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A bushel of onions is 57 lbs

WARNING: bushel is under active development and may look completely different when you look at it after a few more commits.

bushel is a command-line client for Tor's directory protocol. It can recursively download the latest consensus, server descriptors and extra info descriptors that are available.

It makes use of asyncio internally to manage downloads, with the actual downloads being performed by stem. stem is also used for parsing descriptors when they are downloaded.


  • Python 3.7+ (no really, we're using some new asyncio features)
  • stem 1.8.0+ (master will do for now, because 1.8.0 isn't released)
  • aiofiles
  • nose

Getting Started

On Debian systems:

sudo apt install python3.7 python3-virtualenv git
mkdir -p ~/bushel/out
cd ~/bushel
python3.7 -m virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3.7 .
git clone src
. bin/activate
cd src && pip install -r requirements.txt && python install
cd ~/bushel/out && bushel scrape

Unit Tests

Some unit tests expect a local directory cache to be running at It should be configured with the following torrc options:

DirPort 9030
UseMicrodescriptors 0
DownloadExtraInfo 1

If you have not configured this, the tests will not fail, they will just be skipped. This is not required for normal operation. We expect this requirement to go away once we have a mock Directory Server to test against.

The tests can be run with:

python3.7 -m nose --with-doctest
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