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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Orbot: Mobile Anonymity + Circumvention

What is Orbot?

Orbot is an application that allows mobile phone users to access the web, instant messaging and email without being monitored or blocked by their mobile internet service provider. Orbot brings the features and functionality of Tor (read more below) to the Android mobile operating system.
Orbot (packaging Tor is currently available in the Android Market and from the Tor Project website.

About the Tor Project

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis. Learn more at


Usage Notes
Orbot may request different configuration depending on the Android operating system version it is used on.
  • You can use the Orweb Privacy Browser which we offer, which only works via Orbot and Tor.
  • You can also try Firefox Mobile with our ProxyMob Add-On to browse via the Tor network.
  • For Instant Messaging, please try Gibberbot which provides integrated, optional support for Orbot and Tor.
  • Transparent Proxying: You must root your device in order for Orbot to work transparently for all web and DNS traffic. If you root your device, whether it is 1.x or 2.x based, Orbot will automatically, transparently proxy all web traffic on port 80 and 443 and all DNS requests. This includes the built-in Browser, Gmail, YouTube, Maps and any other application that uses standard web traffic.


  • Source code is available via Tor’s GitWeb > git clone
  • Orbot source code is available under the Tor License
  • Come discuss on #tor, #tor-dev and #guardianproject on or #guardianproject on freenode.

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