How to manually add Tor bridges by editing the torrc file
Sometimes bridges must be added manually in the torrc file, such as with Whonix 13. These steps apply to multiple distros, but is aimed towards Whonix and debian users.
Here are the basic steps of adding the bridge lines:
Step one: open Terminal.
Step two: type in:
sudo nano /etc/tor/torrc
sudo nano /usr/local/etc/torrc.d/50_user.conf
If your torrc file is located elsewhere, this guide may help you locate it. Also, you may use a different text editor, such as vim, to edit the torrc file. However, if you are using Whonix, it is advised NOT to install programs in the gateway vm.
Step three: Paste in the following text at the bottom:
ClientTransportPlugin obfs3,obfs4 exec /usr/bin/obfs4proxy
If obfs4proxy is not installed:
sudo apt install obfs4proxy
Step four: Paste your bridge lines below that. They may look something like this:
bridge obfs4 188.8.131.52:42086 0EEB10BF4B4FAF56D46E cert=oue8sYYw5wi4n3mf2WDOg iat-mode=0
Step five: Ensuring that there is not a
DisableNetwork 0, save the file with
Y, and then press enter.
Step six: Reload Tor. Enter this command in Terminal:
sudo service [email protected] reload
Check Tor’s daemon status:
sudo service [email protected] status
It should include a message saying:
Active: active (running) since ...
In case of issues, try the following debugging steps.
Check Tor’s config:
sudo -u debian-tor tor --verify-config
The output should be similar to the following:
Sep 17 17:40:41.416 [notice] Read configuration file "/etc/tor/torrc".
Configuration was valid