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This article is about the software. For the Sonic character, see Orbot and Cubot.
Coloured, SVG version of the Orbot logo
Developer(s) The Tor Project
Initial release 1 October 2008 (2008-10-01)
Stable release 14.1.4 (November 29, 2014; 7 months ago (2014-11-29)[1]) [±]
Preview release 15.0.1 release candidate 3 (July 14, 2015; 18 days ago (2015-07-14)[2]) [±]
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Android[3]
Size 5.2 MB
License 3-clause BSD license
Website www.guardianproject.info/apps/orbot

Orbot is a free software project to provide anonymity on the Internet from a Google Android smartphone. It acts as an instance of the Tor network on such mobile devices and allows traffic routing from a device's web browser, e-mail client, map program, etc., through the Tor network, providing anonymity for the user.[3]

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.[4]


  1. ^ Nathan Freitas (2014-11-29). "Orbot v14.1.4: The Battle for the Background!". guardian-dev (Mailing list) (The Guardian Project). Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  2. ^ Nathan Freitas (2015-07-14). "Orbot v15.0.3-RC-3 is out (with Tor". guardian-dev (Mailing list) (The Guardian Project). Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b Shakeel, Irfan (April 2011). "Orbot: Tor- Anonymous On Android". eHacking.net. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Farivar, Cyrus (15 February 2012). "From encryption to darknets: As governments snoop, activists fight back". Ars Technica. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 

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