10 dark web links to visit for the Tor Network experience

If you have ever heard of the “dark web” – networks that exist on the internet but require specific tools to access – you have heard of Tor. It’s named after the acronym of the project that started it – the “The Onion Router.” That’s because the security that makes Tor so anonymous resembles the layers of an onion. So if you’re looking for dark web links, you are looking for Tor websites. And we’re going to hook you up.

What to know before exploring dark web links

Before you start, let’s go through your dark web checklist real quick:

  1. You need a Tor browser. Luckily for you, The Tor Project (they maintain the network’s technological base) has one ready to download.
  2. Be careful. Keep in mind that the anonymity of the Tor network makes it a haven for criminals and hackers. A few things to keep in mind:
  • You have to be careful when entering any dark web link. 
  • Before entering the Tor network, shut down most other programs or apps. 
  • Download and use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for added security. 
  1. Don’t forget there are hidden pages. Surfing Tor isn’t easy. Aside from being isolated from the everyday internet, most of the Tor network isn’t indexed, rendering it invisible to search engines. In essence, the network is populated by hidden websites. 

Yes, search engines exist on Tor, but their reliability is questionable. DataProt, a website dedicated to advising on cybersecurity, has a great looking infographic explaining how Tor works. 

Tor sometimes has websites made exclusively for the network. These usually come as onion links with the “.onion” domain. To find the best dark web links on Tor, you have to use a website list – just like the one below. Here are ten cool dark web links to paste into your Tor browser today!

1. Daniel – the dark web links you’re looking for

http://donionsixbjtiohce24abfgsffo2l4tk
26qx464zylumgejukfq2vead.onion/onions.php
 

daniel

The Hidden Wiki is usually presented as your one-stop-shop for dark web links. That’s not the case. Many of the links present in The Hidden Wiki are of dubious (if not criminal) nature. Many more don’t work. As far as resources go, it’s somewhat useless. Which is why we recommend Daniel.

Daniel’s website lists 7,000 .onion addresses. They are separated into several categories to make browsing easier. Moreover, Daniel’s site has an in-built test functionality. This means you can have the website check if any given Tor website is online. The list shows the last time a website was checked and whether it was online. This makes Daniel’s website an excellent first step in exploring Tor.

2. ProPublica – investigative journalism, now on Tor

https://www.propub3r6espa33w.onion 

pro publica

ProPublica is an investigative journalism outfit. Their 2016 reporting on sexual abuse won the Pulitzer Prize that year. ProPublica is accessible on the “clearnet” – that is, the regular internet you’re using right now. Yet it also maintains a Tor website. Accessing it via a Tor browser gives you a layer of anonymity and security, as well as allows you to bypass country blocks. 

As a bonus, ProPublica is one of the most polished web experiences you’ll have on the dark web. It’s also not the only one to have a dark web link: you can also use Tor to read The New York Times and other news sites or use their SecureDrop integration for whistleblowing purposes.

3. Ahmia – for those who want a Tor search engine 

http://msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion 

ahmia

I still maintain that going into Tor without having dark web links already in your hand is a fool’s errand. But some people insist on search engines, and several Tor engines do exist. I’m going to recommend Ahmia

While it’s hard to tell which engine works the best, Ahmia presents itself as a hidden service search engine, and that’s what it does. It also works to remove child abuse content from their search results, which is both the morally right thing to do and a good service for those who want to trawl the dark web.

4. DuckDuckGo – search the clearnet securely and without tracking

https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion 

duck duck go

Google collects a lot of your information. Its search results tend to be biased. DuckDuckGo, however, was built on the idea of not collecting user data. The results that this search engine shows you are always neutral. It’s similar to the Surfshark Search feature offered by Surfshark. 

You’re most likely to find DuckDuckGo useful outside of the dark web. Indeed, it doesn’t search for Tor websites. This is a bit of a bummer since the popular Tor search engines are all ugly and uncomfortable to use. DuckDuckGo has a presentation similar to Google. And unlike the Tor search engines, it won’t lead you to quite so many illegal websites after a simple search.

5. Riseup – tools for activists and organizers

http://nzh3fv6jc6jskki3.onion

rise up

Riseup provides email and chat services that keep no records of your activity. It is also protected from malicious attacks. It also has no intention of cooperating with any government – unlike, say, Google. 

Riseup supports the causes of “human liberation, the ethical treatment of animals, and ecological sustainability.” That’s why Riseup also provides organizational tools, mailing lists, and more. 

However, knowing the dark web link isn’t enough – you need an invitation code to create a Riseup account. But you can still browse the security section! It has excellent tips on how to add a dash of information security to your daily life.

