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Coloured, SVG version of the Orbot logo
Developer(s)The Tor Project
Initial release1 October 2008 (2008-10-01)
Stable release
16.4.1-RC-2-tor. / 29 April 2021 (2021-04-29)
Preview release16.5.0-ALPHA-2-tor. (3 June 2021; 5 months ago (2021-06-03)[1]) [±]
Written inJava
Operating systemAndroid[2]
SizeVaries with device
License3-clause BSD license

Orbot is a free software Proxy server project to provide anonymity on the Internet for users of the Android operating system. It acts as an instance of the Tor network on such devices and allows traffic routing from a device's web browser, email client, map program, etc., through the Tor network, providing anonymity for the user.[2]

This tool is used to keep the communications of users anonymized and hidden from governments and third parties that might be monitoring their internet traffic.[3]


In 2014 Orbot was discussed in detail in an article on "reporting securely from an Android device".[4]

In July 2021, Tech Radar named Orbot one of 8 "Best privacy apps for Android in 2021" but warned of slower speeds.[5]

In July 2021 Android Authority discussed Tor Browser and Orbot in brief reviews of "15 best Android browsers".[6]


  1. ^ The Tor Project (29 October 2016). "Orbot: Proxy with Tor". Google Play. Google. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  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. ^ "Advice for reporting securely from an Android device". Réseau international des journalistes (in French). Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  5. ^ Drake, Nate (28 July 2021). "Best privacy apps for Android in 2021". TechRadar. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  6. ^ "15 best Android browsers for surfing whatever website you want". Android Authority. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.

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