Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#12571 closed task (worksforme)

online documentation for the ports has gotten muddled

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by:
Priority: Medium Milestone: WebsiteV3
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When I used to proxy apps through Tor the documentation was pretty clear about 9050 being the port to put everything through, while 9150 was the port to control Tor, the port Vidalia used to control Tor. I seem to remember that before Torbutton took over Vidalia's functionality the preconfigured port with the Tor bundle was 9050, as it was just another app routed through Tor, and Vidalia, talking to Tor via 9150, was the controller.

I've been through all the documentation I can find and it still seems to suggest that 9050 is for routing and 9150 is for control. My problem is, 9050 doesn't work for routing on my machine. If I want an app to use the Tor network, I have to socks it to 9150. This is freaking me out.

I'm running 3.6.2 but I sometimes use standalone Vidalia for various utilities it has.

Another area that needs clarification is Orbot - it seems to suggest 8118 is its routing port, but I don't know what its control port is or even whether 8118 is indeed the routing port because the documentation is sparse and murky there too. Or maybe I just need to be pointed to the correct link... but the fact that I can't directly find it and there are contradictory factoids floating around is troubling.

I know the ports for Tor used to be different way back when, because I ended up finding that there are still some really old tutorials that are obsolete kicking around on various computer news sites. Did non-Android Tor once use 8118? Anyway I'm confused, and since I spent the better part of an hour digging around the Tor site and the internet and couldn't geta conclusive answer, I'm filing a bug for better documentation.

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comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by cypherpunks

Unless there is something happening on your machine that can override your Tor defaults locally, you should be able to determine your "ControlPort" (control) and "SocksPort" (access) ports by looking at your torrc-defaults file, located in your Data\Tor directory.

It is correct that the default ports have changed over time, that old tutorials published elsewhere can be misleading or confusing to new users, and that documentation on the Tor site itself probably should be better kept up to date. In the meantime, this can be the documentation :)

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by cypherpunks

Priority: majornormal
Type: defecttask

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by Sebastian

Resolution: worksforme
Status: newclosed

I'm closing this as worksforme. Please file more concrete tickets in the future, pointing out individual things that can be improved. There's already a general consensus established that we need better documentation, but that's a process that'll never end.

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