List of ENS Names that Resolve to Tor .Onion Websites

Brantly Millegan
Sep 19, 2019 · 4 min read
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As previously announced, the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) now supports the resolution of Tor .onion addresses. This is just another way ENS is supporting things beyond the Ethereum ecosystem. You can read about how to use this new functionality here, and how secure it is here.

Anyone can set up an ENS name to resolve to a Tor .onion address (how to do that is explained here). But to demonstrate this feature and to get people using it, we have set up some ENS names to resolve to useful .onion websites.

The List

To keep it easy to remember, they are all just the name of the service + tor.eth.

  • DuckDuckGo: duckduckgotor.eth/
  • Facebook: facebooktor.eth/
  • Proton Mail: protonmailtor.eth/
  • Tor Project: torprojecttor.eth/
  • CIA.gov: ciagovtor.eth/
  • ProPublica: propublicator.eth/
  • NYTimes: nytimestor.eth/
  • Keybase: keybasetor.eth/
  • Hidden Answers: hiddenanswerstor.eth/
  • Whonix: whonixtor.eth/

How to use these

Why this matters

These Tor-only web addresses end with “.onion,” but otherwise the rest of the address is randomly generated. For example, to access the onion version of the privacy-centric search engine Duck Duck Go, in your Tor Browser (this will not work in a normal browser) you go to https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/.

Trying to get human-readable .onion addresses has been an ongoing problem for many years, given the high bar for security. Since ENS is a decentralized naming service that runs as a set of smart-contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, we believe ENS can be a helpful tool to solve this problem.

FAQ

Can I trust these names?

First, the records are public. You can go to our Manager, search for a name to display its records, and verify for yourself that the name is actually set to resolve to the correct .onion address.

Second, we have set up the records and then given up control of the names (transferring control to an address no one controls like “0x000000000000000000000000000000000000dEaD”), making it practically impossible for anyone to change the records. You can also verify this fact by checking a name’s records and seeing that both the Registrant and Controller are set to “0x000…0dEaD”.

Third, all of these names have been registered for five years. In ENS, even if control of the names have been given up, the registration for the names still has to be kept current (or else the name is released). To keep a .ETH name registered, someone has to pay $5/year in ETH.

ENS is set up so anyone can pay to renew any name, even if they don’t control the name (which, in the case of these names, nobody does). Registration fees can also be paid ahead as much as you’d like (e.g. you can pay $25 to renew a name for 5 years, as we have done).

If you support this project and would like to keep these names active for longer than five years, please feel free to contribute to their registration fees! You can do this by looking them up in our Manager in a browser with MetaMask and paying with ETH to lengthen their renewal period.

How does this naming system work?

How do I set up my own ENS name to resolve to a .onion address?

Why don’t you use [human-readable name].onion for naming .onion sites instead of .eth?

How can I contact the ENS team?

The Ethereum Name Service

News about the Ethereum Name Service (ENS).

Brantly Millegan

Written by

Dir. of Operations at Ethereum Name Service (ens.domains). Personal website and ENS name→ brantly.xyz

The Ethereum Name Service

News about the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) from the team building it. Follow this publication for the latest ENS developments.

Brantly Millegan

Written by

Dir. of Operations at Ethereum Name Service (ens.domains). Personal website and ENS name→ brantly.xyz

The Ethereum Name Service

News about the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) from the team building it. Follow this publication for the latest ENS developments.

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