In AdvOR I can set circuit length. Can I set it in normal tor configuration file?

i read tor faq , and i dont find answer. https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/TorFAQ


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No, it's hardcoded inside tor's sources. Setting the circuit length is not as simple as it is spelled: developing this setting I've seen quite a pack of challenges:

  • Using statically changed path length has it's uses sometimes, I did the patch for it first and released it here on GitHub - but keep in mind, that using it as it is reduces your anonymity: your traffic can be a bit easier to determine, bu yes - it rises the encryption strength due to more layers elaborated
  • Using conditional path length is not that simple on a binary-level, and it has required me to rewrite quite a bunch of Tor's code. This patch will be released later with my solution.

For now - if you need to set the longer path somewhere - you should use Stem or other Tor control protocol clients to construct the custom circuits for your very paricular tasks

  • Were you ever able to get dynamic default path lengths working?
    – DylanYoung
    Dec 19, 2020 at 21:09

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