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Onion Browser

By Mike Tigas

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Onion Browser is a Tor-powered web browser that helps you access the internet with more privacy.

Featured in: The New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Boing Boing, Lifehacker, Macworld, & others.


• Internet access tunneled over the Tor network:
- Websites do not see your real IP address.
- ISPs and insecure wireless networks cannot see your browsing.
- Access .onion websites: anonymous "hidden service" sites only accessible through Tor.
- Can access websites, even behind some types of internet filters and censors. (See DISCLAIMERS below.)

• Fight online tracking: use a new IP address and clear your cookies/history/cache in one button.

• Block third party cookies or all cookies.

• Disable scripts and multimedia content that can be used to track you.

Web browsing is much slower than through a normal web browser due to relaying through the Tor anonymization network.

Multimedia can bypass Tor and compromise your privacy; video files and video streams are not supported and are blocked by default.

Onion Browser does not function in China, Iran, and other locations that actively block Tor with "deep packet inspection" technology. Internet providers who use such filtering/censorship technology may also prevent Onion Browser from working. If you find that the app does not work, visit the Help/Support page to see what you can do.

Onion Browser is open-source software and relies on other projects including The Tor Project and OpenSSL. Use of Onion Browser is at your own risk; sensitive data does not always belong on a mobile device. More information is always available at

What's New in Version 1.5.12

Allow pasting in the text blob to set bridges, like the Tor Browser launcher.

Allow scanning QR code from to set bridges.

On first run, allow user to configure bridges before trying to connect to Tor.

Tor updated to

OpenSSL updated to 1.0.2a.

Redesigned "Connecting..." prompt when opening the app.


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Customer Reviews

Top of the Tor heap

I've been using Onion Browser for 2+ years, and I can say that it's truly the BEST implementation of Tor on the iPhone, from a security standpoint. It's stable, it works (I'm looking at you, reviewer who claimed it didn't), the features that leak the most information and stray data are turned off (video and audio streaming, among other things), and Mr. Togas promptly updates OB when new versions of Tor are released.

What some are seeing are most likely the messages that indicate that a Tor site has been taken down by it's owner. These are not an indication of the browser not working, these are dead sites.

Great Browser

This is the only TOR client I would trust in my iPhone since it is open source, peer reviewed and been through 3rd party security audits. The reviewers that say this app doesn't work are doing something wrong (I suggest you try bridging) because I have no problem with this app, and you can even run it on top of a trustworthy VPN service to add an additional layer of security if so desired

Needs updating!!!

Been a big fan but core needs to be updated to latest version. Major update promised in March has not materialized.

This is the only TBB though that's been through a security audit with a 3rd party firm. All the others are not as secure as you think.

By nature Tor browser is slow. If it doesn't work, chances are your ISP or network are blocking Tor. Not the browsers fault! Same thing would happen with any other available on the App Store

Onion Browser
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.12
  • Size: 6.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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