How To Use An IP From A Specific Country While Running Tor

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Tor can be very useful when it comes to access country-restricted websites. I am going to show how to configure Tor to mask your point of origin as though it is coming from a Tor specific country.

How does Tor work?

Tor uses a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world and picks a random path between you and the destination server/site. The good news is that the exit node (the one that is visible by the destination server) can be specified. Such that you can specify a certain location for your visible IP address.

Tor specific country

How to use Vidalia

For this you can use Vidalia’s configuration. Here is how to do it.

Step 1. Install Vidalia bundle, if you don’t have it yet.
Step 2. Go to this page for a complete list of all available nodes. When selecting your node take a look to: country, speed and node type. You should choose only high-speed exit nodes.

tor_node_us
Step 3. Once you’ve found an exit node from the right country, click on it to go to the node’s details page.

tor_node_us_details

Step 4. Copy the fingerprint, eliminate all spaces and add a $ mark in front. For the above fingerprint we have “$9D4D995AA745A3CAA6276AFAD505D3E4097AA075”.

Step 5. Go to Videlia Control Panel (double-click on Tor icon in the icon tray)

videlia_cp

Step 6. Go Vidalia’s Advanced settings tab and see the path to your Tor Configuration File. This is where we’re going to specify our exit nodes.

videlia_settings

Step 7. Open the configuration file with Notepad and at the top of this file, paste the following two lines, with fingerprint1, fingerprint2 and fingerprint3 substituted by the fingerprint code(s) from Step 4.

ExitNodes fingerprint1, fingerprint2, fingerprint3
StrictExitNodes 1

Step 8. After restart, Tor will try to access one of those servers as an exit node.

You have successfully setup Tor specific country and you can now access Hulu from Europe, BBC iPlayer from outside UK, or play games that weren’t available in your region.

P.S. If TOR does not work for you, then check a VPN service like HideMyAss, HideIpVPN or ibVPN.

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26 comments… add one
  • xatzaras Aug 8, 2009

    well everything described here works fine.vidalia interface says connected to the tor network.

    BUT i’m still having my local home ip when running on my internet explorer browser!!

    any suggestion?

    i can’t use firefox cause get’s complicated with existing installation and don’t want to mess up.

  • HideIP Admin Aug 9, 2009

    @xatzaras – Can you check your IE connection settings? In the LAN Settings windows, Proxy server should be checked (Address: 127.0.0.1, Port: 9051).

  • xatzaras Aug 10, 2009

    actually i made it after reading step 6 here.

    this was missing from configuration.

    only problem remains to find good and fast uk servers not banned from tv catchup and bbc !

  • HideIP Admin Aug 10, 2009

    @xatzaras – Thank you for letting me know. Indeed step 6 from the article you mentioned it is necessary.

  • dfitz1000 Oct 3, 2009

    This didn’t work for me 🙁 I did everything you said and then enabled tor in firefox with the torbutton but my IP address always comes up as a different country to the one I want. Does anyone have any help?

  • Martin Dec 4, 2009

    Originally Posted By xatzaras

    only problem remains to find good and fast uk servers not banned from tv catchup and bbc !

    For anyone finding this How-to. Please remember!

    Using TOR for high volume downloading (i.e TV, Films, illegal BitTorrent copyright infringement circumvention ) will degrade and slow the service for those struggling with government or police censorship. This is the proper use of TOR.

    Although it is understood why many have a dislike of DRM and the Music/Movie industry pressures to curtail downloading of copyrighted material, this is not Political Harassment or silencing of Freedom of Speech. Please consider buying the CD or DVD, or rent it.

    Your actions if they damage or impede TOR’s ability to give people freedom from political censorship, may well result in the detention and torture of those in less fortunate situations, in less rich countries where downloading films and music is the least of their worries.

    Is your latest Hollywood blockbuster or the latest Bands album worth the bad Kama that you will accrue if you abuse TOR?
    If you don’t care or aren’t bothered about those vulnerable citizens in other countries then there is nothing to be done; ‘Thanks for your time’.

    Please to those who can, run a TOR relay and if it is safe for you to do so then make it an ‘Exit Node’

    Thank you, Anonymous

  • Ben Mar 7, 2010

    I’m not sure where I got stuck, but this doesn’t work for me. I paste this:

    ExitNodes (with the fingerprint)
    StrictExitNodes 1

    And I leave the second line as it is, correct? Somehow it doesn’t save into the torrc file when I go back into it. Would be much appreciated if I could get some help, thanks a lot.

