Namecoin Resolution with Tor
Namecoin can be used for name resolution with Tor. Several guides are available for setting this up, depending on your choice of software.
- ncprop279 with StemNS (Use this if you’re not sure)
- ncprop279 with TorNS
- dns-prop279 with StemNS
- dns-prop279 with TorNS
Want to decide for yourself? Read on:
Should I use ncprop279 or dns-prop279?
Average users are probably better off with ncprop279.
dns-prop279 is more flexible, since it can access
.bit domains that delegate to nameservers or otherwise require a recursive resolver. However, that flexibility can be a footgun since recursive resolvers will typically cause proxy leaks. dns-prop279 also requires a DNS server (e.g. ncdns or Unbound), whereas ncprop279 operates without a DNS server. ncprop279 is substantially smaller in binary size than dns-prop279 combined with ncdns.
Should I use StemNS or TorNS?
Average users are probably better off with StemNS.
TorNS uses the
txtorcon library, while StemNS uses the
stem is a substantially smaller download. StemNS focuses on security, while TorNS focuses on facilitating experimentation/development.