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Tor Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Tor for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Tor Browser, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Tor and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Tor are I2P, Freenet, ZeroNet and Shadowsocks.

Tor alternatives are mainly Anonymizing Networks but may also be VPN Services or Web Browsers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Tor.
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Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance...

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  1. The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning...

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTor Browser is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Built-in VPNTor Browser has a built-in VPN feature that enhances your privacy and allows you to browse the web from anywhere.
    ⚫︎ Block TrackersTor Browser has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
    ⚫︎ PortableTor Browser can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks Tor Browser is a great alternative to Tor.

    anyone can use it even in secure and encrypted network.

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    very good.i like you tor

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    Tor Browser is a browser that connects to Tor, therefore not a proper alternative.

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    Killercat103

    As it is a Tor client rather than an alternative darknet or distributed network

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    somepeter

    Tor Browser is (guess what) the browser for Tor. It makes as much sense to compare them as to compare Firefox and HTTP.

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    Tor is supposed to be the underlying network, not the browser

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    MARK_PENGUIN

    Tor is an anonymity network, Tor Browser is a browser that connects to this network.

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  2. The I2P network provides strong privacy protections for communication over the Internet. Many activities that would risk your privacy on the public Internet can be conducted anonymously inside I2P.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedI2P is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Most users think I2P is a great alternative to Tor.

    Both access networks that are otherwise inaccessible.

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    daniellmesquita

    It is very more anonymous than Tor, and Tor is not even really anonymous.

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  3. Freenet icon

    Freenet is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedFreenet is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeFreenet doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Most users think Freenet is a great alternative to Tor.

    Both have a network that is otherwise inaccessible.

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  4. ZeroNet uses cryptography (Bitcoin library) and BitTorrent DHT (centralized trackers) to build a distributed censorship-resistant network.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedZeroNet is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Discontinued

    The last release is from September 2019.

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    Most users think ZeroNet is a great alternative to Tor.

    Closest to the decentralized part of Tor.

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    Shadowsocks

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid

    A fast tunnel proxy that helps you bypass firewalls.

    ⚫︎ ShadowsocksShadowsocks has support for shadowsocks protocol to circumvent Internet censorship
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    Almost everyone thinks Shadowsocks is a great alternative to Tor.


  6. GNUnet is a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking that does not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services. A first service implemented on top of the networking layer allows anonymous censorship-resistant file-sharing.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedGNUnet is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    Besides command line tools, GNUnet provides a graphical user interface: gnunet-gtk. Here are some screenshots of gnunet-gtk and its features and ports.
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    Most users think GNUnet is a great alternative to Tor.
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    cjdns

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Cjdns is a networking protocol and reference implementation, founded on the ideology that networks should be easy to set up, protocols should scale up smoothly, and security should be ubiquitous.

    ⚫︎ Decentralizedcjdns is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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  8. Yggdrasil

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    A proof-of-concept scalable IPv6 meshnet, featuring end-to-end encryption, a unique spanning tree routing algorithm and aiming to implement novel backpressure routing metrics.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedYggdrasil is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ LightweightYggdrasil consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionYggdrasil has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    i2pd (I2P Daemon)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Raspberry Pi
    • C++
    • I2P

    I2P (Invisible Internet Protocol) is a universal anonymous network layer. All communications over I2P are anonymous and end-to-end encrypted, participants don't reveal their real IP addresses.

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    Calypso

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Calypso, formerly Kommute, is a cross platfrom file sharing client using the anonymous network MUTE. Developped using C++ and Qt. For windows and linux, portable to other environments. You can try it by following the installation instructions below.

    ⚫︎ PortableCalypso can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.24, released in May 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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