Tor with Brew in Mac OS X

To install the Tor service using Brew in Mac OS X:

$ brew install tor torsocks

However, this does not load the Tor service automatically (either manually or automatically at log in). Since I don’t link things to be loaded automatically for me, I’ve created the following shell script to load or unload (start or stop) the Tor service manually in Mac OS X:

#!/bin/bash

function usage() {
  echo "usage: $0 start|stop";
  exit 1;
}

function tor_service() {
  launchctl $1 /usr/local/opt/tor/homebrew.mxcl.tor.plist
}

function start() {
  echo "$0: starting tor service...";
  tor_service load
}

function stop() {
  echo "$0: stopping tor service...";
  tor_service unload
}

function check() {
  echo "$0: checking if tor works...";
  if torsocks curl -s https://check.torproject.org | grep -q 'Congratulations. This browser is configured to use Tor.'; then
    echo 'The tor service works';
  else
    echo 'The tor service does NOT work';
  fi
}

case "$1" in
  help|--help|-h)
    usage;;

  start)
    start;;

  stop)
    stop;;

  check)
    check;;

  *)
    echo "error: missing or unrecognized command-line argument";
    usage;;
esac

To start (load) the Tor service:

./tor.sh start

To stop (unload) the Tor service:

./tor.sh start

To check whether the Tor service is working:

./tor.sh check

To tor-ify command-line tools like curl or wget:

torsocks wget https://check.torproject.org/
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One thought on “Tor with Brew in Mac OS X

  1. An error in your Example for Stopping Tor

    To stop (unload) the Tor service:
    ./tor.sh start

    🙂

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