I am planning to develop an application that must use Tor network connection. I am connecting with Tor browser bundle and then using the socket(9050/9150/whatever). Now I want to connect to Tor network directly without Tor browser bundle. Is it possible. If so, please someone help me.

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Yes, you can use it without browser. For that you must run an application with -f key and choose path to your configuration file, as for example, using tor -f torrc, where is torrc path to your configuration file.


Yes its possible with Vidalia plus Tor combination. But you need add this to your torrc file:

C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Vidalia and open torrc file with Notepad and copy paste this.

SocksPort 9150

Then you can use with another programs with IP and port 9150 as proxy without the Tor browser bundle. But be careful if the program have a bug its can show your real IP. Such as do not transmit properly through the Tor. Works with only TCP protocol but won't work with UDP protocol Like Torrent, and Skype. If you want better and safer condition, use a Proxy management program like Proxyfier or proxycap. This forces the program to always go through with the Tor so there is lower probability to connect to the selected program directly without Tor.


You have several possibilities here. You can

  1. deliver an own Tor binary. So your application can either bring a copy of Tor with it or can download a recent copy of it.
  2. test if the user has installed it and if it runs. Depending on the test you give a feedback to the user.

When Tor runs, make sure that SocksPort in the torrc is set. Your application can now connect to the SocksPort and use it as SOCKS proxy.

  • if I were to choose the first option, do you have any guidelines or documentation on how to create my own binaries for Tor? Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 7:49
  • I don't have any guidelines, but I'd suggest to ask the Tor Project and write a mail to <[email protected]>.
    – Jens Kubieziel
    Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 12:52

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