Android Tor packages

Kyle Williams kyle.kwilliams at
Thu Mar 18 00:49:46 UTC 2010

Hi guys,

I've installed Orbot and Orweb on my phone (Android from Verizon).  Orbot is
running, and created circuits with no problem. I've selected Orweb to be
transparently proxied, through the "Apps" menu option in Orbot.  I also
selected the normal Browser, and get the same results.

When I go to with Orweb, it says that I am not using

I'm sure I missing a something here, but I'm not sure what.
My phone has been unlocked/jailbreak'd.  Any ideas?

Thanks for the good work!

- Kyle

On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 6:14 AM, Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at> wrote:

> Hi,
> The Tor Project has been working very closely with Nathan Freitas and
> The Guardian Project to create an Android release. This is an early beta
> release and is not yet suitable for high security needs. The Android web
> browser is not protected by Torbutton and we have not yet developed an
> anonymous browser on the Android platform. Please be cautious with this
> release, it's probably pretty fragile and it's certainly not ready for
> serious use.
> We've codenamed the Tor on Android project Orbot; Orbot is a single
> Android package that provides a new Tor controller, Privoxy as our
> trusty little HTTP proxy, libevent, and Tor itself. This Android package
> is using the C reference implementation of Tor. Orbot should be orders
> of magnitude safer than other Tor implementations on Android and it's
> our official release. Everything you'll need for using Tor is in the
> package. :-)
> We now have a webpage that discusses the Orbot Android package in some
> detail:
> Orbot has some commonly used features such as support for bridges. It
> also has advanced features such as per application Torification on
> modified devices (commonly called 'rooted' phones). It has been tested
> on Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.1 and on non-standard customized builds of
> Android. We think we've ironed out most of the kinks but we're looking
> for some community feedback from devices in the wild. We'd especially
> like to hear about the UI and what applications you commonly use with Tor.
> When Orbot is successfully installed and running, it should provide a
> few standard interfaces to interface with the Tor network. Privoxy
> listens on - it's chained to the standard Tor SOCKS proxy
> on In addition, we have a DNSPort on port 5400. The
> DNSPort is most commonly used by the automagical per application
> Torification. These ports may change in the future; if they conflict
> with other common and popular applications, we'd like to hear about it.
> Our official builds are available from our website. As per our usual
> style of package releases, we're releasing the .apk package with gpg
> signatures:
> If you'd simply like the latest Android package, please visit this url:
> If you have the barcode scanner, you'll be able to directly load the
> latest package by scanning the following QR code:
> We plan to release Orbot in the Google Market in the near future. The
> Orbot package you install from our website and the application in the
> Market should be identical. In addition to the GPG signature, the .apk
> files contain a digital signature. If you're feeling reasonably
> paranoid, it's probably a fine idea to download the .apk from our
> website, check the gpg signature, and then install the package on your
> device manually.
> If you'd like to reproduce our builds from source, we've documented the
> build process here:
> If you'd like to read more about Orbot, we suggest you check out the
> source and start hacking around:
> svn co android/
> Please remember that this is an early beta and please let us know about
> the bugs you experience!
> Best,
> Jake
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