I'm using Windows 7 over my 'restricted' campus network.
I use Heroku Toolbelt to work with heroku projects, which inturn uses git and ssh on port 22.
However, port 22 is blocked in my campus. Can i use a SOCKS proxy like Tor to tunel my ssh and use it properly.
PS: I'm using Windows

  • 2
    Raise a complaint with the IT helpdesk. Blocking port 22 is completely unacceptable. Also, Tor isn't a SOCKS proxy.
    – Daniel B
    Feb 24, 2014 at 18:41
  • Can you change the port from 22, as for example in this answer?
    – harrymc
    Feb 25, 2014 at 13:39
  • Well, i could solve the problem of ssh using Putty, by setting it a SOCKS Proxy on Feb 26, 2014 at 9:52
  • @danielb, actually, Tor is a SOCKS proxy
    – heavyd
    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:24
  • @heavyd Just because it uses SOCKS to allow clients to connect doesn’t make it a SOCKS proxy. Tor is much more, which is not helping in this case.
    – Daniel B
    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:28

4 Answers 4


I have similar problem and I found this post: http://cms-sw.github.io/tutorial-proxy.html#infrastructure

While I could not find the version of netcat for windows that supports -x option, I found the alternative program ncat.


  1. Install ncat
  2. Edit the config file for ssh, usually found at %HOME%\.ssh\config:

    Host hostToYourRepo
        ProxyCommand ncat --proxy hostToYourProxy:1080 %h %p
  3. Enjoy

PS. Options for ncat: https://nmap.org/book/ncat-man-options-summary.html


use ncat, but you should set the proxy type like the following:

ProxyCommand ncat --proxy-type socks5 --proxy %h %p
ProxyCommand "e:/sdk/git/mingw64/bin/connect.exe" -S %h %p

you can try connect.exe if you have git installed


For the strict use case of using Git, you can use http/https Git URIs. Git supports proxy settings including authentication.

I'm not sure if Heroku Toolbelt requires ssh though.

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