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ZeroNet - Decentralized websites


Won't work in Whonix 13. You need to wait for Whonix 14.

Connecting to Tor before ZeroNet[edit]

User -> Tor -> ZeroNet -> Internet

Since there is no package of ZeroNet in Debian yet, you have to manually install it. [1] [2]

Get ZeroNet's signing key. [3]

gpg --recv-keys "960F FF2D 6C14 5AA6 13E8 491B 5B63 BAE6 CB96 13AE"

Update your package lists.

sudo apt-get update

Install dependencies.

sudo apt-get install python-msgpack git

Get ZeroNet.

git clone https://github.com/HelloZeroNet/ZeroNet.git

Get into ZeroNet folder.

cd ZeroNet

Check ZeroNet signature.

git log --show-signature

Start ZeroNet. - Does not work yet! [4]

./zeronet.py --tor always --ui_ip ip-of-eth0

To reconfigure Tor Browser so you can access the local web interface, apply the following six steps.

TODO: Currently broken with 7.0a1. https://forums.whonix.org/t/new-version-of-tbb-no-longer-accepts-foxyproxy-plugin/2565/32

Step One: Terminate Tor Browser if it is currently running.

Step Two: Disable the add-on signature check. [5] [6]


echo 'pref("xpinstall.signatures.required", false);' > /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Browser/profile.default/preferences/50_addons_unsigned_allow.js

Step Three: Install FoxyProxy.


sudo apt-get install xul-ext-foxyproxy-standard

Step Four: To access the proxy/local WebUI of the desired application, the FoxyProxy add-on and its configuration must be made available to Tor Browser.


ln -s /usr/share/xul-ext/foxyproxy-standard/ /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Browser/profile.default/extensions/foxyproxy@eric.h.jung

Step Five: Make the tbb-foxyproxy config file available to Tor Browser. [7] [8]


cp /usr/share/usability-misc/tbb-foxyproxy/foxyproxy.xml /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Browser/profile.default/

Step Six: Restart Tor Browser.

For steps on how to reverse this Tor Browser configuration and restore the default Tor Browser fingerprint, please press expand on the right side.

Step Undo: Restore the default Tor Browser configuration.


rm /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Browser/profile.default/extensions/foxyproxy@eric.h.jung

rm /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Browser/profile.default/preferences/50_addons_unsigned_allow.js

Then restart Tor Browser.

Note: Tor Browser will soon ship with sandboxing on an opt-in basis. Unfortunately the initial sandbox versions are incompatible with such configurations and must not be enabled.[9]

Start Tor Browser.

If you are using Qubes-Whonix:

Qubes Start Menu -> Whonix-Workstation AppVM (commonly called anon-whonix) -> Tor Browser

If you are using a Non-Qubes-Whonix:

Start Menu -> Tor Browser

If you are using a terminal (Konsole):


Go to the ZeroNet web interface. Paste into Tor Browser's url field and press enter.

Done. You can now use ZeroNet.


  1. https://github.com/HelloZeroNet/ZeroNet/issues/241
  2. http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=850474
  3. https://github.com/HelloZeroNet/ZeroNet/issues/759
  4. You won't be able to use the following specialized Tor mode, you won't be able to use --tor always in Whonix 13. It is because a newer version of control-port-filter-python will be required which will be available when Whonix 14 gets released.
  5. This action doesn't lower security too much, unless you install add-ons from unsafe sources. Disabling the signature check is required because Tor Browser is based on a newer version of Firefox, while the add-ons in Debian are "unsigned". This step is safe because add-ons are signed and verified when apt-get downloads them, but they do not have the signature that Firefox's code is expecting (a Firefox signature wouldn't make them any safer).
  6. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-on-signing-in-firefox?as=u&utm_source=inproduct
  7. https://github.com/Whonix/usability-misc
  8. https://github.com/Whonix/usability-misc/blob/master/usr/share/usability-misc/tbb-foxyproxy/foxyproxy.xml
  9. https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-dev/2016-December/011733.html

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