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This article is about the software. For the Sonic character, see Orbot and Cubot. For series, see The Mighty Orbots.
Coloured, SVG version of the Orbot logo
Developer(s) The Tor Project
Initial release 1 October 2008 (2008-10-01)
Stable release 15.1.2 (February 24, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-02-24)[1]) [±]
Preview release 15.1.3 beta 1 (March 9, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-03-09)[2]) [±]
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Android[3]
Size 5.2 MB
License 3-clause BSD license
Website www.guardianproject.info/apps/orbot

Orbot is a free software project to provide anonymity on the Internet for users of the Android operating system. It acts as an instance of the Tor network on such devices and allows traffic routing from a device's web browser, e-mail client, map program, etc., through the Tor network, providing anonymity for the user.[3]

This tool is used to keep the communications of users anonymized and hidden from governments and third parties that might be monitoring their internet traffic.[4]


  1. Nathan Freitas (2016-02-24). "Orbot v15.1.2 released". guardian-dev (Mailing list). The Guardian Project. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  2. Nathan Freitas (2016-03-09). "Orbot v15.1.3 beta 1". guardian-dev (Mailing list). The Guardian Project. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shakeel, Irfan (April 2011). "Orbot: Tor- Anonymous On Android". eHacking.net. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  4. Farivar, Cyrus (15 February 2012). "From encryption to darknets: As governments snoop, activists fight back". Ars Technica. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 

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