Installing Tor on Maemo

If you have a Maemo device that is not the N900, we suggest you install the Tor package from the Maemo website. The Tor Project does not produce these packages. They are maintained by the Maemo community.

Installing Tor on the N900

The following instructions should help install an experimental Tor controller and Tor as packaged for the N900 Nokia telephone. This is currently an untested configuration. The browser in this configuration does not have Torbutton and it should not be used for high security anonymity needs at this time.

Open the Application manager:
N900 application menu

Click on the Application manager menu at the top of the screen:
N900 application manager

Select 'Application catalogs':
N900 application catalogs

Press 'New' to enable the maemo extras-devel repository.
Note: This repository contains untested packages that might harm your device.
See Extras-devel for details. You should probably disable extras-devel after installing Tor, or proceed at your own risk.

N900 catalog list

Enter the following information into the catalog addition screen:

    Catalog name:    Extras devel
    Web address:
    Distribution:        fremantle
    Components:    free non-free

Make sure 'Disabled' is unchecked, hit 'Save', and wait for the package list to update.
N900 new catalog

Press 'Download' in the App manager:
N900 app manager

Select the Network category (or search for Tor):
N900 application categories

Scroll down and select 'Tor Status Area Applet':
N900 application list

Agree to the disclaimer and press 'Continue':
N900 disclaimer

When the install is done, disable the extras-devel repository, and reboot the device:
N900 success

After rebooting the N900, open the status menu:
N900 status menu post-reboot

Select 'The Onion Router' from the list:
N900 status menu selection

Enable onion routing, and press 'Save':
N900 enabling Tor

Visit TorCheck to confirm that you are routing browser traffic through Tor:
N900 check Tor

Note that this might not always give you the latest stable Tor version. Additionally, the N900 web browser does not have Torbutton. This means that while it may be useful for circumvention, it probably is unsuitable for strong web browser anonymity requirements.

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