Tor Messenger



As of March 2018, Tor Messenger is NO LONGER MAINTAINED and you should NOT use it. Please see the announcement on the blog for more information.

This page is not being deleted but please do not ignore the warning above.



Tor Messenger is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including XMPP, IRC, Twitter, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically; has an easy-to-use graphical user interface; and a secure automatic updater.

See the introductory blog post for more information.


There are no Tor Messenger downloads available. See the warning above.


On Linux, extract the bundle(s) and then run: ./start-tor-messenger.desktop

On OS X, copy the Tor Messenger application from the disk image to your local disk before running it.

See this matrix to determine where the profile folder is stored on your platform.

Note that as a policy, unencrypted one-to-one conversations are not allowed and your messages will not be transmitted if the person you are talking with does not have an OTR-enabled client. You can disable this option in the preferences to allow unencrypted communication but doing so is not recommended.


Source Code

We are doing automated builds of Tor Messenger for all platforms.

The Linux builds are reproducible: anyone who builds Tor Messenger for Linux should have byte-for-byte identical binaries compared with other builds from a given source. You can build it yourself and let us know if you encounter any problems or cannot match our build. The Windows and OS X builds are not completely reproducible yet but we are working on it.


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