Torsocks: Securely Routing Bash Traffic over Tor Protocol

4 min readJun 18, 2023


In an increasingly connected world, maintaining online privacy and security has become paramount. Tor (The Onion Router) is a powerful network that allows users to protect their identities and access the internet anonymously. To further enhance Tor’s capabilities, a tool called Torsocks comes into play. In this blog post, we will explore what Torsocks is, how users can utilize it to route their Bash traffic over the Tor protocol, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using Torsocks.

What is Torsocks?

Torsocks is a wrapper library that provides a transparent network interface for applications to connect through the Tor network. It acts as a mediator between the application and the network, redirecting network traffic to the Tor network and ensuring that all connections are anonymized. Torsocks enables users to run existing applications that are not inherently Tor-friendly and directs their traffic through the Tor network seamlessly.

How to Use Torsocks for Routing Bash Traffic:

Using Torsocks to route Bash traffic through Tor is relatively straightforward. Here are the steps to get started: