Email / Messaging

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Email / Messaging

Free Email Providers

Most popular services in bold

  • Mail2Tor / (clearnet) - Free account. Currently has repeated issues with hosting providers and DDOS attacks, email sometimes does not work because of this. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • / (Clearnet link) - E-mail and XMPP service that provides webmail and IMAP access. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • ProtonMail / (clearnet) - Fully encrypted email hosted in Switzerland offering free accounts and ability to add custom domains and extra features/space for BTC. Requires clearnet HTTPS signup & JavaScript! Must pay or verify via previously existing email or SMS to get an account now! [1]
  • - secMail is a complete mail service that allows you to send and receive mails without violating your privacy. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • TorBox - TOR only secure and private email service. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • CIcada mail / (Clearnet link) - new free clearnet/darknet email service with pop3/imap/smpt, xmpp, online chats, a social based on galaxy2, and more [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • AnonyMail (Clearnet link) - Free accounts with with IMAP access. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • Guerrilla Mail / (clearnet) - Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address. No registration, email accounts lasts 60 mins. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • Mail1Click [ Clearnet link! ] - Free Secure email service hosted in Dubai.
  • - Free accounts [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • OnionMail and [ Clearnet link! ] - Large directory of free OnionMail servers with POP3 and IMAP support. Featuring a clearnet gateway, OnionMail is protected from NSA espionage. No TBB webmail! Use Thunderbird + Torbirdy + Enigmail. Caveat emptor: Sysops do not guarantee retention of mail beyond (usually) 30 days :-( Also their "RULEZ" file is in poor (Italian guy) English (see section [15.0] Short names) which also perhaps makes one wonder whether these people know what they are doing at all. Being open source, OnionMail has great potential and most often is as reliable as some of the free alternatives (Make sure you can test functionality). [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • / (clearnet) - Free, privacy-focused email provider. You need to get an invite code from an existing user. Riseup uses many onions, listed here. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • [ Clearnet link! ] - Free secure, encrypted mail system hosted in Israel. You must email to request a free account. see
  • Scryptmail [ Clearnet link! ] - Free and open source, works with Tor, no sms verification. SCRYPTmail hides all of the technical details and delivers usable and secure email
  • Tutanota [ Clearnet link! ] - Free encrypted mailbox. All basic customer data in Tutanota are encrypted end-to-end.
  • Cicada Mail / (clearnet)- Both clearnet and TOR, a new free and secure and private email service based in Switzerland, with POP3/IMAP/SMTP, XMPP accounts, chats, and more. STILL IN DEVELOPMENT [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]

  • AnonMail [ Clearnet link! ] - Anonymous premium email service similar to Lavabit. [$28] for two years.
  • Lelantos - Paid account (Webmail, SMTP, POP3 and IMAP access). [$20] for lifetime access. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • Anon Inbox - 0.1 BTC / Year for 10GB disk space with IMAP, POP3, SMTP access. and addresses. [▼ DOWN 2017-06-01 ]


Instant Messaging and Bitmessage

  • Tor Messenger - Official Tor messenger from TorProject. Currently in Beta. It is based on Instantbird, and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Twitter, Yahoo, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically [Protected Link]
  • BitMessage E-mail Gateway dark, or via[ Clearnet link! ] - Connects bitmessage and e-mail services. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • - Free jabber server. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • Bitmessage Me [ Clearnet link! ] - Bitmessage web application, that gives ability to send and receive Bitmessages directly from a web browser. Requires Javascript.
  • Ricochet - Anonymous peer-to-peer instant messaging (Torchat alternative)
  • - Free jabber server. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • Confidant Mail - An open-source non-SMTP cryptographic email system optimized for large file attachments. It is a secure and spam-resistant alternative to regular email and online file drop services. It uses GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) for content encryption and authentication, and TLS 1.2 with ephemeral keys for transport encryption. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • CYJABR - CYRUSERV Community Jabber server, redirects to infantile. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]
  • Infantile XMPP - Infantile XMPP Server. [▲ UP 2017-08-26 ]

Chat rooms



Also See Bitmessage channel list

PGP Key Servers

Servers here host OpenPGP keys in a fashion that allows them to be quickly and easily retrieved and used by different client software.

See Also

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)

Dead Hidden Services

See subpage Dead Hidden Services

Scam References

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