HttpBridge is an OSI
certified open source software, it is released under trems of
HttpBridge is a web http proxy, also called CGI-proxy. It is implemented by Java Servlets.
It allows designated family members, friends, and co-workers who are behind a firewall
or in the countries where internet is restricted to access liberal internet.
HttpBridge is designed to run on a server that has the full internet access. User sends
designated URL to HttpBridge, and HttpBridge retrieves internet contents on user's behalf,
and sends the contents back to user. All URLs and links in the contents returned to user
have been translated to point to HttpBridge server. This way, users who are behind firewall
can access all internet resources freely.
All communication between user and HttpBridge is encrypted by HTTPS to ensure the maximum
security and protection to users. In some countries, people could be put in jail just
because they viewing information the government forbids them to know.
HttpBridge is a very light weight server side software which consists of couple of Java
servlets. Java has been chosen to implememt HttpBridge due to its platform independence
and wide acceptance by web hosting business.
HttpBridge can be installed either on your home machine or hosted by web hosting service
providers (see demo site). Each instance of HttpBridge is
supposed to be used by a small group trusted people like family and friends, and all traffic
is encrypted by HTTPS to prevent being viewed by ISPs and other 3rd parties.
HttpBridge does not work with many web email services such as Hotmail and Yahoo. Most of web
email services use very complicated processes and scripts to verify various information
including cookies on the local machine. HttpBridge does not store any cookies from visited
web sites on the local machine. This is to protect user from known on the internet.
Install HttpBridge on your home server
If you have a high speed internet connection and full internet access, you can install a
HttpBridge on your home machine. You can use it yourself from behind any firewall you
have to be there during certain period. Or you can setup accounts for your family,
relatives, and/or friends to let them access liberal internet via your HttpBridge.
Install HttpBridge using web hosting service
In case of you do not want to hold a server at home for any reason, or even if yourself
are in some places where internet is restricted, you might consider web hosting services.
To find a provider, choose a package, send them HttpBridge to ask a setup, or you can
do it yourself. That is it, you are on the way.
26-Oct-2003: HttpBridge does work with a lot of free web email services.
- I recently found that www.mail.com is a good one. I can read and manage emails via HttpBridge,
but with problems on writing email. I will work on this to make HttpBridge to support some
friendly free web email services.
23-Aug-2003: Version 0.9 has been released.
Copyright © 2003 by Rex Young