Guide: How to run BC with the Tor Browser Bundle?!?
Setup: Easy (TL;DR install Tor browser, reconfigure BC)
Time: ~15 minutes
Privacy: Moderate (hides your IP)
Step by step:
- Get the latest version of the Tor Browser Bundle from the tor project website: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
Make sure you get the latest version, chose any language you like but I recommend en-US. Some operating systems like linux may have the tor browser in their repositories, check them out, this simplyfies upgrades. But make sure they always offer the latest version.
- Install the browser bundle, start it and hit connect. You will see a window popping up which shows the status of the Tor connection and it will open the browser as soon as it is connected.
- Navigate to http://expressobutiolem.onion/blog/best-onion-sites-on-dark-web/ with the Tor browser. If you see the website, your Tor was set up correctly! The Tor browser includes a SOCKS proxy listening on port :9150 which allows you to dip into the deep web. Now we are going to set up BC.
- Tell BC to use the Tor proxy by either passing the -onion=127.0.0.1:9150 command line argument to the client or adding this line to your config file onion=127.0.0.1:9150.
A sample BC config file for using the Tor browser bundle looks like that:
# Bitcoin Confidential wallet config file # onlynet=onion addnode=ibt4q3cri3hs47f2.onion onion=127.0.0.1:9150 # tell BC to use tor browser proxy
In a typical situation, this suffices to run behind the Tor browser proxy:
Note: You need to start the Tor browser each time you want to run BC through Tor. Else BC will fail to connect.
Note: If you prefer a native Tor over the Tor browser bundle, you might want to use port :9050.
Here are some screenshots of what to expect: