I currently have tor installed on my Kali Linux laptop, I am trying to run a hidden service. Everything is working fine except I can't set a custom onion address. I have shallot installed and I already have my RSA private key for the domain I want. I keep putting the key inside:


The key stays there, but doesn't apply to the hostname file. Even if I change the onion link in the hostname file itself, when I restart Tor, the hostname file changes back to the original onion link I got when I created my hidden service. Please tell me what I'm doing wrong.

  • Please post your tor logs. Also check the permissions and ownership of the files in your onion service directory.
    – Steve
    Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 18:23
  • where are the tor logs?
    – wnetMC
    Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 18:41
  • That depends on how you installed tor. When installed using apt on Debian, you can see them with journalctl -u tor@default.
    – Steve
    Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 18:55


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