I have a local and a server instance. My task: Run multiple Tor instances.

On the local machine, I run Tor by means of command line:

tor --RunAsDaemon 1 --CookieAuthentication 0 --HashedControlPassword "" \
  --ControlPort 10001 --PidFile tor1.pid --SocksPort 9151 \
  --DataDirectory data/tor1

How I check Tor works:

  1. I view the process list from ps command,
  2. I do a curl request with SOCKS5 proxy.

For example, the command curl --socks5 http://bot.whatismyipaddress.com
outputs my IP address.

On the server, I run my Tor instance using the same command. I can see it in the process list, but it didn't worked as proxy. When I do request from curl, it does not work, I don't get any output.

Maybe somehow I can view logs? In /var/log/tor/ I find only run command.
When I run help on my local machine:

Jan 13 19:53:36.200 [notice] Tor v0.2.4.20 (git-0d50b03673670de6) running on Linux with
  Libevent 2.0.21-stable and OpenSSL 1.0.1f.

It reports that it is working with Libevent and OpenSSL library.

When I run same command on server machine, Tor writes:

Jan 13 21:01:42.563 [notice] Tor v0.2.3.25 (git-3fed5eb096d2d187) running on Linux.

It does not report about 2 libraries.

How to setup full logging from command?
Why does my Tor instance on my server machine not work as a proxy?

  • Does Tor produce any output when you call curl at your server?
    – Jens Kubieziel
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 11:59
  • Answering your second question, the version of Tor on your server is older than the one running on your local machine. Get yourself a fresher copy of Tor and see if your problem persists.
    – Linostar
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 17:53

1 Answer 1


To setup full logging from command line add the following option:

--Log "notice file tor1.notice.log"

This says Tor should log on notice level to the file tor1.notice.log in the local directory. You can also use other log levels and file names as well as stdout for logging to your console.

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