txtorcon gives you a live view of all Tor state and the ability to control most aspects of Tor's operation. With txtorcon you can launch tor; connect to already-running tor instances; use tor as a client (via SOCKS5); set up (onion) services over tor; change all aspects of configuration; track live state (active circuits and streams, etc); do DNS via Tor; and query other information from the tor daemon.
txtorcon is the library to use if you want to write event-based software in Python that uses the Tor network as a client or a service (or integrate Tor support for existing Twisted-using applications, or display information about a locally running tor). Twisted already provides many robust protocol implementations, deployment, logging and integration with GTK, Qt and other graphics frameworks -- so txtorcon can be used for command-line or GUI applications or integrate with long-lived daemons easily.
In fact, due to support for endpoints (adding the
onion: plugins), many Twisted applications can now integrate with
Tor with no code changes. For example, you can use the existing
Twisted webserver via
twistd to serve your
directory over an onion service:
$ sudo apt-get install --install-suggests python-txtorcon $ twistd web --port "onion:80" --path ~/public_html
(You should ideally enable the Tor project repositories first).
Currently, txtorcon is capable of:
- making arbitrary client connections to other services over Tor;
- configuring twisted.web.client.Agent instances to do Web requests over Tor;
- doing both of the above over specific circuits;
- listening as an Onion service;
- maintaining up-to-date (live) state information about Tor: Circuits, Streams and Routers (relays);
- maintaining current (live) configuration information;
- maintaining representation of Tor's address mappings (with expiry);
- interrogating initial state of all three of the above;
- listening for and altering stream -> circuit mappings;
- building custom circuits;
- Circuit and Stream state listeners;
- listening for any Tor EVENT;
- launching and/or controlling a Tor instance (including Tor Browser Bundle);
- complete Twisted endpoint support (both "onion"/server side and client-side). This means you may be able to use existing Twisted software via Tor with no code changes. It also is the preferred way to connect (or listen) in Twisted.
Comments (positive or negative) appreciated. Even better if they come
A text-only screencast-type overview of some of txtorcon's features, from asciinema.org:
.. literalinclude:: ../examples/readme.py
- magic-wormhole "get things from one computer to another, safely"
- Tahoe-LAFS a Free and Open encrypted distributed storage system
- Crossbar.io a Free and Open distributed-systems (RPC and PubSub) protocol (called WAMP) router. Supports e2e-encrypted payloads.
- txtorcon received a brief mention at 29C3 starting at 12:20 (or via youtube).
- carml command-line utilities for Tor
- foolscap RPC system inspired by Twisted's built-in "Perspective Broker" package.
- bwscanner next-gen bandwidth scanner for Tor network
- unmessage Privacy enhanced instant messenger
- APAF anonymous Python application framework
- OONI the Open Observatory of Network Interference
- exitaddr scan Tor exit addresses
- txtorhttpproxy simple HTTP proxy in Twisted
- bulb Web-based Tor status monitor
- onionvpn "ipv6 to onion service virtual public network adapter"
- torperf2 new Tor node network performance measurement service
- torweb web-based Tor controller/monitor
- potator "A Tor-based Decentralized Virtual Private Network Application"