Mixmaster: Tor Remailer

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Motivation behind this: "What if there where a bookmark pointing to mail.local (or something like that) where you can simply enter an e-mail address, from sender (optional), subject and text, click send and mail is on its way?

No sign-up/registration/smtp server required."

Mixmaster [1] is a Remailer. Please read the Remailer article first as introduction.

There are two ways of using the Mixmaster network. Using Mixmaster inside Whonix-Workstation is the recommended way but more difficult. Unfortunately, there is no nice graphical user interface for Mixmaster on Debian GNU/Linux. The other way is using a webinterface, which is documented in the Remailer article.

This is quite an unusual setup. At time of writing there where no references that ever anyone ever successfully used the mixmaster software to remail over Tor. Therefore it might make clear, that you are a Whonix user.

Mixmaster inside Whonix-Workstation[edit]

A fresh list of Mixmaster nodes is required. You can either update using the ncurses interface or using the Debian method. Both are documented below.

sudo mixmaster-update --verbose

If it fails, enumerate other available pingers to update stats from. This shows a list of all available sources (banana, austria, etc…):

sudo mixmaster-update --verbose --list-sources

Update via selected source. For example source austria worked:

sudo mixmaster-update --verbose --source austria

Mails can be send by command line.


echo "mail text"

banana is an example here.

If it says, Error: No such remailer: breaka, then choose another one. You can get a list of them and availability stats by looking at the file /var/lib/mixmaster/stats/mlist2.txt.

Or instead of using echo text, you can also read the text from a file. This is handy, because you can (and should) use a spell checker and because you can (and should if applicable) encrypt the text beforehand.

echo "`cat maildraftfile`"

Or if you want to add a subject. (Which you most likely don't want, because the subject can not be encrypted.)

echo "mail text"

Takes a moment and shows.

Chain: banana

Here is a command which will allow you to post to newsgroups.

Working: echo "mail text"


Note, that it can due to the nature of the remailer network take a long time until your mail arrives.

Nymservers How-To[edit]

See Nymservers



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