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Activate Ant Media Server from within restricted geo locations

Ant Media uses Google services to verify the license key and those services are banned in China and Hong Kong.

For this reason, it’s not possible to verify the Ant Media license key using Google services.

In this article, I'll provide two options to get around these restrictions and explain them step by step.


The two options are:

  • A proxy service that is provided free for Ant Media Enterprise users.
  • A self-hosted proxy server

1. Free Proxy service for Enterprise Users

Ant Media offers this to Enterprise users for free. To access the free service, simply send an email to to receive a username and password.

After receiving a username and password, run the following command then restart the Ant Media Server.

echo "" >> /usr/local/antmedia/conf/
systemctl restart antmedia

That's it! You can now verify your license over a restricted network.

2. Self-Hosted Proxy Server

We are going to use Squid as the proxy server.

To get started, first have Ubuntu 22.04 or Ubuntu 20.04 server installed in an unrestricted region.

Once you've got a running Ubuntu installation, continue to install Squid proxy with the below steps.

1. Installing Squid server

apt update
apt install squid apache2-utils -y

2. Backup existing configuration.

mv /etc/squid/squid.conf{,_bck}

3. Modify the squid configuration

Open the squid.conf file located at /etc/squid/squid.conf with an editor

vim /etc/squid/squid.conf

Add the following lines into squid.conf file.

acl whitelist dstdomain
acl SSL_ports port 443
http_access deny !Safe_ports
http_access deny CONNECT !SSL_ports
http_access allow localhost manager
http_access deny manager
include /etc/squid/conf.d/*.conf
auth_param basic program /usr/lib/squid/basic_ncsa_auth /etc/squid/passwords
auth_param basic realm proxy
acl authenticated proxy_auth REQUIRED
http_access allow localhost
http_access allow authenticated whitelist
http_access deny all
http_port 3199
coredump_dir /var/spool/squid
refresh_pattern ^ftp: 1440 20% 10080
refresh_pattern ^gopher: 1440 0% 1440
refresh_pattern -i (/cgi-bin/|\?) 0 0% 0
refresh_pattern \/(Packages|Sources)(|\.bz2|\.gz|\.xz)$ 0 0% 0 refresh-ims
refresh_pattern \/Release(|\.gpg)$ 0 0% 0 refresh-ims
refresh_pattern \/InRelease$ 0 0% 0 refresh-ims
refresh_pattern \/(Translation-.*)(|\.bz2|\.gz|\.xz)$ 0 0% 0 refresh-ims
refresh_pattern . 0 20% 4320

Save and close the editor.

4. Create a username and password for authentication

htpasswd -c /etc/squid/passwords username

Now, Let's restart the squid service as follows.

systemctl restart squid

5. Test the installation

Use the following curl command to check that everything is working correctly.

curl -x "http://username:password@your_proxy_server:port_number" -X POST -H "Content-Type:application/json" -d '{"key":"your_license_key"}' -w "\n"

If the output of the above command returns a "valid" value, your license can be verified.

6. Add the settings for Ant Media Server.

echo "" >> /usr/local/antmedia/conf/

Finally, restart the Ant Media Server.

systemctl restart antmedia

You can now go to the Dashboard and enter your license key in the settings.