For about two weeks now I've had three bridges running but none of them is getting any real traffic yet. Example :

image showing the amount of simultaneous OR connections

It usually doesn't have any OR connections at all, and never goes above three (with two being the bare minimum for building a circuit).

RD wrote a great article on the lifecycle of a normal relay, and I already have data on what the lifecycle of an exit node looks like, but after how many weeks does a bridge get enough users to be useful?

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When you run your server as a bridge it can be put into three baskets:

  1. Bridges-Website
  2. Mail
  3. not public

In the first and second case your bridge will be handed out via the website or the mail service. The bridges in the last basket are only handed out through some trusted persons. So it might be that your bridge is in the last basket and waits until its contact information is given to some person.

Maybe you can also install obfs3. This technology helps users in highly restrictive countries and so it will most likely attract more traffic.

  • Thanks for your answer. My bridges run combinations of obfs2, obfs3, scramblesuit and fte, always on different ports but not necessarily all at the same time. According to (my interpretation of) globe.torproject.org they're all serving normal traffic via the bridges website (ip=4 ring=[2,4]). But when can I expect several mbit/s of avg traffic? Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 15:11

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