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
sukhe sukhbir[@]torproject dot org 4096R/B297B391
mrphs nima[@]torproject dot org 4096R/1C92A77B

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
#1593 Implement test (-t switch) functionality assigned kaner
#3980 gettor should deliver checksums of our packages assigned
#27330 @get_tor on twitter not responding assigned ilv
#28232 Revive GetTor assigned
#28234 Update GetTor documentation merge_ready traumschule
#9036 Changing GetTor Message Body needs_information sukhbir
#3781 Write a spec for GetTor needs_review kaner
#28091 Port GetTor to python3 needs_revision traumschule
#3780 GetTor and BridgeDB should share email processing code new kaner
#3862 gettor should automatically include bridges in its answer new
#8542 More options on how to get the bundles new
#9071 Gettor should be able to send torrents/magnet URIs new sukhe
#13878 Use encryption to circumvent deep packet inspection and cloud service awareness new sukhbir
#17212 Request other applications with GetTor new ilv
#17214 Check integrity of uploaded files periodically new ilv
#17425 Improve GetTor Signature Section new ilv
#17588 GetTor Logging new ilv
#18750 Can you please enable OTR for your XMPP account? new ilv
#19693 Portuguese (pt_PT) translation to GetTor new ilv
#19951 Allow to get Tor bundles and bridges via bitmessage new ilv
#19952 Allow to get Tor bundles and bridges via Tox new ilv
#20659 Parse mail subject in the email autoresponder new ilv
#20770 Support Tor Browser Alpha new ilv
#21382 Implementing a GetTor FaceBook Messenger Bot new ilv
#22011 Implement telegram bot for gettor new ilv
#22664 Check for existing bundles in dropbox and handle them accordingly new ilv
#22665 Use internet archive's wayback machine. new ilv
#23072 XMPP bot not working new ilv
#23225 GetTor should ignore quoted keywords in email replies that quote the help message new ilv
#23226 GetTor help message could be more helpful new ilv
#25887 OneDrive new ilv
#26175 Support Experimental Tor Browser for Github Provider new ilv
#27148 GetTor: add support for HTML/multipart new ilv
#27972 GetTor IPFS Provider new ilv
#28092 Gettor: offer OMEMO encryption for XMPP new ilv
#28152 Gettor code refactor with Python Twisted new ilv
#28230 Link to new github repo from torproject/gettor new ilv
#28231 Provide more Gettor distribution methods new ilv
#28233 Translate GetTor messages new ilv
#28284 Arabic version for Gettor new ilv
#28339 Log handling in gettor new ilv
#28340 Package gettor for Debian new ilv
#10692 GetTor needs official two-factor-enabled dropbox and google accounts reopened
#14744 Automate upload of latest Tor Browser to cloud services reopened ilv
#20116 Get @get_tor twitter account verified reopened mrphs

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