27 Nov '15, 5pm

@ioerror Remember how we discussed adding Tor-by-default to Bitcoin Core? It'll be in v0.12! https://t.co/dUzjtyCPRK http…

Starting with Tor version 0.2.7.1 it is possible, through Tor's control socket API, to create and destroy 'ephemeral' hidden services programmatically. https://stem.torproject.org/api/control.html#stem.control.Controller.create_ephemeral_hidden_service This means that if Tor is running (and proper authorization is available), bitcoin automatically creates a hidden service to listen on, without user manual configuration. This will positively affect the number of available .onion nodes. - When the node is started, connect to Tor through control socket - Send `ADD_ONION` command - First time: - Make it create a hidden service key - Save the key in the data directory for later usage - Make it redirect port 8333 to the local port 8333 (or whatever port we're listening on). - Keep control socket connection open for as long node is running. The hidden service will (by default) au...

Full article: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6639

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