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Tor on linux - how to select exit nodes manually

On windows, there is an application called Advanced Onion Router (or, AdvOR) which lets you choose your tor exit nodes, and it lists them all out. This is great, because some exit nodes have ...
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Mozilla now hosting Tor relay nodes

What is the deal with allowing Mozilla to host Tor relay nodes? They say their contribution will help to greatly expand and improve the Tor network, yet despite all the recent spin on the truth about ...
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Recent drop in Tor clients?

Today I looked at the Tor Metrics for the first time. I was surprised by the data on the number of direct users. It appears that the number of users has recently decreased by 50% in the past month. ...
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Why does a restart cause a relay to lose the Guard and HSDir flag?

Why does a restart cause a relay to lose the Guard and HSDir flag? I understand that the Guard and HSDir flag are based on time in the network. However, why is it important when the last restart ...
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Finding ubuntu user account running tor for tor-arm install

I am wondering how I go about finding the user that is running tor when installed on ubuntu. The quote below says that tor should be running as a separate user. I have a relay setup and currently ...
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Noob:: would someone be helpful to be sure I am as private as possible?

I follow all of the usual set ups, but in global it shows my external ip and the name of my isp. Is this normal? Am I putting myself out there more than I need to? Thank you for your patience. link ...
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How to limit use of socket buffers?

I've got a relay on an OpenVZ VPS which is constrained by the number of sockets available for use. (numtcpsock in /proc/user_beancounters). This results in my getting these errors in my Tor log: [...
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How often do Tor exit nodes change Ip addresses?

A majority of Tor traffic is routed through around ~80 exit nodes I was wondering how often do these exit nodes change their ip addresses? There is a list of exit nodes here https://torstatus....
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Does Tor have any protection against bandwidth misuse?

Let's say someone runs 100 Tor instances on their machine and with their high speed internet connection -> download huge volumes of data through all of those instances. Are there any mechanisms ...
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Is it possible to setup a private TOR relay

I have a proxy setup on one of my machines which is behind a router. And I need to use that proxy from another network. But my problem is that I cannot forward ports from the router to the proxy ...
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Run tor and TBB at the same time with the same ports on same PC

Just what the title says: is it safe/good practise/etc to run tor as a service (LM17.2) and TBB on the same PC, same time, same ports? Will this be related to that part of the FAQ where it says I have ...
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Is there a way to prevent Tor from appearing suspicious by connecting to strange locations?

I used Tor at work and got informed by a security analyst that my computer was exhibiting strange behavior. She said that it was connecting to servers in Amsterdam. Though I think there were some ...
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How can I run a relay on Windows?

As the question says, how can I run a relay on Windows XP or Vista? I have looked and can't find a solution. I did run one from an Android tablet but that is not always on. My PC's are running 24/7 ...
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Tor is making me an exit node despite configuration?

I am trying to create a non-exit relay. I have edited the torrc file to ExitPolicy reject *:*, but when I monitor my connection in arm it lists my relay nickname as an "EXIT" in multiple circuits. Is ...
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How do I get a list of tor relays?

I see that some websites such as this one have a complete list of all tor relays. How do they dynamically find all of the relays in the tor network?
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Can tor nodes (entry, exit, others) store IPs?

I'm a new Tor user. And I want to ensure several questions. Can "entry point" router store my IP? Can "middle relay" store "entry point" IP? Can "exit point" router store "middle relay" IP? I think ...
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Why is my measured bandwidth so low compared to actual — is there a off by 1K issue?

I've noticed my Tor relay measured bandwidth is very low compared to both my advertized and external-to-Tor measured bandwidth. Based on the following observations, I wonder: is there's a 1K scale ...
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First Circuit Server Constant (New Identity) [duplicate]

No matter what I am trying, I can't change the first server in the circuit. Neither "New Identity" nor "New Circuit" or closing the browser will change it. I tried two different tor instances from ...
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Why do relays not end idle TCP sessions?

I'm running a relay on a 1Gbps connection. However, my relay averages around 3Mbps up/down each after several months. After substantial investigation, I found the cause: my relay sets up TCP sessions ...
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Tor entrance point does not change [duplicate]

When I look at the tor channel - the entrance point is always 124.6.36.230 (Great Britain) - even if I ask tor to choose a new channel. I thought the route through tor is randomly selected. But if the ...
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How do you get legit relay bandwidth ballpark figures?

I'm using STEM. I'm trying to create custom circuits based on relay information but I'm unable to get reliable relay information. RouterStatusEntryV3.measured which appears to be the heuristic I ...
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Qualities of a good relay (besides the obvious)

I’m currently working on Roster, a tor project that aims to reward relay operators with good relays. Besides the obvious requirements of a good relay (e.g. speed, geo-diversity, constant uptime), ...
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How to find the current number of tor relays/ exit nodes in entire tor network?

tor project faq points to this page: https://metrics.torproject.org/. But it is not easy to understand. I don't understand the terms used in this page. How do I decipher the following information ...
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Why is the first ip address Tor goes to the same one in Germany?

Every time I start Tor or switch to a new identity, the first web address in the list of Tor circuit connections is (Germany) 93.180.156.84. Is Tor supposed to work this way? I was under the ...
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Tor Non Exit Relay Port Issue

I am trying to set up a tor non exit relay, i am running it on debian wheezy inside of a virtual machine run in hyper-v on server2o12 r2 datacenter, my router is a ubiquiti ER-8Pro both ports 9001 and ...
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Accurately measuring bandwidth

I am working on a tor project that deals with relays' bandwidths. Recently, I have spoken to a relay operator who divulged that the observed bandwidth of one of the relays was faked. The data was ...
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I have 1635 inbound and one outbound connection on my relay is that normal?

