The Dark Web isn’t a place for everyone but it’s worth exploring some parts of it. For those who may be a little faint of heart and yet have stuck with us in our Dark Web Tourist Guide, we have listed down more than 100 updated Tor websites for you on this page.
Note that a new Tor client is expected to be released on October 15th 2021. Websites on the Dark Web are transitioning from v2 to v3 Onion (full details on the why is further down in this article). The .onion links in this article, however, have all been updated the v3 so you will be able to use them even when the changes take effect.
Caution: Before You Visit That Dark Web Website…
It is important you understand that things on the Dark Web can be highly illegal or immoral. No matter what precautions you take, being able to stay truly anonymous is highly unlikely.
Be sure to take the appropriate precautions. Subscribe to a VPN service and make use of their secure servers, use a private browser, and make sure you have a disposable email address handy in case you need one.
The Safe Dark Web Links List – Best for “Tourists” Tor Sites
1. The Hidden Wiki
This is a fantastic site to visit if you’re really new to the Dark Web. Much like the real Wikipedia, The Hidden Wiki offers tons of information and links you can jump through to really get to know the Dark Web. It is one of the stalwarts among .onions and doubtless will remain so for many years to come.
Dread is like the Reddit of Dark Web. You have a way to sign up for things (anonymous email) and also pay for them (anonymous Bitcoin) – but do you know who and where to buy from? Where can you check out the latest gossip in town? Dread has the answer.
3. The Hidden Wallet
Knowing that there are tons of things you can buy here, you’ll probably know you have to pay for it as well. This site is sort of like a digital wallet and allows you to transact in Bitcoins. The big difference though is that most digital wallet sites are not anonymous and many even have to comply with financial regulations as well. The Hidden Wallet is… well, hidden.
It’s really strange that the world’s largest social media platform would have a .onion address, but there you are, Facebook it is. This part of Facebook was supposedly developed by them to cater to those who want a social network that’s anonymous. I’m not quite sure how ‘anonymous’ and ‘social’ work together, but the .onion Facebook claims not to keep logs of user activity.
* Note: Facebook over Tor has moved to a new onion address in 2021. The old address “www.facebookcorewwwi.onion” no longer works.
MEGAtor is a free and anonymous file-sharing on the Dark Web. Users can share all types content and download them at maximum speed of their connection for free.
6. Onion Wallet
Bitcoins payment is hard to track but it’s not 100% anonymous. The technology only provides pseudonymity, which means as long as no one knows your Bitcoin addresses, you are anonymous. OnionWallet helps you break that chain – the Dark Web service mixes all Bitcoin and makes it impossible to track on the Bitcoin Blockchain.
7. Beneath VT
Beneath VT is a Dark Website about steam tunneling in Virginia Tech.
Just as Google has its competitors so does DuckDuckGO. TORCH is a very simple and minimalistic search engine you can try out if you ever get sick of the friendly duck.
Note: Torch has migrated moved to version 3 onion address – the old xmh57jrzrnw6insl.onion is no longer working.
HayStak is a Dark Web search engine started by a group of privacy campaigners who believe the internet should be free from state surveillance. To date Haystak has indexed 1.5 billion pages over 260,000 .onion websites.
10. Tor Hacker Services
Ever wanted to hack the heck out of someone who pissed you off but have no idea how? Check out Tor Hacker Services today. This group of “freelancers” sells serious hacking services – if you’re willing to pay the price.
For those who believe in independent journalism, the Dark Web has a rather unique publication of sorts. ProPublica is place for those who dare to challenge abuse of power, corruption, and the sort. They are completely non-profit and have a dedicated onion URL you can access using the Tor browser.
If you’re looking for a no-frills email service provider that is exactly the opposite of Gmail, Elude is there for you. It’s free and doesn’t bombard you with ads and does not track you with Google Analytics or the like.
You’ll get an email address for free. No personal information is required to create your email account and all email accounts are encrypted and stored in their hidden servers.
13. Safe Escrow
If you’re looking for a safe way to trade on the Internet, have no fear, there are also options for you. Much like the way a lawyer can hold funds in escrow, so can Escrow Service. It even deals in Bitcoin so that everything remains anonymous.
Trade to your heart’s content and all they ask is a modest 1.5% transaction fee. They will make sure you can inspect the shipped items before releasing your funds and offer third party dispute resolution in case the deal sours.
14. Wasabi Wallet
Wasabi Wallet is yet another BitCoin wallet that is available for multiple platforms. It also has a .onion URL for those who truly seek the ultimate in anonymity. It treats privacy seriously, so even if you are not using that URL, all their network traffic is run through Tor by default.
Everyone needs some space on the web sometimes and SecureDrop is exactly that. However, it’s a little more transitionary, since it was designed to allow whistleblowers a way to submit stuff to media companies anonymously.
Interestingly, this site is now owned and operated by Freedom of the Press Foundation. All data is encrypted and there are no third-party connections anywhere in the process. It’s really completely anonymous!
Last but not least – DuckDuckGo – the go-to search engine when you are on the Tor network. DuckDuckGo does not track its users and serves non-personalized search results. Based on the company’s study, approximately 60 million people use DuckDuckGo to search online (as of June 2020).
Dark Web Sites in the Wild (The Not-so-safe Onion Links List)
Now that we’ve gone over the touristy stuff, let’s get to some of the more exciting ones. These are the ones that may be a little naughtier in nature. By that, we don’t mean a spank on the butt, but you may end up with some jail time.
