Hosting a Whonix Mirror

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Instructions on how to set up a Whonix Download Mirror

rsync from[edit]


  • Available over encrypted clearnet port 874. (Default port by openssl-rsync.)
  • Available over encrypted clearnet port 1874. (Default port by Debian ftpsync package, rsync-ssl-tunnel script.)
  • Available over encrypted onion, port 873. (rsync default port.)

Security advice:

  • Encrypted rsync is better.
  • rsync over onion is best.

Commands below use for testing:

  • --dry-run


  • Later for production you might wish to drop --dry-run and change the destination folder from ~/whonix to a folder of your choice such as /var/www/whonix.


sudo apt install rsync

unencrypted rsync[edit]

Deprecated. Please use either,

  • A) TLS encrypted rsync, or
  • B) rsync over onion as documented below.

encrypted rsync over TLS[edit]

rsync-ssl --dry-run --recursive --delete --times --perms rsync:// ~/whonix

encrypted rsync over onion[edit]


sudo apt install torsocks rsync

rsync over onion from Whonix onion.

torsocks rsync --dry-run --recursive --delete --times --perms "rsync://dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/whonix" ~/whonix

Current Mirrors[edit]

Mirror Speed Test[edit]

03 Mai 2020

  • dotsrc 103 MB/s in in 16s [acting as primary mirror since]

21 April 2020

  • 44 MB/s in 39s
  • dotsrc 138 MB/s in in 12s

October 2022

  • dotsrc: Download speed 7-10 MByte/s (normal for that 50-100 Mbit connection). Took about 3 - 4.5 minutes.

Forum discussion:


  1. [stale, reported] (DNS round robin) 1000/350 Mb/s 1000/350 Mb/s IPv4 only no FTP supports rsync
    • rsync://
    • gopher://

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