Ubuntu – Torify and Torsocks not working


I want to Tor in terminal. This is what I used to do and it was working without any issue:

  • running Tor Browser
  • running torify or torsocks before the command in terminal

But it is for a while that this is not working. I don't remember if this is happening after some specific change in my system or not. I haven't had any major and noticeable change in it.

Perhaps the following lines can help for knowing the issue:

$ curl ifconfig.me
111.222.333.444       <<< My real IP

$ torify curl ifconfig.me 2> /dev/null 

$ torify curl ifconfig.me
[Jan 21 20:55:05] PERROR torsocks[16007]: socks5 libc connect: Connection refused (in socks5_connect() at socks5.c:185)

$ torsocks curl ifconfig.me
[Jan 21 20:59:50] ERROR torsocks[16100]: Unable to resolve. Status reply: 4 (in socks5_recv_resolve_reply() at socks5.c:666)
curl: (6) Could not resolve host: ifconfig.me

While I'm facing this issue, I can easily use Tor Browser with no problem.

Any idea how to solve this issue?

Best Answer

After spending lot of time and energy, I finally could manage to solve the problem myself.

It seems by default, Tor should be set in such a way to use the port 9050 for socks5. This setting can be found in /etc/tor/torsocks.conf file. Look at these lines in this file:

# Default Tor address and port. By default, Tor will listen on localhost for
# any SOCKS connection and relay the traffic on the Tor network.
TorPort 9050

Based on my TorBrowser setting, the browser uses port 9150 instead of 9050. So, I changed the relevant line and set 9150 as the port.

Now, torsocks and torify work as expected.
(Just it seems there is some technical issue with ifconfig.me website, since I cannot open it even in browser. But other websites are working well.)

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