Tor.rb: Onion Routing for Ruby

This is a Ruby library for interacting with the Tor anonymity network.

Features

  • Supports checking whether Tor is installed in the user's current PATH, and if it is, returning the version number.
  • Supports parsing Tor configuration files and looking up the values of particular options.
  • Supports querying and controlling a locally-running Tor process using the Tor Control Protocol (TC) over a socket connection.
  • Supports querying the Tor DNS Exit List (DNSEL) to determine whether a particular host is a Tor exit node or not.
  • Compatible with Ruby 1.8.7+, Ruby 1.9.x, and JRuby 1.4/1.5.

Examples

require 'rubygems'
require 'tor'

Checking whether Tor is installed and which version it is

Tor.available?                                     #=> true
Tor.version                                        #=> "0.2.1.25"

Parsing the Tor configuration file (1)

torrc = Tor::Config.load("/etc/tor/torrc")

Parsing the Tor configuration file (2)

Tor::Config.open("/etc/tor/torrc") do |torrc|
  puts "Tor SOCKS port: #{torrc['SocksPort']}"
  puts "Tor control port: #{torrc['ControlPort']}"
  puts "Tor exit policy:"
  torrc.each('ExitPolicy') do |key, value|
    puts "  #{value}"
  end
end

Communicating with a running Tor process

Tor::Controller.connect(:port => 9051) do |tor|
  puts "Tor version: #{tor.version}"
  puts "Tor config file: #{tor.config_file}"
end

Checking whether a particular host is a Tor exit node

Tor::DNSEL.include?("208.75.57.100")               #=> true
Tor::DNSEL.include?("1.2.3.4")                     #=> false

Documentation

Dependencies

Installation

The recommended installation method is via RubyGems. To install the latest official release of Tor.rb, do:

% [sudo] gem install tor                 # Ruby 1.8.7+ or 1.9.x
% [sudo] gem install backports tor       # Ruby 1.8.1+

Download

To get a local working copy of the development repository, do:

% git clone git://github.com/bendiken/tor-ruby.git

Alternatively, you can download the latest development version as a tarball as follows:

% wget http://github.com/bendiken/tor-ruby/tarball/master

Author

License

Tor.rb is free and unencumbered public domain software. For more information, see http://unlicense.org/ or the accompanying UNLICENSE file.