On windows, there is an application called Advanced Onion Router (or, AdvTOR) which lets you choose your tor exit nodes, and it lists them all out. This is great, because some exit nodes have bandwidths that are thousands of times faster then that of others. On Linux, however, we don't have AdvTOR. There is a similar program called SelekTOR, but I found it unstable and really it didn't work because it would say it was connected to a certain node when it really wasn't.

A list of tor nodes is here: https://torstatus.blutmagie.de/

And for the sake of this question let's say I wanted my exit node to be Orion:

orion.enn.lu []

From what I have researched, you can change your exit node manually in the torrc file. If there are other ways, please let me know, I just need to know how to manually set my exit node to , for example, Orion listed above.

EDIT: I don't necessarily need to do it manually. I'm on Ubuntu 15. if there are any programs with GUI's that would make this easier, let me know.

Appreciate in advance anyone helping or looking at this. ;)

  • Your question is answered here: tor.stackexchange.com/questions/733/…
    – Jobiwan
    Nov 26, 2015 at 20:16
  • I have looked at that post before and that seems only to show you to connect to a specific country. Orion node isn't a country, it's a specific node. Additionally, doing it by country wouldn't really help increase speed because each country has dozens of very slow nodes. Nov 26, 2015 at 20:19
  • Right.. even tho the question is "...or node", the answers don't really go into that.
    – Jobiwan
    Nov 26, 2015 at 20:53

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You can use the ExitNodes directive to restrict which exit nodes your client picks.
From the Tor manual:

ExitNodes node,node, ...
A list of identity fingerprints, country codes, and address patterns of nodes to use as exit node [...]

  • Fingerprints: ABCD1234CDEF5678ABCD1234CDEF5678ABCD1234 (so without spaces)
  • Country Codes: {us}, {de}, {nl}
  • Address Patterns:,

So in your case, where you want one specific node, you can use the fingerprint. (Click on the nickname in the list you linked to.)

See also StrictNodes:

StrictNodes 0 | 1
If StrictNodes is set to 1, Tor will treat the ExcludeNodes option as a requirement to follow for all the circuits you generate, even if doing so will break functionality for you.

  • I used the tor atlas search to find my desired fingerprint for my exit node. So now do i just edit in this to my torrc file: ExitNodes [Enter node fingerprint Here] ? Nov 26, 2015 at 21:01
  • yes, that fixed it. Thank you for this help, for anyone else looking at this, go to atlas.torproject.org, search the IP of the node you want to use, you will get its fingerprint, edit torrc with this line: ExitNodes [enter fingerprinthere] and then tor will use that as the exit node. Nov 26, 2015 at 21:05
  • You can also get the fingerprint by clicking on the nickname in the list on the page you link to in your question. Added that to the answer.
    – Jobiwan
    Nov 26, 2015 at 21:14

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