How to access 8chan through Tor and Zeronet

Since Cloudflare decided to shut down its service to 8chan and Bitmitigate’s infrastructure provider Voxility also did the same I will provide you with two ways you can use to access these websites.

The first one is the well-established Tor network. Just download the Tor Browser and once you installed it and opened it log into http://oxwugzccvk3dk6tj.onion/ [UPDATE: link seems to be dead now]. These kind of Onion addresses can’t be accessed with regular browsers but you can access regular websites with the Tor Browser, which will provide you with a fair amount of anonymity at the cost of speed.

The other alternative is actually different to regular 8chan since it’s basically a different website but it’s worth considering due to it’s decentralized nature. Zeronet websites are decentralized and therefore they can’t be easily censored since no infrastructure is present, other than the peering nodes (i.e.: any computer in the network). Unlike Tor, Zeronet runs an app (process) in the background and uses your default browser. After downloading it, decompressing the file and opening the ZeroNet.exe file you’ll be connected to the network. Then go to this address: http://127.0.0.1:43110/1DdPHedr5Tz55EtQWxqvsbEXPdc4uCVi9D/. Bear in mind this IP address 127.0.0.1 is your own computer so this won’t work unless you first ran that ZeroNet.exe file.

Happy researching!

2 thoughts on “How to access 8chan through Tor and Zeronet”

  1. I tried it and it still didn’t work. All i get is either “The owner of onion.ws has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Tor Browser has not connected to this website.” or the connection times out.

    What gives?

    1. Hey Zach, thanks for stopping by.

      Unfortunately it seems that address is not working at this time. I can only suggest you to try Zeronet or any of the clearnet imageboards such as Endchan https://endchan.net
      I wish I had something better to tell you.

      Somewhat unrelated but 8ch will be back no sooner than September 5th but exactly when is still a mistery. More info will probably appear here: https://twitter.com/codemonkeyz

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