As a reminder, WHSR is not affiliated with any sites on this list nor do we encourage or condone illegal activities of any nature.
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How to Find Websites on the Dark Web?
Although we’ve listed DuckDuckGo as a search engine of choice that’s only true so far as privacy is concerned. Most regular search engines including Google don’t index .onion websites.
Dark Web Search Engines
To search on the Dark Web, you need a specialized search engine. Some of the known Dark Web Search Engines include:
Search results from these engines usually vary significantly as they tend to crawl the Dark Web differently and apply different filters to search results. Ahmia, for instance, removes child abuse content and other blacklisted services from their search results. Also, some Dark Web Search Engines come with more advanced options like Boolean or multilingual search.
Dark Web Directories
Another option to find Dark Web sites is by using a website listing service such as The Onion Wiki. This directory is a good place for Dark Web tourists to start since it can give you an idea of what might be lying around.
However, not all URLs listed will be working (we have no idea how often these directories are updated) and they often contain links to both legal and (very) illegal Dark Web sites.
How Safe is it to “Play” in the Dark Web?
It sounds exotic and there is that thrill of the unknown and unexplored, but much like the deep blue sea, many dangers are hidden. As the average run of-the-mill Joe (or Jill, as the case may be), how safe is it to explore the Dark Web?
Although there are truly exotic things on the Dark Web that you would not normally see, along with even some of the more mundane albeit in anonymous form (for you), the Dark Web isn’t a great place to stumble about blindly.
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There are very bad things and people around that you culd stumble into with potentially dire consequences for you. This applies not only to bad guys, but there is also a very real chance of problems with law enforcement, depending on what you do.
In case you’re not convinced, here are some examples of what goes on in the Dark Web and the consequences.
Earlier this year, a couple in the US was charged for selling drugs under the Dark Web vendor handle of MH4Life on various trade sites. They were using the Dark Web to sell Fentanyl, a type of opioid which is frequently abused as a recreational drug as well as other illicit substances. The pair were arrested despite using cryptocurrency, virtual private networks and proxies as well as other elaborate distraction techniques.
Guns, Gold and Cash
More than 35 people in New York and California were arrested by a combined-agency task force for selling contraband on the Dark Web. Among items seized were more than 100 guns, $3.6 million in cash and 2,000 Bitcoins.
Kidnapping & Sex Trafficking
A Polish man was planning to sell a kidnapped British model on the Dark Web. When plans went awry, he was arrested in Italy where his victim claimed that he boasted of earning more than $17 million selling kidnapped women on the Dark Web.
Important Update: Onion v3 is Coming
Soon, .onion website URLs will be changing due to a shift towards the v3 protocol. That means many of the existing websites will no longer be accessible unless you know the new v3 .onion address.
There are various reasons for the change, including better code and improved security.
To see if the URL you’re trying to access is v2 or v3, the most telling sign is the length of the URL. v3 .onion addresses are 56 characters in length. The older v2 URLs are only 16 characters in length.
Getting to know new v3 .Onion URLs is very important as Tor client updates in October 2021 will render all v2 addresses obsolete.
The Dark Web can be a place of real freedom and may sound like “fun” for some. For example – You can openly discuss anything political, no matter how left or right wing, without fear of prosecution from your local authorities.
Unfortunately, that’s intermixed with a lot of, well, not so nice things.
Enjoy the freedom – but always remember, if caught, you will be charged for whatever illegal activities you have partaken in on the Dark Web.
FAQ – More About the Dark Web & .Onion Sites
You can find anything on the dark Web from that which is perfectly legal to dubious or downright illegal/immoral. Examples of these are official company websites (ExpressVPN), forums with few restrictions (4chan), or black markets (Darknet market) that sell anything under the sun.
Anything that’s illegal or immoral is typically sold on the Dark Web. This includes guns, recreational drugs, illegal services (assassinations, hacking, etc.), stolen goods, cracked software, hacked credentials (passwords, credit card numbers, etc.), and even tools for use in cybercrime.
To increase your safety on dark websites always access them when using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service and ensure that you have Internet Security applications active. Aside from this, never divulge or provide websites or individuals encountered with personal information of any kind, including your email address.
The term “Dark Web” was officially coined on 20th March 2000. It came with the introduction of the Freenet decentralized network system invented by Ian Clarke. The intention aimed at offering access to a network that was more difficult for official sources to spy or intrude upon.
Silk Road, the Dark Web marketplace, was first shut down in October 2013 with the arrest of founder Ross Ulbricht. By November 2013 it was restarted as Silk Road 2.0 by administrators of the former site. By November 2014, Silk Road 2.0 was also shut down following yet another string of arrests.
No, .onion websites are not always illegal. They are simply domain names used by sites on the Dark Web. Some legal organizations have .onion versions of official websites, including Facebook and ExpressVPN. It is the content or services offered by some websites with the .onion domain that makes them illegal.
Tor is not completely secure. While the Tor network helps obfuscate device points of origin, the methodology is not foolproof. It is known to have multiple weaknesses including vulnerability to eavesdropping, traffic analysis attacks, mouse fingerprinting, and more.
No, Tor is not like VPN. While the intent of masking data origin is similar, Tor makes use of a decentralized network of user-operated nodes. VPN services, on the other hand, provides users with networks of privately-run secure servers operating under strict guidelines and standards.
Yes, Tor does slow down your Internet. Because of the number of nodes your data needs to pass through, Tor slows down Internet access considerably. The difference is akin to taking an express bus direct to your destination versus a regular bus which may route a longer distance and requires stops in between.