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This article is about the software. For the Sonic character, see Orbot and Cubot.
Orbot logo
Developer(s) The Tor Project[1]
Initial release 1 October 2008 (2008-10-01)
Stable release Android, (September 15, 2014; 6 days ago (2014-09-15)) [±]
Written in Java
Operating system Android[2]
Size 5.2 MB
License BSD
Website www.guardianproject.info/apps/orbot

Orbot is an open source client for the Tor network on Android mobile devices. The client allows traffic routing from a device's web browser, e-mail client, map program, etc., through the Tor network, providing anonymity for the user.[2]

This tool is being used to keep communications on smartphones secure from the governments that may be monitoring their communications, e.g. by political dissidents around the world.[3]


The application has been downloaded more than a million times with an average user rating of 4.2/5.[4]


  1. ^ "Orbot: Tor on Android". AppBrain. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Shakeel, Irfan (April 2011). "Orbot: Tor- Anonymous On Android". eHacking.net. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Farivar, Cyrus (15 February 2012). "From encryption to darknets: As governments snoop, activists fight back". Ars Technica. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Orbot: Proxy with Tor". Google Play. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 

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