Quick Guide

Config File

Shadowsocks accepts JSON format configs like this:


Explanation of each field:

  • server: your hostname or server IP (IPv4/IPv6).
  • server_port: server port number.
  • local_port: local port number.
  • password: a password used to encrypt transfer.
  • timeout: connections timeout in seconds.
  • method: encryption method.

Encryption Method

The strongest option is an AEAD cipher. The recommended choice is "chacha20-ietf-poly1305" or "aes-256-gcm". Other stream ciphers are implemented but do not provide integrity and authenticity. Unless otherwise specified the encryption method defaults to "table", which is not secure.

URI and QR code

Shadowsocks for Android / iOS also accepts BASE64 encoded URI format configs:


Where the plain URI should be:

    ss://method:[email protected]:port

For example, we have a server at using bf-cfb encryption method and password test. Then, with the plain URI ss://bf-cfb:[email protected]:8888, we can generate the BASE64 encoded URI:


To help organize and identify these URIs, you can append a tag after the BASE64 encoded string:


This URI can also be encoded to QR code. Then, just scan it with your Android / iOS devices:

Try it yourself