-A PREROUTING -s -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-ports 8080
-A PREROUTING -s -p tcp -m tcp --dport 443 -j REDIRECT --to-ports 8080

The above code is a code Ive used to forward traffic in linux.

Now I need to do the same thing in Mac OSX. 10.8 if it matters.

So, here is the deal.

Before, I was using a proxy to connect to the linux machine and using that proxy I was able to monitor traffic using mitmproxy

Now, on the mac, Im using the built in internet sharing and want to use mitmproxy which only listens to stuff from port 8080.

    ether ac:de:48:81:1d:4a 
    inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
        priority 0 hellotime 0 fwddelay 0 maxage 0
        ipfilter disabled flags 0x2
    member: en0 flags=3<LEARNING,DISCOVER>
             port 5 priority 0 path cost 0

The above is the "shared connection" that I need to forward I believe.

1 Answer 1


Assuming all your web traffic request will be from and interface bridge0

Add following rules to /etc/pf.conf

rdr pass on bridge0 inet proto tcp from to any port http -> port 8080
rdr pass on bridge0 inet proto tcp from to any port https -> port 8080

Quick Tips

  1. Test pf.conf for syntax error

    pfctl -v -n -f /etc/pf.conf
  2. Apply/Reload the rules

    pfctl -f /etc/pf.conf

This is a cheat-sheet for OS X pfctl.

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    pf doesn't seem to be enabled by default, so you might have to add the -e flag: pfctl -ef /etc/pf.conf. Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 9:04
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    it says syntax error Commented Sep 14, 2014 at 11:52
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    @HiteshJoshi: I got the same problem. For me, moving the lines between the lines with "rdr-anchor" and "dummynet-anchor" fixed it.
    – Albin
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 18:55

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