Anon Connection Wizard
The Anon Connection Wizard application helps users in censored Internet environments connect to the Tor network via a Tor Bridge and/or a proxy.
Users are prompted with questions about their network environment, like whether they live in a censored area. This information is then used by the program to generate the most suitable Tor configuration possible. This file is placed:
- in Whonix-Gateway ™:
- other Linux distributions:
The following screenshots provide a visual impression of Anon Connection Wizard.
Figure: Main torrc Configuration Page
Figure: Default Bridge Page
Figure: Custom Bridge Page
Figure: Local Proxy Configuration Page
Figure: Summary Configuration Page
Figure: Tor Network Bootstrapping Page
Anon Connection Wizard vs Tor Launcher
Anon Connection Wizard shares several similar functions with the current Tor-launcher, but the latter is considered to be "upstream"  of the former. As a consequence, Anon Connection Wizard developers are trying to maintain code compatibility with the latest version of Tor-launcher and collaborate closely in Tor Launcher's design and development process.
Despite this, both applications actually have very different use cases. The current implementation of Tor-launcher relies heavily on Tor Browser (which is based on Firefox), but not all Tor users are Tor Browser Bundle users. Many people still prefer to run core Tor with different torified applications ("system Tor users"), including all Whonix ™ users. This group may prefer Anon Connection Wizard because it does not rely on Tor browser, and almost all dependencies have already been packaged in Debian.
Anon Connection Wizard vs Whonix ™ Setup Wizard
For safety reasons, Whonix ™ does not automatically connect to the public Tor network when it starts for the first time. Users are currently guided by Anon Connection Wizard on the first run, which has replaced Whonix ™ Setup Wizard. The primary benefit of Anon Connection Wizard is that it allows the user to also configure a Tor Bridge or a proxy before connecting to Tor.
Run Anon Connection Wizard
To run it.
Configure Tor Bridges
Anon Connection Wizard currently offers different types of bridges by default:
Anon Connection Wizard was originally developed by troubadour as part of the Whonix ™ Project. Some screenshots of the old version can be found in this Whonix ™ blog post [archive]. Anon Connection Wizard was further developed by iry under a Google Summer of Code project [archive]. The development process is ongoing and there are future plans to integrate Anon Connection Wizard into the Tor Controller GUI [archive].
- Upstream refers to the originator of the component being discussed.
Anon Connection Wizard is a graphical user interface (GUI) application. It does not have command line interface (CLI) support yet. [archive] It is therefore unavailable on Whonix-Gateway ™ CLI. Use
setup-distinstead; note that functionality is limited and does not support Bridges.
- As at May 2018, domain fronting has been pulled by both Google and Amazon [archive], meaning the meek-google and meek-amazon pluggable transports will no longer work.
- https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/19715 [archive]
- https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/26098 [archive]