6. Hidden Answers – ask what you want in anonymity

http://answerszuvs3gg2l64e6hmnryudl5zg
rmwm3vh65hzszdghblddvfiqd.onion
 

hidden answers

Hidden Answers is one of those dark web links that keep making their way onto these lists. The reason for that is simple. Hidden Answers is the dark web version of Quora, Yahoo Answers, and Reddit. 

Once you access the site, you’ll soon notice that the questions on Hidden Answers touch upon a variety of topics. When people have the ultimate anonymity the internet can offer, they still ask where your nickname comes from – or would you have your head cryo-frozen after death.

7. Tor Metrics – explore the statistics of the dark web

http://rougmnvswfsmd4dq.onion 

tor metrics

The dark web is a curious subject: it’s not that easy to use, and it seems to be popular among shady people. But what if we put all that activity into numbers?

Tor Metrics is the website that measures who and where uses the network. Surprisingly enough, about 20% of daily users come from Russia. The US is in second place, with around 18% of the share. 

Aside from revealing just how widely not-used Tor is (data suggests barely more than 1.5 million daily users), you can also see the scope of the network. Metrics record slightly more than 60,000 unique .onion addresses.

We already established that many of the dark web links you find on link aggregators are offline. Thus, it paints a picture of the tiny world of Tor websites.

8. ZeroBin – the secure way to share your pastes

http://zerobinqmdqd236y.onion 

zero bin

Just like clearnet, Tor has its utility websites. ZeroBin is one of them. If you use the Tor network regularly, you will want a way to share stuff with your dark web friends. ZeroBin allows you to do that with complete safety and privacy. 

One of its selling points is that even ZeroBin servers don’t know what you pasted. The data encryption takes place on your browser before it goes to the server. Options for sharing include password protection. And, of course, the pastes will be deleted sometime later.

9a. Imperial Library – the fun dark web library

http://xfmro77i3lixucja.onion 

imperial library

Tor website lists like to harp about Sci-Hub. They miss two vital points: it’s down (at the time of writing), and a clearnet version exists – you don’t need Tor to use it.

Sci-Hub is mostly useful for academic types who know the PMID, DOI, or URLs of papers they want to access. At the same time, websites like the Imperial Library of Trantor store stuff that’s interesting to the broader public. 

Imperial Library is a public depository of scanned books. As a bonus, it’s administered by a guy with a Riseup email address. To date, nearly four hundred thousand books have been uploaded.

9b. Comic Book Library – reading comics but on the dark web

http://r6rfy5zlifbsiiym.onion  

comic book library

Interested in comic books instead? There’s also the Comic Book Library, with entries dating back to the 1930s. Of course, like any such effort, the scans are of dubious legality.

10. Tunnels – explore the literal university underground

http://62gs2n5ydnyffzfy.onion 

http://74ypjqjwf6oejmax.onion  

tunnels

And for the end, a slice of something completely different. Some of the more famous Tor websites are about exploring the tunnels in American universities.

Infrastructure like that is both dangerous and illegal to access. That’s why urban explorers hosted their blogs on Tor. It also helps that said universities are heavily tech-related. 

IIT Underground – focused on Illinois Tech – is the smaller of the blogs. Beneath VT – that’s Virginia Tech – is more prominent. It provides more details on the tunnels as well as the dangers associated with them.

The websites are a step above the usual Tor website design, too. They still look like something from the early aughts, though.

The threats lurking in the dark web

The dark web is the Wild West of the internet – exciting to explore but can also be dangerous. Here are some threats you might run into:

  • Scams. Since most of the websites are non-indexed and unregulated, the probability of running into scams is much greater. This is especially true if you’re trying to purchase anything illegal or questionable. Why? Because “Excuse me, officer, but the drugs I ordered on the dark web were never delivered to me” is a poor alibi. 

And even if you’re getting something that’s not illegal, there’s no reason for a vendor to ever remain in the dark web. In short, it’s bad for traffic and sales.

  • Malicious software. Keyloggers, ransomware, phishing malware, and other types of malicious software are more common on the dark web. This happens because there are fewer rules for website quality. They often come with poor encryption standards (http) and get universally marked as suspicious by normal browsers. Simply visiting a website like that could get you into trouble with malware.
  • Government monitoring. Sadly, the same goes for many Tor-based websites. Anything illegal or deemed potentially harmful by your local government is usually closely monitored. Simply visiting such a website could get you into trouble with authorities.

That’s why, even if you use The Onion Router, it’s a good idea to use Tor over a VPN.

Beef up your internet privacy even more

So if you want to experience the dark web, these Tor websites are a good starting point. But you should be aware of the security dangers involved in using the Tor network.

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