Obfsproxy Instructions

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This is a guide for installing the Python version of obfsproxy. If you still have the C version, we recommend you to upgrade to the Python version!

Step 0: Install Python

To setup obfsproxy you will need Python (>= 2.7), and pip. If you use Debian testing (or unstable), or a version of Ubuntu newer than Oneiric, this is easy:

# apt-get install python2.7 python-pip python-dev build-essential

On Fedora, that command would look like:

# yum install make automake gcc python-pip python-devel libyaml-devel

Step 1: Install Tor

You will also need a recent version of Tor (>= We recommend you use Tor's repositories for Debian/Ubuntu or install Tor from git.

You need Tor 0.2.4.x because it knows how to automatically report your obfsproxy address to BridgeDB.

Step 2: Install obfsproxy

If you have pip, installing obfsproxy and its dependencies should be a matter of a single command:

# pip install obfsproxy

You will probably want to run the pip install command as root so that obfsproxy gets installed to /usr/local/bin.

(Instead of using pip, you could also use the git repository of obfsproxy if you feel more adventurous)

Step 3: Setup tor

Now setup Tor. Edit your /etc/tor/torrc to add:

SocksPort 0
ORPort auto
BridgeRelay 1
Exitpolicy reject *:*

## CHANGEME_1 -> provide a nickname for your bridge, can be anything you like
#Nickname CHANGEME_1
## CHANGEME_2 -> provide some email address so we can contact you if there's a problem
#ContactInfo CHANGEME_2

ServerTransportPlugin obfs3 exec /usr/local/bin/obfsproxy managed

Don't forget to uncomment and edit the CHANGEME fields. Also, if you didn't install obfsproxy as root, you might have to change its path.

Step 4: Launch Tor and verify that it bootstraps

Restart Tor to use the new configuration file. (Preface with sudo if needed.)

# service tor restart

Now check /var/log/tor/log and you should see something like this:

Nov 05 16:40:45.000 [notice] We now have enough directory information to build circuits.
Nov 05 16:40:45.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 80%: Connecting to the Tor network.
Nov 05 16:40:46.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 85%: Finishing handshake with first hop.
Nov 05 16:40:46.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 90%: Establishing a Tor circuit.
Nov 05 16:40:48.000 [notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks like client functionality is working.
Nov 05 16:40:48.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done.

If Tor is earlier in the bootstrapping phase, wait until it gets to 100%.

Step 5: Set up port forwarding if needed

If you're behind a NAT/firewall, you'll need to make your bridge reachable from the outside world — both on the ORPort and the obfsproxy port. The ORPort is whatever you defined in step two above. To find your obfsproxy port, check your Tor logs for two lines similar to these:

Oct 05 20:00:42.000 [notice] Registered server transport 'obfs3' at '

The last number in each line, in this case 26821 and 40172, are the TCP port numbers that you need to forward through your firewall. (This port is randomly chosen the first time Tor starts, but Tor will cache and reuse the same number in future runs.) If you want to change the number, use Tor or later, and set "ServerTransportListenAddr obfs3" in your torrc.

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