I'm having some major problems with my hidden services. I have about 10 sites hosted on my Pi. All of them are very low traffic sites (Maybe about 5-10 visits a day)

Only 2-4 sites are working out of those 10 most of the time even though they are set up the same.

CPU and RAM usage seem to be bellow 20%

I run on a gigabit fiber connection, and connected directly into a Archer C3200

In my tor logs I get:

Your Guard x is failing more circuits than usual. Most likely this means the Tor network is overloaded. Success counts are 102/157. Use counts are 79/79. 102 circuits completed, 0 were unusable, 0 collapsed, and 54 timed out. For reference, your timeout cutoff is 60 seconds.

  • Is the rest of your internet connection okay? It's possible that your guard is being overloaded or that you, or your guards internet connection is experiencing issues. 10 sites means you need to publish 60 descriptors to the HSDirs and keep open about 30 circuits to the chosen introduction points. It's also possible that all that activity overloads low powered SOC devices like a Pi.
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 22:20
  • Hello, and thanks for the comment. I have not experienced any issues with my internet. Solid 700Mbps up and down, and <5ms ping. Each site has it's own entry with it's own internal port bound to port 80 eg.: HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/HS1/ HiddenServicePort 80 HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/HS2/ HiddenServicePort 80 Not fully sure if I understand "keep open about 30 circuits to the chosen introduction points" Could you explain that one please? Thanks
    – user20360
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 2:26
  • A hidden service keeps connections open to a set of 3 (by default) introduction ports. For each service, you'll pick 3 introduction points and hold those connections open. Clients who want to contact you, connect to the introduction points to signal that they want to meet you at some rendezvous point. So with 10 onions, you'd need 30 of these connections open.
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 3:45
  • Sorry for my stupidity, but by keeping them "open", do you mean port forward like another 30+ ports to that IP? Cause I mean, there is thousands of ports unused.. Or am I misunderstanding something?
    – user20360
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 4:26
  • Actually I'm thinking of migrating my hidden services to my main server that I have to redeploy next week. I feel like running 10+ TOR services on a USB powered micro board just isn't a great idea in general XD Gonna run them on a higher end Dell Poweredge :) Thanks for your help
    – user20360
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 4:43

1 Answer 1


If your guard node is failing, you could try using a different guard node if you really really want to:

How to change the entry node?

But according to this answer, you shouldn't have to:

Should I choose a new guard if the network is overloaded?

There are security implications to changing your guard node:

Why is a longer guard rotation period with fewer guards better than the other way around?

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