When we wrote an article about file sharing utilities such as Magic Womhole & transfer.sh most of the users asked is it secure? and where the files are stored.
So, we decided to bring one of the best utility that stores and share files securely over the Internet. When we dig on that, we came to know about OnionShare which fulfill all this requirements.
How can we saying, it falls under this category? Yes, it’s true because most of us know about Tor Browser which allows users to browse securely, privately and anonymously by implementing Onion routing in the application layer. Onion routing is a technique for anonymous communication over a computer network.
OnionShare also developed in the same manner and allows you to use the Tor network to send files anywhere in the world.
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(#) Magic Wormhole – A Simple And Secure Way To Send Files From Linux Command Line
(#) Transfer.sh – Easy And Fast Way to Share Files From The Command-Line
What is OnionShare
OnionShare is an open source tool that allows you to share any size of files securely and anonymously through Tor network. It’s kick start own web server in local computer to store files instead of storing a files in third party file sharing service like Dropbox, etc, then use Tor onion service to make it temporarily accessible over the internet.
It generating an non guessable URL to access and download the files. What you have to do, just share the secret URL to the person who’s going to download, If you’re sending secret files, I would advise you to use Steghide to add one more security. The person who is receiving the files doesn’t need OnionShare and it can be downloaded through Tor Browser.
How to install OnionShare
We can easily install OnionShre to Fedora, Ubuntu based distributions & Arch Linux based distributions rest of the users needs to build from source.
Debian/Ubuntu, use APT-GET Command or APT Command to install onionshare.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:micahflee/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install onionshare
Fedora, use DNF Command to install onionshare.
$ sudo dnf install onionshare
Arch Linux based systems, use Yaourt Command or Packer Command to install onionshare from AUR repository.
$ yaourt -S onionshare or $ packer -S onionshare
If your distribution doesn’t offer OnionShre package, then you have to build from source.
How to use OnionShare
Launch OnionShare from application menu, you can see the output similar to below screen shot.
When you launch the OnionShare by default it will establish the connection with Tor Network.
Just drag and drop files and folders you wish to share with your friends or you can add a file by clicking an
Once you have added the files, hit
Start Sharing button. Allow a moment to generate an Onionshare unguessable URL.
Once the Onionshare is ready, you will get an URL similar to mine with
Send this URL to your friend through email or Facebook or WhatsApp, etc. Make sure you have added additional security when you’re sending secret files.
Just paste the URL into Tor Browser and hit enter, then it will show you the download link with
.zip format and contents of zip file which including file size on pretty plain page. Click the link and download your .zip.
When the download page appears, it will automatically disable sharing then the URL will no longer be available.
How to use OnionShare in CLI
It’s pretty straight forward when you use in CLI. Just type
onionshare /path/to/file rest it will take care.
$ onionshare /home/magi/Downloads/display-color-man-pages-in-linux.png Onionshare 1.1 | https://onionshare.org/ Connecting to the Tor network: 100% - Done Configuring onion service on port 17606. Starting ephemeral Tor onion service and awaiting publication Preparing files to share. * Running on http://127.0.0.1:17606/ (Press CTRL+C to quit) Give this URL to the person you're sending the file to: http://l3xaasqaadfttwwa.onion/reappear-whimsical Press Ctrl-C to stop server 127.0.0.1 - - [10/Oct/2017 06:14:11] "GET /reappear-whimsical HTTP/1.1" 200 - 127.0.0.1 - - [10/Oct/2017 06:14:12] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 200 - 127.0.0.1 - - [10/Oct/2017 06:14:13] "GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1" 200 - 127.0.0.1 - - [10/Oct/2017 06:14:33] "GET /reappear-whimsical/download HTTP/1.1" 200 - 39.5 KiB, 100.00% Closing automatically because download finished
Open the link in Tor browser to download.
Navigate to help page to know more options.
$ onionshare -h Onionshare 1.1 | https://onionshare.org/ usage: onionshare [-h] [--local-only] [--stay-open] [--stealth] [--debug] filename [filename ...] positional arguments: filename List of files or folders to share optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --local-only Do not attempt to use tor: for development only --stay-open Keep onion service running after download has finished --stealth Create stealth onion service (advanced) --debug Log application errors to stdout, and log web errors to disk
If you are looking for self hosted file sharing then try OwnCloud or NextCloud.
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(#) NextCloud Installation and Configuration
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