There are two options to create your AROI:

  • The dns-rsa proof type makes use of DNS TXT record(s).
  • The uri-rsa proof type makes use of a text file served over HTTPS.

You can choose one option. If you do not own a DNS domain the second option is for you.

Make sure to keep your proof up to date when adding more relays.

You should be able to see your graph showing your set of relays on OrNetStats a day after creating your AROI.

DNS TXT records option


  • the domain must be DNSSEC signed

If your domain is not DNSSEC signed, use the uri-rsa proof type instead.

Setup steps

  • For every relay create a DNS TXT record following this scheme: value: "we-run-this-tor-relay"

    The RSA SHA1 relay fingerprint is exactly 40 characters long and can be found in the file named “fingerprint” located in the tor data directory on your relay.

  • For every bridge create a DNS TXT record following this scheme: value:  "we-run-this-tor-bridge"

    The hashed bridge fingerprint is the SHA1 hash of the bridge fingerprint.

  • make sure your torrc ContactInfo line contains at least the following content on all your relays/bridges: proof:dns-rsa ciissversion:2

    Replace “” with your own domain. It is fine to have other content in your torrc ContactInfo line as well.

Text File served over HTTPS option


  • you must be able to create a text file under the well-known URI: /.well-known/tor-relay/rsa-fingerprint.txt
  • the URI must allow robots to fetch it without requiring CAPTCHAs
  • the webserver certificate must be valid and from a trusted certificate authority
  • the URI must not redirect to another domain

Setup Steps proof:uri-rsa ciissversion:2 

Replace “” with the correct domain that provides your rsa-fingerprint.txt file.

It is fine to have other content in your torrc ContactInfo line as well.

If you do not own a domain and webserver you can use 3rd party services like GitHub Pages to publish the text file.

Example by an operator: (repo)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q: How does an AROI look like?

    • An AROI is represented in the form of an FQDN.
    • Examples:
  • Q: What are the main benefits of creating an AROI for my relays?

    • You get a daily updated graph for your group of relays on OrNetStats that allows you to see how your relays are doing.
    • Example by another operator: graph
    • Impersonation Detection: By creating an AROI we and you can easily detect misconfigurations or malicious entities that claim to be you by using your relay’s ContactInfo because they will fail the AROI verification step.
  • Q: Do I need a (DNSSEC-signed) domain to setup my AROI?

    • No, a (DNSSEC-signed) domain is optional. You can serve a text file via HTTPS instead, but if you want to use the DNS TXT records option, your domain must be DNSSEC-signed.
  • Q: Do I need to run a webserver to create my AROI?

    • No, running a webserver is optional. You can serve the text file via public services like GitHub Pages or create DNS TXT records instead.
  • Q: How can I verify whether I did setup my AROI correctly?

    • After setting up your AROI (torrc ContactInfo + rsa-fingerprint.txt or DNS TXT records) wait for a day.
    • Then open this OrNetStats page and search for your ContactInfo (ctrl-f), click on your entry and ensure every line shows the black checkbox in the second column. If it does not, either you have an error in your AROI setup or someone is trying to impersonate you. Verify the IP address of the given relay missing the checkbox in the second column is yours. If you need further help feel free to reach out to me.


The most common AROI verification error root cause: The operator uses Cloudflare and Cloudflare blocks the automated download of the text file. This can be solved by configuring Cloudflare to allow these automated fetches.