GetTor is a program that presents alternative methods to download Tor Browser, especially when access to Tor Project's official website and mirrors is blocked. For now, the only available method is SMTP (email).

You can check Usage to know how to use it, Design to have an insight of how it works, Roadmap to see what's coming, Ideas to see some crazy and not so crazy stuff that could be implemented, Outreach to know about collaboration with other projects/communities, and Tickets to have a glimpse of the development progress.

Have you found a bug? Please, fill a ticket.

Current Development

GetTor is in continuous development. You can find the latest code on this repository. If you have any doubts, suggestions, or feedback, please don't hesitate on contact the GetTor team:

GetTor team Contact PGP key
ilv ilv[@]torproject dot org 4096R/540BFC0E
hiro hiro[@]torproject dot org

GetTor's status reports:

February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015, June 2015, July 2015, August 2015.


Stuff in (light) development:

SMTP channel

  • Improve content of emails
  • Enable requests for more locales (English only for now) #3921
    • Return locale version and English message when email is sent to gettor+locale@tpo
    • Return locale version and translated message when email is sent to gettor+locale@tpo
  • Deliver the latest version of Tor Browser #12502 #14744

Distributions channels

  • Deploy XMPP channel #12819
    • Research and (if possible) implement OTR communication.
  • Finish Twitter channel
  • Research more channels! (e.g. p2p) #9071 #8542

Cloud services

  • Integrate Google Drive #13779 #10692
  • More tests and then integrate Github #14835
  • Automate the upload of latest Tor Browser to the various services integrated #14744
  • Research more services!
    • Special interest in nice services that are not blocked in mainland China #14114


Here are some nice ideas that could be implemented in the near future (in no specific order):

If you open a ticket for one of these ideas, please add its number next to the idea it belongs. Thank you.

  • The future of GetTor
  • Enable the 'mirrors' keyword and return the parsed content of tpo/getinvolved/mirrors.html.en. It would be very helpful to send the direct link for download. #16716
  • Enable the 'sha256 checksums' and return dist.tpo/torbrowser/version/sha256sums.txt #3980
  • Create a nice way to test GetTor #1593
  • Create some kind of bot that makes daily requests to GetTor to check what channels are up.
  • Make a nice and beautiful page that explains what is GetTor, why it exists, and how to use it (including key verification).
  • Improve stats. What other numbers could we get?

Here are some thoughts that need research, and might be nice ideas to implement if we figure out how:

  • Change from generating responses on request by static responses.
  • Can we provide Tor Browser via DuckDuckGo?
  • Distribute MAR files. Does this actually makes sense? #13781
  • Use encryption to circumvent deep packet inspection and cloud service awareness. #13878
  • Sign outgoing emails. Would this be useful, or it would just add complexity to the message?
  • Receive PGP public keys and reply with encrypted content.

Feel free to add your own idea.


There are lots of projects and communities out there that share part or all of the goals of GetTor. We might even find time to collaborate with some of them.

  • Tor2web: ilv has collaborated with Tor2web in the implementation of a GetTor feature. See their wiki for more details.
  • DuckDuckGo: ilv is currently learning how to make instant answers and see if we could do something nice related to GetTor goals.


Ticket Summary Status Owner
#3781 Write a spec for GetTor assigned
#3980 gettor should deliver checksums of our packages assigned
#13878 Use encryption to circumvent deep packet inspection and cloud service awareness assigned
#17214 Check integrity of uploaded files periodically assigned
#17425 Improve GetTor Signature Section assigned
#19693 Portuguese (pt_PT) translation to GetTor assigned emmapeel
#20770 Support Tor Browser Alpha assigned
#22664 Check for existing bundles in dropbox and handle them accordingly assigned
#27330 @get_tor on twitter not responding assigned
#28231 Provide more Gettor distribution methods assigned
#28232 Revive GetTor assigned
#28233 Translate GetTor messages assigned
#28284 Arabic version for Gettor assigned
#28340 Package gettor for Debian assigned
#30247 Understand GetTor usage assigned
#31339 GitHub blocked in Iran affecting gettor circumvention assigned hiro
#31982 Problems with Gettor assigned hiro
#32712 gettor host fills up storage space when updating files merge_ready cohosh
#9036 Changing GetTor Message Body needs_information sukhbir
#31313 Don't rely on RecommendedTBBVersions to create download links needs_review
#3862 gettor should automatically include bridges in its answer new
#9071 Gettor should be able to send torrents/magnet URIs new sukhe
#17212 Request other applications with GetTor new
#18750 Can you please enable OTR for your XMPP account? new
#19951 Allow to get Tor bundles and bridges via bitmessage new
#19952 Allow to get Tor bundles and bridges via Tox new
#20116 Get @get_tor twitter account verified new
#20659 Parse mail subject in the email autoresponder new
#21382 Implementing a GetTor FaceBook Messenger Bot new
#22011 Implement telegram bot for gettor new
#23072 XMPP bot not working new
#23225 GetTor should ignore quoted keywords in email replies that quote the help message new
#23226 GetTor help message could be more helpful new
#25887 OneDrive new
#26175 Support Experimental Tor Browser for Github Provider new
#27148 GetTor: add support for HTML/multipart new
#27972 GetTor IPFS Provider new
#28092 Gettor: offer OMEMO encryption for XMPP new
#28339 Log handling in gettor new
#31377 Create a GetTor survival guide new
#31533 Require Twisted 19.7.0 because it fixes CVE-2019-12855 in jabber new
#32393 GetTor's GitHub links are broken new
#32711 Gitlab repository is full and can't be updated new
#32716 Understand where gettor distribution providers are blocked new
#10692 GetTor needs official two-factor-enabled dropbox and google accounts reopened

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