I am running a middle relay on a raspberry pi b+ its been up for about two weeks now and until last night was averaging 50MB downloads a day. Now its finally sped up, hope im not doing something wrong ...
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If I copy my Tor relay image for a friend does it help?

I know it will start and connect but the fingerprint is the same.. does that matter?
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Why exactly is it not recommended to exclude relays?

I'm doing some research on Tor for a paper and stumbled upon this section on the Tor FAQ page, where it says how to choose or exclude certain nodes from your circuit. Below it says that it is not ...
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Is it possible to run a second tor relay on the same LAN?

I have been trying to test it out, I've changed the ORPort and DirPort and forwarded them on the router but I keep getting the following messages. pi@raspberrypi ~ $ tail -f /var/log/tor/logled--see ...
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Can the Tor Browser be configured to function as a non-exit relay node?

I downloaded the 64-bit Windows installed for "Tor Browser" from this URL: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en It installed and worked as expected and can display normal and ....
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Why my relay is so slow?

I have a connection of 100mb/s and its going too slow, just look here: https://globe.torproject.org/#/search/query=A11BAE8F2676FF78727EE74949836E495D801D90 The relay is located in a OVH VPS How can ...
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How does the exit node relay data back to originator?

I read some of the answers on the forum trying to understand how a server talks back to client through TOR, and from what I understand nodes keep a record for a while of the next and previous node to ...
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If there was multicore support, what limit is there to hidden service or relay bandwidth?

If there was multicore support, what limit is there to hidden service or relay bandwidth? Given that a single cloudflare server supports at least six gigabits of bandwidth (although it's likely ...
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Can a relay decide which protocol to use (TAP or ntor)?

I've just started studying Tor and I came across TAP and ntor protocols. Just want to clear up that are these protocols decided at the time of circuit creation or each relay can decide on its own that ...
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Using Raspberry Pi as Tor Relay

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, ...
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How does tor know the return path?

So lets say I connected to xyz.onion I use this route me > node 1 > node 2 > node 3 > rendezvous > node 4 > node 5 > node 6 > website I understand that it uses layers to encrypt the path so each ...
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Relay bandwidth reporting frequency

I've been running a middle relay on a Raspberry Pi for some time now. Recently, I switched out my first generation Pi for a 2nd generation model B. I installed Tor on the new Pi and moved the keys ...
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How do bridges defend themselves against targeted scans?

Running a Tor Bridge recommends using port 443 and even when running a bridge using a pluggable transport an open (non-transport) bridge port seems to be required. Assuming someone runs obfs4 and a ...
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How do I manually setup a relay on OS X?

Manually configuring a Tor Relay on OS X (Yosemite, Tor 0.2.5.11) Since Vidalia has been deprecated the EFF videos and other documentation about running a relay outside of the Tor Browser Bundle are ...
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Relay getting traffic showing as unreachable?

UPDATE: See my answer below for instructions, I added a Dynamic DNS and added that as the "Address" in torrc. Once I did that I got the "Self-testing indicates your ORPort is reachable. Excellent." ...
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Configuring Relay on Windows

I know this question has been asked tons of times, I've read some answers and tor faq and manual, but still I'm unable to make it work. I downloaded Expert Bundle from https://www.torproject.org/...
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How does data go through Tor

I know how Tor works (mostly) but I want to know how data returns through Tor to the user. Example: I send a message from me (Bob) to my friend (Rob) and it goes to, let's say, 3 relays. Now, when I ...
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What's a good RelayBandwidthRate?

I know the minimum required rate is 20KB, and the minimum rate to be considered "fast" is around 100KB, but even the "fast" rate seems incredibly slow to me, compared to the average download speed of ...
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Graphs on Atlas not updating

I recently started running a relay on my NAS. While the relay itself is running fine (no errors from tor itself), and I understand that I won't get much traffic for the first two days (I've read this ...
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Better to run one relay or two, given equal total bandwidth?

For example, would it be more helpful to the network to setup one relay that had 4TB of bandwidth, or two relays that each had 2TB? Does the answer change depending on the amount of bandwidth each ...
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Continue running middle relay with Vidalia 0.2.21 (Tor 2.4.23)?

The Vidalia bundles are still advertised in the TBB3 FAQ, but no longer available to download. What should Windows users who want to run a middle relay do? Conversely, should operators stop running ...
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How to get time node/IP first appeared on the network?

I need to get the time that a Tor server or an IP address first appeared in the consensus. Is it possible to use Stem to get this kind of information? If not, how do I get the time of a server or IP ...
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Using your Tor relay as a client for Torbrowser and other regular Tor traffic: Is this helpful or hurtful to your anonymity? [duplicate]

I run a relay off of my desktop computer, and currently have Torbrowser and Tox configured to use it as a client as well. I seem to remember hearing long ago that a client that also acts as a relay ...
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What does the heartbeat line in my torrc mean?

I know that the Tor logs are in /var/log/tor. I have a question as to what one of the lines in the log means though. I see something along these lines: Heartbeat: Tor's uptime is 4 days 18:00 hours, ...