TorChat v0.9.9.553

smaragdus on 19 Jun 2017
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Sep 2012
  • Suggested by garbanzo

TorChat is a basic, text-only instant messaging client focused on security and anonymity. It includes availability (away, lunch, etc), optional profile, and avatar. The program requires almost no setup: just share your randomly-generated username (e.g. "bkmworoidjwxz5l") to other TorChat users. These are easily created and discarded to help maintain anonymity.

The program uses the Tor network's hidden services feature to send messages between peers with authentication and encryption based on public key exchange.

Also available for Linux.

NOTE: TorChat has been out of development for some time and connection may require additional steps. Ricochet is an attempted replacement.

Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPL v3
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move files located in bin to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch torchat.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Ricochet, Pidgin (with available encryption plugins)
What's new?
  • Fix (regression) buddy context menu not working.
    [*Windows: Update the bundled tor.exe to current stable version

6 comments on TorChat  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Checker 2015-09-06 10:53

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)


smaragdus 2015-09-06 02:34


bankr 2012-06-19 19:50

TorChat author has moved the project page.

+++ Feb-05, 2012: This project has been moved to github +++
Further development of TorChat will continue at github, effective immediately. I have not yet decided what should happen to this project page and repository here at googlecode, for now I will just leave it as it is and just not update it any longer, I will mark all downloads as deprecated and eventually remove the project page, close the issue tracker and maybe even commit an rm -rf to the svn repository.

May be it is worth to update the links.


webfork 2011-11-12 20:07

-.-: Generally speaking the more people that use tools like this, the less suspicious it becomes. Additionally, if everyone could trust their information to companies like Google and Facebook that run other chat services, tools like this wouldn't be necessary.


-.- 2011-11-12 04:46

sounds interesting to me too... with all the anonymous activity going on though... I'd be a bit suspicious of using this, not because of the privacy issues but because the ISP can still tell you are using this, if police requests info from them on possible people using things like this, could look bad on you :S

but I'd still keep this for us :D like I do with AdvOR :D


Magibon 2011-04-18 23:50


Since running into Operator, i have been conscious about Tor.
Im not an IM user at all, but if and when i need to use it, this will be my main client.


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