I am connected to my university's wifi running on OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 and have downloaded tor, but it has a difficultly connecting to a relay directory. Does this process take a long time or is it possible that I need a bridge to access Tor?

  • i have the same problem, after the last update when i launch the tor browser it doesn't connect like before and ask to restart tor, but it quit after few minutes
    – paul
    Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 13:29

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It can take a while to connect to the relay directory, but you may want to setup a bridge to see if that helps. Educational organizations have a history of blocking Tor access so a bridge may be more successful for you.

If you can't use the automated bridge setups in the new TorBrowser, you can:

  1. visit https://bridges.torproject.org/ to get a bridge
  2. send an email to [email protected] with the line "get bridges" by itself in the body of the mail. This must be done from a GMail, Yahoo, or RiseUp account

ref: https://www.torproject.org/docs/bridges

  • Are there specific reasons for universities blocking Tor? And bridges from the email are less likely to be already blocked. Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 5:24

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