Lesson: Access IPFS content through Tor gateways (experimental)
This lesson covers accessing IPFS content through Tor gateways.
After doing this Lesson you will be able to
- Use the Tor browser and a public IPFS gateway on the Tor network to access IPFS content
ipfs4uvgthshqonk.onionis a volunteer-run IPFS Gateway on the Tor network. You will use this gateway to request IPFS content. (Warning: The IPFS project does not run this gateway. We cannot guarantee stability or security.) There are probably many other IPFS gateways on the Tor network. You can use any of them in this way -- simply replace
ipfs4uvgthshqonk.onionwith the name of the gateway you're trying to access.
With the Tor browser running, enter the hash of the IPFS content you want to retrieve. This part is the same as using any other IPFS gateway -- only the address of the gateway is different: If you're using the hash of a specific snapshot of content, use the path
https://ipfs4uvgthshqonk.onion/ipfs/<your-ipfs-hash>. If you're using an IPNS hash to get the latest version of some content, use the path
This approach relies on the IPFS gateway at
ipfs4uvgthshqonk.onionto retrieve content from the IPFS network for you. The difference with this gateway, as opposed to the gateways at ipfs.io, is that it's listening for requests directly over Tor protocol. This allows you to access the gateway anonymously.
Read about how you can configure an IPFS node to use the Tor transport or return to the Tutorial on The Myriad Ways to Access and Distribute IPFS Content to learn about the many other ways you can use IPFS to access the same content using the same content-addressed link.