Is it possible to mine Bitcoins at a pool through the TOR network? If so, how would one configure the appropriate tools?

  • Why would you want to do something like this?
    – Shamoon
    May 10, 2012 at 16:16
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    @Shamoon mostly something that came up during a conversation I had with my academic supervisor - he likes pointing out all possible exploits that could happen in relation to Bitcoin and one of them was attacking miners based on their IPs. So I figured out I'd investigate possible obfuscation of the addresses.
    – ThePiachu
    May 10, 2012 at 17:31

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You could mine over TOR, but I would expect you would get much higher stales & downtime due to the high latencies of the TOR network.

You can use the application ProxyChains to force any application on your computer to use a proxy (or a combination of proxies), simply add a new proxy to ProxyChains, as IP and your TOR software's port as port, and then setup Proxychains to force your mining application to use that proxy.



Eligius has a hidden service for Tor mining.

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    Well, they used to. Oct 9, 2019 at 2:20

I've written an application to accomplish this on my own time. Hoping this helps you and anyone else who comes across this answer.


The test results that I've used over tor and the stratum protocol, I seem to have an average latency of 610ms to a Monero Pool such as pool.usxmrpool.com. This may vary for other cryptocurrencies, but using Tor there is no stales in 4 hours of testing.

Here's a image of it all working in my test environment: enter image description here


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