I'm attempting to set up my raspberry pi as a tor relay. I found some instructions on Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Tor-relay/?ALLSTEPS

I'm only concerned for steps 1-6, since I can't get the tor browser due to the type of processor in the pi(and I'm almost positive I don't need it for the relay to work).

I can get to the end of step 6 and get: Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks like client functionality is working. But when I check Atlas or Globe the relay nickname doesn't show (I let it run 12 hours before checking).

Is there any way to confirm the relay is actually working? (i.e. monitor bandwidth? I know Stem can work, but you need the browser to get the info [I think])

Any help would be great, thank you.

  • My advice is to use a faster processor, especially x86 architecture, so you have AES-NI instruction set. So don't use the Raspberry Pi. Check-out the new ODROID-H2+ board for example! Which would be a great piece of hardware to run a Tor relay/node! Its a fast processor with full AES-NI support. You can install as many RAM as you wish (up to 32GB), but ~4GB would be enough. It has even two 2.5Gb/s Ethernet ports. It's a beast! Commented Sep 27, 2020 at 14:47

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Do you see a message in the Tor notices log that says the ORPort and/or DirPort are confirmed as working? It should log "Self-testing indicates your ORPort is reachable. Excellent."

Check your port forwarding first. If that appears to be setup correctly then it could be due to a similar situation I was in. I had needed a Dynamic DNS before my ORPort/DirPort could be reachable. See here: Relay getting traffic showing as unreachable?

  • Unfortunately, I have to run to work, so I won't be able to try this now. I have a feeling it's going to boil down to some port forwarding, just hoping there was a quicker solution. I'll try yours tonight!
    – T.J.
    Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 16:30

I think via https://exonerator.torproject.org/ you should find your answer.

Please let me know if this helps you, I am new here.

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