Tor Messenger
Tor Messenger
0.5.0b1

4.8

Tor Messenger free download for Mac

Tor Messenger

0.5.0b1
30 April 2018

Secure, cross-platform chat over Tor (beta).

Overview

As of March 2018, Tor Messenger is no longer maintained. Please see the ​announcement on the blog for more information

Tor Messenger--based on Instantbird, an instant messaging client developed in the Mozilla community--is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Twitter, Yahoo, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically; and has an easy-to-use graphical user interface localized into multiple languages.

Tor Messenger builds on the networks you are familiar with, so that you can continue communicating in a way your contacts are willing and able to do. This has traditionally been in a client-server model, meaning that your metadata (specifically the relationships between contacts) can be logged by the server. However, your route to the server will be hidden because you are communicating over Tor. We are also excited about systems like Ricochet, which try to solve this problem, and would encourage you to look at their designs and use them too.

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What's new in Tor Messenger

Version 0.5.0b1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

All Platforms:
  • Use the tor-browser-52.3.0esr-7.0-1-build1 tag on tor-browser
  • Use the THUNDERBIRD_52_3_0_RELEASE tag on comm-esr52
  • Update tor-browser to 7.0.5
  • Update tor-launcher to 0.2.12.3
  • Trac 22005: Move to ESR 52
  • Trac 16606: Temporary XMPP accounts
  • Trac 13855: Use known onions for XMPP servers
Mac:
  • Trac 20316: Update OS X toolchain
  • Trac 10942: Deterministic builds for Instantbird

8 Tor Messenger Reviews

Rate this app:

JuggleStupidity
02 November 2015

Most helpful

Great to see TorProject tapping into the space of messaging clients. It's 2015 and we really need a usable and reliable solution.

Since this is still in beta I filed a report but I ran into rather big trouble when I tried adding IRC servers. XMPP accounts works fine though.

Off-topic note: I might stop recommending and using MacUpdate to others. The face that non SSL traffic is the norm on this site, poses a serious security threat to users. Man in the middle attacks are very easy! I absolutely do not understand why this is the case and MU admin staff is ignorant about this. Shame on you!
Like (5)
Version 1.5
cig0
27 May 2018
For a really secure communications (hell, even with secure file storage and git repositories!) give Keybase.io a try ;)
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Version 0.5.0b1
RRRob
16 April 2018
Tor Messenger is being sunset, i.e., the Tor Project has discontinued development and support. See https://blog.torproject.org/sunsetting-tor-messenger
Like (2)
Version 0.5.0b1
sektor1992
21 February 2018
Great
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Version 0.5.0b1
Great software with room for improvement. Listing claims 0.3.0b1 but actually it is 0.3.0b2: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/TorMessenger#Downloads
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Version 0.3.0b1
Sanjinko
25 July 2016
You might wanna update the version info, it's 0.1.0b6, dated April 6, 2016: https://blog.torproject.org/category/tags/tor-messenger
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Version 1.5
adtlr
15 July 2016
I appreciate the security of the app. It is good to know my messages are read by the people whom I write only. I am familiar with the Tor technology and I like the Tor-based messenger. UI is user-friendly and intuitive, great application.
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Version 1.5
SmurfTurf
11 March 2016
0.1.0b5 is out: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-messenger-010b5-released Including the important OTR security fix. So update as soon as possible! MacUpdate: still a risk. Do not use this site for downloads. They do not enforce SSL usage so this site is a big security risk for it's users.
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Version 1.5
JuggleStupidity
02 November 2015
Great to see TorProject tapping into the space of messaging clients. It's 2015 and we really need a usable and reliable solution.

Since this is still in beta I filed a report but I ran into rather big trouble when I tried adding IRC servers. XMPP accounts works fine though.

Off-topic note: I might stop recommending and using MacUpdate to others. The face that non SSL traffic is the norm on this site, poses a serious security threat to users. Man in the middle attacks are very easy! I absolutely do not understand why this is the case and MU admin staff is ignorant about this. Shame on you!
Like (5)
Version 1.5
1 answer(s)
neeklamy
neeklamy
01 March 2016
I don’t know when this happened, but MacUpdate has made it possible to browse the site with https. Just add in the errant ‘s’ to any URL and you will be viewing the site over a secure connection.
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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