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Configuring Proxy on a Mac for Live update.

Created: 24 Apr 2012 • Updated: 25 Apr 2012
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Usually the proxy settings for a Mac can be configured from Network > advanced > Proxies.

The changes made here are automatically applied to Symantec’s Liveupdate.conf file located in Library/Application Support/Symantec/Liveupdate/

Note: These files are not visible by default, use terminal commands to unhide them and proceed. See tech info below for more details.

But the JavaLiveupdate is not equipped to automatically capture and use this setting when you have a username & password configured for proxy. We have to manually configure this in the Liveupdate.conf

Add the below lines in the liveupdate.conf file




Use the below commands to hide / unhide library files which are hidden by default.

Launch Terminal from utilities and run the below commands

To Unhide

chflags nohidden ~/Library/

To Hide

chflags hidden ~/Library/

To Edit the liveupdate.conf file from vim

To open the file –

sudo vi /etc/liveupdate.conf

To edit the file


After entering the proxy information

Press ‘ESC’, then ‘:wq!’ and enter