Hosting a site on the dark web can be a complex task, and it can seem daunting to the inexperienced user. In this tutorial, we will be discussing the steps needed to host a static site on the dark web using Tor Hidden Services. We will be discussing the installation and configuration of nginx, the role of nginx, and how to access the site using the Tor Browser. By the end of this tutorial, you will have your own website hosted on the dark web.

What is the Dark Web?

The dark web is a section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines, and is accessible only through specialized software such as the Tor Browser. It is an anonymous network, often used by criminals to carry out illegal activities. It is also used by individuals and organizations to protect their privacy and anonymity.

Installing & Configuring nginx

Nginx is a web server software that is used for serving HTML files and assets. It is the key component in hosting a website on the dark web. To install and configure nginx, you will need to log in to your server using the “tor” user. Once you log in, you can run the following command to install nginx:

  • apt update
  • apt install nginx

Once nginx is installed, you will need to configure it. You can do this by editing the configuration file located in /etc/nginx/sites-available/default. You will need to edit the server block to add the lines below:

  • server {
    listen 80;
    server_name yourdomain.onion;
    location / {
    root /path/to/website;

Where “yourdomain.onion” is the domain name of your website, and “/path/to/website” is the path to the website’s files. Once you’ve saved the file, you can start nginx with the command:

  • service nginx start

Accessing the Site

To access the website, you will need to use the Tor Browser. First, download the Tor Browser from Once you have it downloaded, you can open it and enter the domain name of your site in the address bar. You will then see your website on the dark web.


In this tutorial, we have discussed how to host a website on the dark web using Tor Hidden Services. We have discussed the installation and configuration of nginx, and how to access the website using the Tor Browser. With this information, you should now be able to host your own website on the dark web.

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Is it a violation of the law to operate a website on the dark web?

Using the dark web may appear to be dubious, yet it is completely lawful. There are numerous genuine applications for Tor and anonymous surfing.

What activities are allowed on the dark web by law?

Use a VPN. …
Browse the Internet Anonymously. …
Securely Store Data. …
Encrypt Files and Messages.

Is there a web address for the dark web?

Dark web websites have a different ending than .com or .co – they use .onion which is a type of top-level domain suffix used for anonymous hidden services, accessible through a web browser that has a proxy. However, regular browsers cannot access these sites.

What is the method of hosting Tor sites?

The public key is sent to the Tor network and is placed into a database with the public keys of other sites. People looking to access your website utilize that public key to build a connection. Your local Tor service uses the private key to decrypt the data that is sent.