What resources are best for search .onion networks within the Tor? Unlike the web where you can search for a domain or portal, what equivalent systems are available for search for Tor specific networks basically .onion networks/sites without actually knowing their address? Must you know what they are already to go to them directly or is there a master listing/search/or directory for them? Based on subject or whatnot?

I have read this questions and the answers but I am looking for a resource or method to look directly within the Tor network layers.

  • I don't understand "Must you know what they are already to go to them directly". Without giving an answer... there is no central listing of hidden services.
    – bastik
    Commented Nov 10, 2013 at 8:45
  • I know many of them, hazards of my grey hat status, but I was wondering in general does anyone know of a directory style listing or a search system for it. I know you have to know where they are to get there, that's a given, but specifically wondering if you can search for something topic specific or not. Hope that clarifies my intent for the question. Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 2:18

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I think The Hidden Wiki may be what you're looking for:
Hidden service link
Tor2web link

  • You might be right, thank you. I am going to take a look and see, appreciate it. Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 2:20

These are search engines that index .onion sites:


Do you meant by onion search engine? There are some services like TORCH that serves to be Tor search engine. By the way, Onion is a hidden service, means no one can find it unless onion owner want to publish their address by putting it into Hidden Wiki or other sites.

  • I know onion networks are hidden and you must disclose it to be found, I get that. I am just wondering if there is a directory or search engine that aggregates the available networks and allows their index to be searched to narrow down specific topics of interest. I will give TORCH another look, thanks. Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 12:26
  • this isnt true. i started a tor hidden service and never told anyone about it and thousands of people found it and use it.
    – user9807
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 6:23

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