I'm using Tor v0.2.8.9 on Mac Sierra. I start Tor like so

tor --CookieAuthentication 0 --HashedControlPassword "" --ControlPort 9050 --SocksPort 50003

HOwever when I try and get a file using torsocks (installed via homebrew), it just hangs

localhost:tmp myuser$ torsocks wget -q -O- http://www.google.com

I haven't changed any configuraitons after getting things installed. What else do I need to do to get wget working through torsocks?

2 Answers 2


sometimes wget can give a hard time even using a regular proxy. Use curl like this curl --socks5-hostname localhost:50003 http://www.google.com


You likely missed the step where you configure torsocks to use your chosen, non-default port.

The torsocks configuration file is normally located at /etc/tor/torsocks.conf, however I believe the OSX homebrew build process changes this slightly.

There you'd need to specify: TorPort 50003, instead of the default TorPort 9050.

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