Getting started with Datacenter Proxies

Learn about Bright Data’s Datacenter proxies, how to get started, what are the guidelines, and some tips for best use.

Bright Data's Datacenter Proxy Network

Bright Data's Datacenter proxy network is one of our proxy network solutions and is a network with over 1.6 million IP addresses from 98 different countries.

Datacenter proxies are IPs assigned from a datacenter server, and your traffic is routed through them to help you access IPs and locations around the world. With a shorter journey & simplified architecture, Datacenter Proxies are both the fastest proxy type and the most cost-effective option.

Best for

  • Accessing websites that are not using sophisticated blocking methods
  • When you need the most cost-efficient proxy network
  • When you need the fastest proxy network available
  • Managing multiple online profiles

Please note: If you need a more sophisticated proxy network, with better success rate capabilities, you may want to consider using our ISP or  Residential proxy network. For a more advanced, fully managed, proxy unblocking solution, we would suggest trying out our Web Unlocker or browsing our other proxy solutions.

Quick start

  1. Sign in to Bright Data's control panel
    • If you have yet to sign up to Bright Data, you can sign up for free, and receive a 5$ credit to get started!
  2. Create your new Datacenter proxy
    • Navigate to ‘My proxies page, and under 'Datacenter Proxies' click ‘Get started’

Note: If you already have an active proxy, simply choose ‘Add proxy’ at the top right 

  1. In the ‘Create a new proxy’ page, choose and input a name for your new Datacenter proxy zone

Note: Please select a meaningful name, as the zone's name cannot be changed once created.

    1.  IP type
          Choose one of the four IP types for your proxy zone:
      • Shared (Pay per usage) - IPs that are shared across multiple users. Pay only for your usage.
        • Best for: When you want a cost-efficient option, and you don’t require IP exclusivity. 
        • Geolocation targeting: If you plan to target specific locations based on City, Zip code, or ASN, you’ll need to add that here (by default only “Country” is enabled). Learn more about location targeting while sending your request. 
      • Shared (Pay per IP) - IPs that are shared across multiple users. Pay for the IP and its usage. 
        • Best for:  When you want a cost-efficient option, that doesn't include IP exclusivity, and is still configured to a specific geolocation.
        • Geolocation targeting: Please select a country and if you plan to target specific cities within, you can add that as well. Learn more about geolocation targeting with a dedicated IP.
      • Dedicated IP - IPs that are set aside for your use only
        • Best for: When you need to access websites with an exclusive IP address. 
        • Geolocation targeting: Please select a country and if you plan to target specific cities within, you can add that as well. Learn more about geolocation targeting with a dedicated IP.
      • Premium IPs - Best known IP for eCommarce, Travel and Social media domains, Evaluated by IP success rate.
        • Best for: When you need to access websites with a higher success rate. 
        • Geolocation targeting: Please select a country. Learn more about geolocation targeting with a dedicated IP.

          Tip regarding geolocation: If you choose an IP type where your IPs are automatically allocated (Pay per IP or Dedicated), it is recommended to set up a separate Datacenter proxy, for each geolocation you wish to target.

    2.  Permissions - You can enable our automatic IP fallback flow to ensure 100% uptime even if the IP is down. The request will route through another IP in the nearest location
    3. To create and save your proxy, click ‘Add proxy’

      A note on Account verification:

      If you haven’t yet added a payment method, you’ll be prompted to add one at this point in order to verify your account. If it’s your first time using Bright Data, then you’ll also receive a $5 bonus credit to get you started!

      Be advised: You will not be charged anything at this point and this is solely for verification purposes


  1. Sending your first Datacenter request
    • After creating your Datacenter proxy, it’s time to send your first request.

      In your proxy zone’s ‘Access parameters’ tab, you’ll find your API credentials which include your Username (Customer_ID), Zone name (attached to username), and Password

  • Copy the ‘Base cURL’ test example and paste it into your CMD prompt
  • It should look like the following but with your credentials already swapped in:
    curl--proxy --proxy-user brd-customer-<CUSTOMER_ID>-zone-<ZONE_NAME>:<ZONE_PASSWORD> "" 
  • Press ‘Enter’ to send your request and if it’s successful, the expected output should look like the following:
{"ip":"ALLOCATED_IP","country":"PK","asn":{"asnum":203020,"org_name":"HostRoyale Technologies Pvt Ltd"},"geo":{"city":"Islamabad","region":"IS","region_name":"Islamabad","postal_code":"44040","latitude":33.7233,"longitude":73.0435,"tz":"Asia/Karachi","lum_city":"islamabad","lum_region":"is"}}
  • Now, simply try it with any domain you would like to target, replacing  “” with your target domain. That’s it!

Additional info and resources

Dynamic Proxy Integration Tutorial 

An in-depth interactive display of all our API use cases, integrations, and advanced configurations

API Documentation

Explore more advanced API documentation and see more use cases and features 

Monitoring Datacenter Traffic and Accepted Usage per IP

You can fully monitor your proxy usage and statistics live and also see a history per day/month

User Permissions 

Easily add, remove, and change control panel user permissions. 

Pricing & Billing

See more about how your requests are calculated and priced






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