I'm trying to create a private Tor network and currently configuring the Directory Server. I run the command

tor --list-fingerprint

But it returns

Clients don't have long-term identity keys. Exiting.

If I correctly understand, I need the fingerprint for this line in torrc config file:

DirServer [nickname] [flags] address:port fingerprint

Where should I get the fingerprint for the Directory Server ?

Thank you

1 Answer 1


Instead of doing this all manually, you might want to try out Chutney (https://gitweb.torproject.org/chutney.git/) to set up a private network for you.

To answer your question directly, you need to create a dummy configuration. The following will work:

DirServer test 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000
OrPort 1
DataDirectory /path/to/directory
  • Could you provide further information about how to create this dummy config?
    – SamuelPS
    Mar 13, 2018 at 15:10

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