Configure Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Linux for static proxy discovery

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can discover a proxy server using the HTTPS_PROXY environment variable. This setting must be configured both at installation time and after the product has been installed.

Installation time configuration

During installation, the HTTPS_PROXY environment variable must be passed to the package manager. The package manager can read this variable in any of the following ways:

  • The HTTPS_PROXY variable is defined in /etc/environment with the following line:

  • The HTTPS_PROXY variable is defined in the package manager global configuration. For example, in Ubuntu 18.04, you can add the following line to /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/proxy.conf:

    Acquire::https::Proxy "http://proxy.server:port/";


    Note that above two methods could define the proxy to use for other applications on your system. Use this method with caution, or only if this is meant to be a generally global configuration.

  • The HTTPS_PROXY variable is prepended to the installation or uninstallation commands. For example, with the APT package manager, prepend the variable as follows when installing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint:

    HTTPS_PROXY="http://proxy.server:port/" apt install mdatp


    Do not add sudo between the environment variable definition and apt, otherwise the variable will not be propagated.

The HTTPS_PROXY environment variable may similarly be defined during uninstallation.

Note that installation and uninstallation will not necessarily fail if a proxy is required but not configured. However, telemetry will not be submitted, and the operation could take much longer due to network timeouts.

Post installation configuration

After installation, configure Defender for Endpoint with static proxy using the following method:

mdatp config proxy set --value http://address:port


This method works for every distribution of Defender for Endpoint on Linux and is Recommended.

The HTTPS_PROXY environment variable must be defined in the Defender for Endpoint service file. To do this, run sudo systemctl edit --full mdatp.service. You can then propagate the variable to the service in one of two ways:

  1. Uncomment the line #Environment="HTTPS_PROXY=http://address:port" and specify your static proxy address.

  2. Add a line EnvironmentFile=/path/to/env/file. This path can point to /etc/environment or a custom file, either of which needs to add the following line:


After modifying mdatp.service, save the file and restart the service so the changes can be applied using the following commands:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload; sudo systemctl restart mdatp


To remove any additions you might have made before uninstalling mdatp, delete the custom file from /etc/systemd/system.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.X and CentOS 6.X don't support systemctl and /etc/environment methods. To configure static proxy for MDE on these distributions, use the Recommended mdatp config proxy set method.


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