SelekTOR 3, Tor Exit Node Selection Made Simple
SelekTOR is a Java based GUI frontend for the Tor Client.
Advantages To Using SelekTOR :
1) Greatly simplifies the usage and configuration of Tor in client mode, SelekTOR does most of the hard stuff for you.
2) You can quickly select Tor exit nodes by country.
3) SelekTOR can continuously monitor and maintain a connection to the exit node with the best response time, with as little downtime as possible.
4) As well as proxying all traffic through the active Tor node, SelekTOR can also do selective routing of traffic through the active tor node based on URL patterns which makes it useful for bypassing geoblocks.
See here for a guide on how to watch geoblocked British TV from any country as an example of one of its uses.
SelekTOR 3.xx Features.
- Support for Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, without the need for add-ons.
- Now supports non-unique (Un-named) nodes giving a greater selection of nodes that previously available with SelekTOR 2
- Nodes are now filtered to ensure that they support HTTP on port 80, and thus ensuring greater reliability when used with web browsers.
- Whois and Atlas Node details (pretty graphs) available with a single mouse click..
- Needs very little configuration, the installation defaults will work for most people out of the box.
- Currently runs on Windows XP/7 most Linux desktops XFCE, LXDE, Gnome 2, Gnome 3 Shell, KDE4, Unity.
- Works with DockbarX on Linux.
- Windows version comes bundled with the latest Tor client so you do not have to do a separate Tor install.
- Built in proxy pattern editor, Import and Export pattern files as a single zip file.
- Requires Oracle Java 7 for Windows or OpenJRE/OpenJDK 7 supplied with your Linux distro, please ensure this is installed before installing SelekTOR.
- Linux version requires the Tor package to be installed this should be supplied with your distro.
Pattern files for SelekTOR are now handled by SelekTOR itself just go into the preferences panel and ensure “Auto Install Latest Patterns” is checked and SelekTOR will install them automatically when restarted.
Caveats & Postcodes:
The latest patterns for the BBC are for the non-beta Iplayer website.
Some sites such as ITV & STV may ask you to enter a UK postcode, the following postcodes can be used:
SE1 0LH for ITV.
AB24 5LS for STV.
SelekTOR Windows Instructions :
1) Install and run the browser of your choice Firefox, Chrome or Opera.
2) Ensure that Firefox, Chrome or Opera are configured to use the operating system settings for proxying they normally are by default.
For Firefox from the Edit menu select Preferences>Advanced>Network>Settings and ensure Use system proxy settings is checked.
For Chrome and Opera goto the Windows Control Panel>Internet Options>Connections>LAN Settings and ensure everything is unchecked.
3) Ensure latest Java (JRE) runtime is installed.
4) If you previously had SelekTOR 2 installed then make sure SelekTOR 2 is not running then uninstall it. (VERY IMPORTANT)
5) Install and run SelekTOR, once SelekTOR is fully running and you can see a list of nodes, it will take over the running of your system proxy settings which your browser will use.
SelekTOR Linux Instructions :
SelekTOR for Linux requires that your Linux distro has Tor 0.2.3.20 or better installed.
Supported Linux Distros: Linux Mint(All flavours), PCLinuxOS, Debian,Ubuntu
Known Linux Issues:
Cinnamon desktop: Disable the tray icon in SelekTOR preferences to get rid of “Java embedded frame” showing up on the taskbar, this is a Cinnamon issue.
Mageia with KDE4: Use Chromium instead of Firefox.
LXDE & XFCE: Use Firefox instead of Chromium as Chromium lacks proper proxying support on those desktops.
1) Install and run the browser of your choice Firefox or Chrome.
2) Ensure that Firefox or Chrome are configured to use the operating system settings for proxying.
To do this in Firefox, from the menu bar go to Edit >> Preferences >> Advanced and click the Settings button on the Network Tab, Use system proxy settings should be selected.
To do this in Chrome/Chromium, from the spanner go to Options >> Under the Hood >> Network >> Change Proxy Settings >> Connections >> LAN Settings and ensure that all the options are unchecked.
If you are using Chromium on KDE then leave the proxy settings as they are as SelekTOR will modify them as necessary.
3) Ensure latest Java (JRE) runtime is installed (VERY IMPORTANT)
4) Ensure the latest stable version of the TOR client is installed on your distro, If your distro does not come with TOR in its software repository then as a last resort it can be obtained here.
Once Tor is installed you should disable the Tor service in whatever your distro uses to modify boot/system Services.
Also ensure that Vidalia is not installed.
5) If you previously had SelekTOR 2 installed then make sure SelekTOR 2 is not running then uninstall it. (VERY IMPORTANT)
6) Extract the tarball and enter the folder you extracted it to and follow the instructions in the Readme file.
End of Service Release of SelekTOR 2.16 :
These downloads are for licensed users of the SelekTOR 2 series and removes its reliance on remote services provided by Dazzleships which are to be turned off in 1 month time.
Existing SelekTOR 2 users should upgrade to this version otherwise you may encounter problems once the remote services are turned off.