Tor Relay Nodes visualised

This is how the world Tor Relay Nodes look in real time

Ever wondered how Tor and its relay nodes work. Here is a chance to visualise it exactly as the data on Tor relay nodes travels throughout the world.

This is how the world Tor Relay Nodes look in real time

Remember these are just relay nodes. It is view of the hops within the TOR network on a given day. Nearly all of the relay nodes are in Europe. Exit nodes would connect to anywhere in the world, which are not shown.

For the uninitiated a little bit of Tor. Tor is a browser for surfing the dark web or the web which is not seen with normal browsers like Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox etc.  Tor helps you to protect your anonymity while using the Internet. Tor is comprised of two parts: software you can download that allows you to use the Internet anonymously, and the volunteer network of computers that makes it possible for that software to work.

When you use the Tor software, your IP address remains hidden and it appears that your connection is coming from the IP address of a Tor exit relay, which can be anywhere in the world. There are many reasons you might use Tor, including keeping websites from tracking you and your family members, using websites or services which are blocked in your country (for example, getting around the Great Firewall of China), and maintaining anonymity when communicating about socially sensitive information, such as health issues or whistleblowing.

The Tor software depends on the Tor network, which is made up of Tor relays operated by individuals and organizations all over the world. The more Tor relays we have running, the faster, more robust, and more secure the Tor network will be.

You can see the visualisation of the entire Torflow relay nodes here. For codes and developers who are interested to see what went into making of this visualisation, visit the Uncharted Software’s GitHub page here.

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  1. I am an illiterate when looking to this but if an ISP gives me access to the internet my IP will be hidden when using TOR ,if authorities track back the fack Ip does it not come to the source, (my ISP) that in turn will find out who was the Customer that made the connection to the web?

    • No because when a user connects to tor their source IP is hidden in that the data they communicate through tor is encrypted at several layers and passed around before it hits the exit node so that the operator of the exit node will have no way to know who the source of the traffic is before it is passed off to the rest of the normal internet. In this case nothing you do within the tor network is able to be tracked to any source of origin, however anything you do after exiting the exit node is traceable back to the source origin of the exit node (the operator of) — that’s how it works in a nutshell, if you want to learn more check out their website


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