[tor-dev] Set up Tor private network

Tim Wilson-Brown - teor teor2345 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 07:21:25 UTC 2016

> On 26 Feb 2016, at 06:25, Tom Ritter <tom at ritter.vg> wrote:
> On 25 February 2016 at 21:00, SMTP Test <simplesmtptest123 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I try to set up a Tor private network. I found two tutorials online
>> (http://liufengyun.chaos-lab.com/prog/2015/01/09/private-tor-network.html
>> and https://ritter.vg/blog-run_your_own_tor_network.html) but seems that
>> they both are outdated. Could anyone please give me a tutorial or some hints
>> on building a private Tor network?
> Can you explain what you ran into that was outdated or wasn't working?
> While time marches on and tor is not quite the same as when I wrote
> that - I'm not sure what would have completely broken since then…

Another option is to use chutney to autoconfigure a test tor network on your local machine.
But it can be hard to use and hard to work out what's broken if it doesn't work.
https://gitweb.torproject.org/chutney.git/tree/README <https://gitweb.torproject.org/chutney.git/tree/README>
>> Another question is: what is the minimum
>> number of required directory authorities for a private Tor network? I am
>> wondering if one directory authority is enough.
> I never tested with 1. I know 3 works.

1 works fine. But there's no redundancy if it stops working.
(Even numbers are avoided because they run the risk of consensus ties: half vote one way, half vote another, and there is no majority consensus about certain information, or the entire network state.)


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