This is a guide for installing the Python version of obfsproxy. If you still have the C version, we recommend you to upgrade to the Python version!
Step 0: Install Python
To setup obfsproxy you will need
Python (>= 2.7),
pip. If you use Debian testing (or unstable),
or a version of Ubuntu newer than Oneiric, this is easy:
# apt-get install python2.7 python-pip python-dev build-essential
Step 1: Install Tor
You need Tor 0.2.4.x because it knows how to automatically report your obfsproxy address to BridgeDB.
Step 2: Install obfsproxy
If you have
and its dependencies should be a matter of a single command:
You will probably want to run the pip install command as root so that obfsproxy gets installed to /usr/local/bin.
(Instead of using pip, you could also use the git repository of obfsproxy if you feel more adventurous)
Step 3: Setup tor
Now setup Tor. Edit your /etc/tor/torrc to add:
ORPort 443 # or some other port if you already run a webserver/skype
Exitpolicy reject *:*
## CHANGEME_1 -> provide a nickname for your bridge, can be anything you like
## CHANGEME_2 -> provide some email address so we can contact you if there's a problem
ServerTransportPlugin obfs3 exec /usr/local/bin/obfsproxy managed
Don't forget to uncomment and edit the CHANGEME fields. Also, if you didn't install obfsproxy as root, you might have to change its path.
Step 4: Launch Tor and verify that it bootstraps
Restart Tor to use the new configuration file. (Preface with sudo if needed.)# service tor restart
Now check /var/log/tor/log and you should see something like this:Nov 05 16:40:45.000 [notice] We now have enough directory information to build circuits.
Nov 05 16:40:45.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 80%: Connecting to the Tor network.
Nov 05 16:40:46.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 85%: Finishing handshake with first hop.
Nov 05 16:40:46.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 90%: Establishing a Tor circuit.
Nov 05 16:40:48.000 [notice] Tor has successfully opened a circuit. Looks like client functionality is working.
Nov 05 16:40:48.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done.
If Tor is earlier in the bootstrapping phase, wait until it gets to 100%.
Step 5: Set up port forwarding if needed
If you're behind a NAT/firewall, you'll need to make your bridge reachable from the outside world — both on the ORPort and the obfsproxy port. The ORPort is whatever you defined in step two above. To find your obfsproxy port, check your Tor logs for two lines similar to these:Oct 05 20:00:42.000 [notice] Registered server transport 'obfs3' at '0.0.0.0:40172
The last number in each line, in this case 26821 and 40172, are the TCP port numbers that you need to forward through your firewall. (This port is randomly chosen the first time Tor starts, but Tor will cache and reuse the same number in future runs.) If you want to change the number, use Tor 0.2.4.7-alpha or later, and set "ServerTransportListenAddr obfs3 0.0.0.0:26821" in your torrc.