# The Smart Proxy in minutes
If your application is not designed to work with an HTTP/S based API to crawl and scrape websites like the Crawling API, we have designed an intelligent rotating proxy that forwards your requests to the Crawling API. You simply use it as a normal proxy in your application.
All Proxy calls should go to
http://smartproxy.proxycrawl.com and port
8012 using your access token as a proxy username.
Therefore making your first call is as easy as running the following line in the terminal. Go ahead and try it!
curl -x "http://[email protected]:8012" -k "http://httpbin.org/ip"
# How it works?
When you send a request to the proxy, the proxy will authorize your request using your proxy authorization username, your private access token below. It will then redirect your request to the Crawling API and then return the response to your application. If you require to use the extra features of the Crawling API in this mode, you will need to send the HTTP header
ProxyCrawlAPI-Parameters and send the options you require to use. Check the examples section below for real examples.
# Important Note
It is important to disable SSL verification when using the smart proxy, otherwise we will not be able to redirect your requests to the Crawling API. Therefore you should skip verifying certificates.
# Request example