuration for other protocols such as FTP.

Update: If your username or password has '@' in it you can replace it with %40 Example:If your password is @123 enter it as %40123.

For other characters see this Percent-encoding

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