  • HideIP Admin Mar 9, 2010

    @Ben – I don’t get how the config is not saved. How did you edit the config? Are you using Notepad? Is the Tor nod you chose working?

  • Ben Mar 11, 2010

    @HideIP Admin – Yes, I used Notepad and made sure to press Ctrl+S multiple times. I’m not sure what you meant by Tor node, I’m a complete idiot when it comes to these things, so I’ll just assume that it’s not working.

  • HideIP Admin Mar 13, 2010

    @Ben – I’m not sure why it does not work for you. Maybe someone else is able to help you.

  • Chris Apr 17, 2010

    @HideIP Admin

    I’m able to do it but it doesn’t keep me in US even though my finger prints are all from US. It’s annoying because the sites I view restrict other countries…

  • Stormy May 14, 2010

    @Ben

    I had the same problem and I found it to be that when you save through the Tor control panel it actually saves a new file called torrc.orignal1. To get it working properly you have to manually go find the file in the /data/tor folder and edit it from there.

  • KevinF Aug 30, 2010

    In ExitNodes, you can also use the ISO3166 country code, enclosed in curly braces, for the country you require, e.g.
    ExitNodes {gb}
    would ensure the exit node is a UK/British node.
    This is obviously a bit more resilient to certain nodes being down.

  • J Sep 3, 2010

    I did this, but Vidalia won’t connect to Tor. The log says ” [Warning] No specified exit routers seem to be running, and StrictExitNodes is set: can’t choose an exit.”

  • dhas Nov 7, 2010

    Same error message Any ideas

  • Artyom Mar 23, 2011

    [Warning] No specified exit routers seem to be running, and StrictExitNodes is set: can’t choose an exit – and was working OK just a coulpe of days ago. The problem is just in Windows, in my Linux Mint everything works fine with the same exit nodes.

  • anil Mar 26, 2011

    cool. this perfectly works. i got what i was actually searching for. thankkkkkks…

  • Artyom Mar 27, 2011

    The solution in respect of the “No specified exit routers seem to be running” for me was the following:

    I have istalled the Vidalia Bundle Unstable, cause I’ve seen information about the missing geoip file in Windows, and changed the manually specified exitnodes to

    ExitNodes {us}

    Now it works well

  • L- Apr 15, 2011

    Hi, for a tutorial like this, it is obvious the big confusion it brings… i dont get the part of the copy paste in the file… and my torrc file is on Data not in Vidalia file… this tutorial must be in video, a Video tutorial would be easier… pls youtube ~ and post the link here

  • L- Apr 15, 2011

    Ok i did all of this tutorial, tor open my firefox and i am from US now… but i wanted Tor for play a online game being a US.. and it doesn’t work. Why??? the game still says my real country… TOR is not working with it.. just firefox >_>

  • this msg was banned Oct 31, 2011

    this tutorial is old, the new torrc file is in data, can someone post a new way to config the new tor bundle to point to a specific exit node..

  • Olivier Dec 16, 2011

    Actually, you’re describing how to chose a specific exit node. In order to chose a country (and then Tor would assign any exit node within that country, add ExitNodes {nl} (for the Netherlands) to the torrc

  • squire Dec 31, 2011

    right fokes this works fine.

    Just tried it there and can connect to canadia, USA, UK where ever a like as said above you can also use the country code.

    Get playing about with it.

  • john Mar 10, 2012

    Ma ajuta cineva? vreau si eu sa imi aleg ip de tara respectiva de exemplu vreau sa ruleze cu ip de UK sa il aleg din lista .. se poate asta?

  • Lujinho Apr 15, 2012

    Hi, i don’t understand the final step, so when i already copy the fingerprint codes i’m going to configuration and i open the file with notepad after i push twice enter and i paste the codes and under that i write ExitNodes StrictExitNodes 1?? Or i have to write Exitnodes followed by the finger print codes and at the end i write StrictExitNodes 1? Between configuration and the exitnodes has to be a free line? sorry is just i don’t understand, it will be better if you put one screen of that to!! thanks anyway! i appreciate it!

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