I know that Tor needs 3 nodes to work, but is there a way to control my node number, mean to add more nodes or subtract nodes.


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No, not in standard Tor browser.

However you can modify Tor to use a custom amount of hops.

For a 2 hop example see here: https://www.grepular.com/Tor_Circuits_with_Two_Hops_on_Ubuntu

Note: You really shouldn't do this since it harms your anonymity. (https://torproject.org/docs/faq.html.en#ChoosePathLength )

  • Thank you for your help. i have already changed the number of hops from 3 to 2. but when i'm changing to 1 hop i can't use the Tor-browser, which means that i can't see site's. if ill create a private tor network it my works? @bn4t
    – jonny
    Jun 24, 2018 at 8:46
  • Unfortunately I don't have enough experience in changing the amount of hops to be able to tell why it doesn't works. But I doubt that it will work when creating a private Tor network without making additional code changes.
    – bn4t
    Jun 26, 2018 at 7:19
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    @jonny Don't even think of using one-hop circuits without more source code changes. See tor.stackexchange.com/a/16805/4894 .
    – nobody
    Jul 10, 2018 at 11:15

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