|Developer(s)||The Tor Project|
|Initial release||1 October 2008|
16.4.1-RC-2-tor.0.4.4.6 / 29 April 2021
|Preview release||16.5.0-ALPHA-2-tor.0.4.5.7 (3 June 2021)|
|Size||Varies with device|
|License||3-clause BSD license|
Orbot is a free software Proxy server project to provide anonymity on the Internet for users of the Android operating system. It acts as an instance of the Tor network on such devices and allows traffic routing from a device's web browser, e-mail client, map program, etc., through the Tor network, providing anonymity for the user.
This tool is used to keep the communications of users anonymized and hidden from governments and third parties that might be monitoring their internet traffic.
In 2014 Orbot was discussed in detail in an article on "reporting securely from an Android device".
In January 2020, Vlad Costea of Bitcoin Magazine recommended Orbot for "great privacy" for HTC Exodus 1s for Bitcoin.
In July 2021, Tech Radar named Orbot one of 8 "Best privacy apps for Android in 2021" but warned of slower speeds.
In July 2021 Android Authority discussed Tor Browser and Orbot in brief reviews of "15 best Android browsers".