1. Install tor OpenBSD's Package

Recent OpenBSD systems, like 6.5/amd64, already have the repository configured on /etc/installurl so we do not need to bother changing it.

If that's not your case, please adjust the installurl configuration file like this:

echo "https://cdn.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD" > /etc/installurl

Proceed with pkg_add to install the package:

pkg_add tor

If you want to install a newer version of the tor OpenBSD's package, you can use M:Tier's binary packages:

ftp https://stable.mtier.org/openup

Right after fetching openup you can run it to sync M:Tier's repository and update your packages; it's an alternative to pkg_add -u.

Here is how you proceed with these steps:


3. Configure /etc/tor/torrc

This is a very simple version of the torrc configuration file in order to run a Middle/Guard relay on the Tor network:

Nickname    myBSDRelay    # Change your relay's nickname to something you like
ContactInfo your@email    # Please write your email address and be aware that it will be published
ORPort      443           # You might want to use/try a different port, should you want to
ExitRelay   0
SocksPort   0
Log notice  syslog
User        _tor

4. Change openfiles-max and maxfiles Tweaks

By default, OpenBSD maintains a rather low limit on the maximum number of open files for a process. For a daemon such as Tor's, that opens a connection to each and every other relay (currently around 7000 relays), these limits should be raised.

Append the following section to /etc/login.conf:


OpenBSD also stores a kernel-level file descriptor limit in the sysctl variable kern.maxfiles.

Increase it from the default of 7030 to 16000:

echo "kern.maxfiles=16000" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
sysctl kern.maxfiles=16000

6. Start tor:

Here we set tor to start during boot and call it for the first time:

rcctl enable tor
rcctl start tor