Why is something like orbot mobile-only?

On the desktop, you can use tails or whonix if you want to use tor outside of the tor browser. On a mobile phone, you can use Orbot. Not everyone wants to change operating systems or use virtual machines in order to use command line programs through tor instead of the clearnet. For those people, why is orbot on the desktop not an option?


You can use torify in order to use the Tor network while using CLI



I believe torify is deprecated. The man page says

It is provided for backward compatibility; instead you should use torsocks.
When used with torsocks, torify should not leak DNS requests or UDP data.
torify can leak ICMP data.
torify will not ensure that different requests are processed on different circuits.

Use torsocks instead, like this…

$ torsocks ssh [blah blah]

edit: to Zhk2stsf’s original point, I agree that having a desktop version of Orbot would be nice


As @capole and @Tangerine said, this is called “torifying”. It is possible, but it is risky.

We have some old docs about torifying apps.

“Tor does not protect all of your computer’s Internet traffic when you run it. Tor only protects your applications that are properly configured to send their Internet traffic through Tor. To avoid problems with Tor configuration, we strongly recommend you use the Tor Browser. It is pre-configured to protect your privacy and anonymity on the web as long as you’re browsing with the Tor Browser itself. Almost any other web browser configuration is likely to be unsafe to use with Tor.”


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