Harvesting content from the dark web
You can use ETA Harvester to harvest content from .onion domains on the dark web. You must first connect to the Tor network then install a proxy switching extension for Google Chrome/Chromium. You must keep the Tor browser open while you are visiting and harvesting .onion sites using Chrome/Chromium.
- Chrome and Chromium do not offer the same level of anonymity as the Tor browser.
- There are no rule sets for .onion domains in Harvester so you will need to create your own.
To prepare to harvest content from the dark web:
- Download the Tor browser from www.torproject.org and install it.
- Open the bowser and connect to the Tor network.
- Do one of the following:
- If you know the proxy host and port number (usually 127.0.0.1 and 9150), go to step 4.
- If you do not know them, follow the steps below.
Determining the proxy host and port number
Open Google Chrome or Chromium.
To determine the proxy host and port number:
- At the top right of the Tor browser click the menu icon then click Options.
- Click Advanced > Network > Settings.
- Note the SOCKS host and port number.
- Close the Connection Settings window but keep the Tor browser open.
You now need to download and install a proxy switching tool and create a profile for Tor.
Search for a proxy switching tool (for example, Proxy SwitchySharp).
From the Chrome Web Store click Add to Chrome.
Click Add extension.
Enter a name for the profile.
Enter the Tor SOCKS host and port number you noted.
Select SOCKS v5.
You can now use Chrome or Chromium to visit .onion sites and use ETA Harvester to harvest content from them.
Note: Remember to keep the Tor browser open while you are visiting and harvesting these sites.
To switch between the Tor network and your regular network, click the ‘world’ icon at the top right of the Chrome or Chromium browser then select the profile you created for Tor or ‘Direct Connection’ for your regular network.