Using SSH to get internet access on a restricted (virtual) machine

Using your local host as a proxy during your SSH session to work around internet access restrictions.

If you ever have to work with a (virtual) machine that has restricted internet access, you can use this little trick to use your local host as a SOCKS proxy during your SSH session. This requires the server to allow TCP forwarding.

ssh -R 60374 $hostname

export http_proxy=socks://localhost:60374/
export https_proxy=$http_proxy