I'm currently in chapter 14.1 (verify your tor setup) of the learning bitcoin from the command line course by blockchaincommons.

I don't get my head around doing the actual RPC verification via torify and I assume my linode-node is not running properly behind tor. When I type sudo -u debian-tor tor --verify-config everything is fine and I see the expected result.

However when I try to check the rpc ports in /etc/tor/torrc I can NOT see the hidden service ports described in the docs. There it only says:

############### This section is just for location-hidden services ###

## Once you have configured a hidden service, you can look at the
## contents of the file ".../hidden_service/hostname" for the address
## to tell people.
## HiddenServicePort x y:z says to redirect requests on port x to the
## address y:z.

#HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden_service/
#HiddenServicePort 80

#HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/other_hidden_service/
#HiddenServicePort 80
#HiddenServicePort 22

I can see them in the bitcoin.conf file but that doesn't help much... I have an QR-code but I'm not able to connect with my node through it. And I don't have a /var/lib/tor/standup/hostname directory at all.

What I CAN do is verifying my tor-setup for bitcoind running grep "tor:" ~/.bitcoin/testnet3/debug.log.

I assume, something went wrong during the initial install. But can anybody tell me, how to fix it?

PS: Explanations for differences between RPC and bitcoind are also welcome, I think I'm not getting that right either...

  • At the top of the guide you linked, it mentions setup with Bitcoin StandUp. I can see that the Linux StandUp script should have set the ports in torrc. Did you use this script?
    – meshcollider
    Dec 12, 2021 at 3:56
  • Might checkout the tor guide in bitcoin-core. If your using "option 2" then core is making the Tor service for you via the Tor API.
    – Dan
    Dec 12, 2021 at 6:44
  • @meshcollider yes I did us Bitcoin StandUp. Question is, can I simply add them manually in the displayed section above?
    – zerotobtc
    Dec 12, 2021 at 8:33
  • @zerotobtc I think the setup is more complicated than just adding those lines to the file. I'd recommend using the Tor setup guide linked by Dan
    – meshcollider
    Dec 12, 2021 at 9:01
  • Thanks @Dan for the link to the setup guide, that helped!
    – zerotobtc
    Dec 12, 2021 at 9:19

1 Answer 1


I still don't know why the error occurred however I found a workaround.

I added the lines

HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/standup/
HiddenServiceVersion 3
HiddenServicePort 1309
HiddenServicePort 1309
HiddenServicePort 1309

in the /etc/tor/torrc file (according to the tor guide) in the hidden service section. Then I restarted tor with systemctl restart tor. Afterwards the /var/lib/tor/standup/hostname file was created and also the torify command went through just fine!

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