If you didn’t know, people can send you messages using socat and the Tor network, all communication is encrypted by Tor, no DNS lookups are performed and it’s impossible to identify who is sending you the messages (or who is receiving them, for what matters).
You only need Tor and socat installed.
On Linux add the lines below to your
HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/hidden-chat/ HiddenServicePort 21334 127.0.0.1:21334
On macOS you can use the path where Homebrew is installed and the torrc file is in
/opt/homebrew/etc (create if it does not exist):
HiddenServiceDir /opt/homebrew/var/tor-hidden-chat/ HiddenServicePort 21334 127.0.0.1:21334
Basically you create a Tor hidden service on port
21334 (you can use any port you like, change
21334 to any free port on your system, from all the lines below).
Get the hostname of your hidden service (Linux):
$ cat /var/lib/tor/hidden-chat/hostname lacaw4vgpjceovek7r4kl4vhnnkmfhqnfehgnqow2adl2qhcpe2fasqd.onion
$ cat /opt/homebrew/var/tor-hidden-chat/hostname lacaw4vgpjceovek7r4kl4vhnnkmfhqnfehgnqow2adl2qhcpe2fasqd.onion
And you can give the hidden service hostname to the person you want to communicate with.
On the machine that runs the Tor hidden service setup a socat listener on port
$ socat TCP4-LISTEN:21334,bind=127.0.0.1,reuseaddr READLINE
Now people can send you messages using socat (and readline) to your Tor hidden address:
$ socat READLINE SOCKS4A:127.0.0.1:lacaw4vgpjceovek7r4kl4vhnnkmfhqnfehgnqow2adl2qhcpe2fasqd.onion:21334,socksport=9050
On systems where readline is not available to socat (gah, Debian), people can use stdio to send messages:
$ socat - SOCKS4A:127.0.0.1:lacaw4vgpjceovek7r4kl4vhnnkmfhqnfehgnqow2adl2qhcpe2fasqd.onion:21334,socksport=9050
Anything that is typed in the first console will get sent to the other one (and vice versa).