How To Rotate An IP Address

Learn how you can rotate your IP easily with no coding required for reliable data collection using proxies.
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Rotating IPs as part of using proxies for data collection

In this article, we are going to discuss:

What is a rotating IP?

A rotating IP refers to a type of proxy server that changes the IP address it uses to connect to the data source on a regular basis. This can be set to occur after a certain time period or after a certain number of requests have been made. Rotating IPs are often used for web scraping or to bypass website blocks and restrictions, as it makes it more difficult for the target website to track and block the IP address.

Why you should consider IP rotation

When scraping or crawling a website, requests are sent much faster than a human from the same IP. Websites can easily flag the IP being used as a bot or crawler and send misleading information or block you completely. Sites employ these rate limitations to protect themselves from attacks or unwanted behavior. By periodically changing, or rotating, your IP address, you can avoid rate limitations and fly under the radar. This ensures that target sites cannot identify your IP as a crawler. Rotating proxies can increase your success rate and get you the data you desire.

How do I rotate my IP address?

With our easy-to-use, open-source Proxy Manager, Bright Data allows you:

  • Number of requests permitted before changing the IP
  • Amount of time between IP changes
  • The quantity of IPs in your rotation pool

Guidelines for automatically rotating your IP address with Bright Data’s Proxy Manager

  1. Download the Proxy Manager
  2. Click ‘Add new proxy’ port
  3. Choose the type of IP you want and click ‘Save’
  4. Go to the ‘IP control’ tab
  5. Choose your ‘Pool size’ or number of IPs you want to rotate through
  6. To change the IP after a certain number of requests use the ‘Max Requests’ field
  7. To rotate the IP after a specific time frame use ‘Session Duration’ field

Automated IP rotation using Proxy Rules

  1. Choose your trigger: a specific URL, Status code, response body or request time frame that when received you want the IP to automatically rotate
  2. Beside ‘Action’ choose ‘Retry with new IP’ or ‘Retry with New Proxy Port (waterfall)’
  3. If you would like to retry the request before rotating the IP choose a number beside ‘Retries’ or input your own

If you are still facing issues or wish to move beyond manual rotation, Bright Data can offer your company a targeted solution. By using our Rotating Residential network you will gain access to millions of user devices from across the world. You can then route your data collection traffic from a user perspective, retrieving the most accurate open source data points. 

Using Residential Proxies together with the Proxy Manager will help you take advantage of the ‘waterfall feature’ in which requests are routed through different proxy networks using  customized and automated rules.