Chat Centric Services

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Some people and their usual server hangouts can be found in the Contact Directory.

Decentralized (and thus uncensored) chat / messaging can be achieved with Bitmessage and Ricochet IM. These two are stand-alone apps and not centralized and web-based like most of the services listed below. Only Jabber and Torchat in the list below are stand-alone as well. IRC can be run in Torbrowser or with a stand-alone app such as pidgin.

WebChat without JavaScript

WebChat with JavaScript


Use e.g. ChatZilla add-on for the IRC protocol (the Tor Project does not suggest installing browser addons unless you understand the risks), or a standalone client such as HexChat. Tails comes with Pidgin, which will work for IRC as well.

plaintext ports: 6667
plaintext ports: 6667; ssl: 6697
  • Cerapadus - Freedom of speech server / Hacktivism - No CP, rats or other abuse allowed
  • CryptoNet - A censorship free IRC server that values free speech
    plaintext ports: 6667; SSL ports: 6697
  • DeepIRC [ Language: French ]
plaintext ports: 6667
running on; ssl ports: 9999; no plaintext ports
ssl ports: 6697; no plaintext ports
plaintext ports: 6667; ssl: 6697
plaintext ports: 6667; ssl: 9999
plaintext ports: 6667, ssl: 6697
plaintext ports: 6667
plaintext ports: 6667; ssl: 6697
plaintext ports: 6667; SSL ports: 6697
  • Smokey's Grill - General chat IRC. Doesn't allow plotting the abuse of other people.
plaintext ports: 6667


URC is a decentralized chat protocol aimed as a replacement for IRC. Join #overchan for the main channel.


IRC bouncers over Tor. More info about ZNC can be found on their wiki [ Clearnet link! ].


More information can be found at BitlBee's official website [ Clearnet link! ].

XMPP (formerly Jabber)



  • - SILCroad, public server. [discuss/support]
  • - - Keep It Simple and Safe - ditch the web browser, use SILC to communicate securely (using Pidgin with OTR)

TorChat Addresses

Torchat is not very much in use in 2016+.

  • - TorChat InfoServ #2nd, by ACS. [▼ DOWN 2016 ]
  • - TorChat InfoServ #1st, by ACS. [▼ DOWN 2016 ]

Dead Hidden Services

Do not simply remove services that appear to be offline from the above list! Services can go down temporarily, so we keep track of when they do and maintain a list of dead hidden services.

  • In addition to an onion simply being gone (Tor cannot resolve the onion), sites that display 404 (and use a known onion/URL based hosting service) are the only other thing that is considered truly DOWN. Presumably the account is gone.
  1. If a service has been down for a while, tag it with Template:Down using {{Down|YYYY-MM-DD}} (your guess as to when it went down).
  2. If a tagged service on the above list of live hidden services has come back up, remove the DOWN tag.
  3. If a tagged service is still down after a month, please move it (along with the DOWN tag) to the list of dead hidden services.
  • The general idea of the remaining four service states below is that, if the Hidden Service Descriptor is available, and something is responding behind it... the service is considered up, and we track that fact on the Main Page. If any of these subsequently go offline, append the DOWN tag and handle as above.
  1. Hello world's / statements, minimal sites, services with low user activity, etc (while boring)... are listed as usual.
  2. Broken services are those that display 404 (and do not use a known hosting service), PHP or other errors (or they fail silently)... any of which prevent the use of the service as intended. They also include blank pages, empty dirs and neglected status notes. Presumably the operator is in limbo. Broken services are tagged with {{Down|YYYY-MM-DD|reason}} (your guess as to when it went broken)
  3. Services that automatically redirect to another service (such as by HTTP protocol or script), have their redirection destinations noted in their descriptions. These are tagged with {{Down|YYYY-MM-DD|Redir to site}} (your guess as to when it went redir)
  4. Sites that are formally closed via announcement are tagged with {{Down|YYYY-MM-DD|Closed}} (your guess as to when it went closed)


plaintext ports: 6667; ssl:6697
plaintext ports: 6668
running on; ssl ports: 6697; no plaintext ports
running on: (various), ports:: plaintext: 6667 ssl: 6697
plaintext ports: 6667; ssl: 6697
All of these direct to and allow plaintext port 6667 as well as SSL ports 6697, 7000, and 7070.

Below is a list of DEAD irc servers from Anonet:

Last complete Dead Service check was 2017-08-26 by --LinkChecker (talk)
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