Squid is a free implementation of a proxy server that also caches contents, which provides a benefit in terms of speed. As a result, an upstream Squid is often used to accelerate web servers.
A practical example of the successful use of Squid is the free encyclopedia Wikipedia. The fact that the Squid proxy holds websites in memory means that they can be directly delivered, which relieves the burden on database systems and web servers enormously.
In addition, Squid allows the filtering of network traffic with the assistance of additional software, such as DansGuardian.
Squid is compatible with Linux, Solaris, various BSD derivatives, and Microsoft Windows.
Squid is free software, and the source code is available on the project page .