This guide will help you set up a standalone Snowflake proxy using Docker to help censored users connect to the Tor network. We have a Docker image to ease the setup of a Snowflake proxy.

1. Install Docker

The instructions in this step are for Debian-based systems, but you can find Docker instructions for other supported platforms.

Open a terminal and run these commands:

$ sudo apt install curl
$ curl -fsSL -o
$ sudo sh

2. Download the docker compose file

Download the docker-compose.yml configuration file. Run the command to download it:

$ wget

Then, deploy the proxy by running:

docker compose up -d snowflake-proxy

This command starts the Snowflake proxy in detached mode. You should now see the output:

Creating snowflake-proxy ... done

and your proxy is up and running!

3. Checking your Docker logs

To access your Snowflake proxy logs, first find the container ID number. Run the command:

$ docker ps

Your Snowflake container ID is on the same line of thetorproject/snowflake-proxy:latest. Replace the container ID below with yours and run the command:

$ docker logs -f 42fb82372340

4. Automatic updates with Watchtower

The docker-compose.yml file contains a watchtower container, configured to automatically check for updates to the snowflake docker container every day, download them and run them. If you would like to use it, run the following command:

$ docker compose up -d

Now your snowflake proxy will stay updated automatically!

Otherwise, you will need to periodically pull the latest container and restart it manually.