The Best Dark Web Websites You Won’t Find on Google
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You’ve heard of it before: the mysterious dark web. You’re probably equally curious and apprehensive about the whole thing.

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But what is the dark web? And more importantly, what cool dark web sites are out there?

Here’s our list of the best dark web websites to visit. Make sure you leave your suggestions in the comments at the end.

Dark Web vs. Deep Web

Well, the deep web refers to anything on the internet that can’t be found using a search engine. That includes emails in your Gmail account, direct messages on social networks, and even your Facebook photos that you marked as private.

The dark web is a sub-section of the deep web. It is responsible for the deep web’s bad reputation. There are black markets selling drugs and other substances, grisly images, and even new identities for sale. Indeed, there are lots of reasons to avoid the dark web entirely 6 Reasons You Should Avoid the Dark Web 6 Reasons You Should Avoid the Dark Web Thinking about visiting the dark web, the sinister underbelly of the internet? Here are reasons why you should avoid the dark web. Read More .

Yet, at the same time, the dark web is well worth exploring. Amidst the chaos, you’ll find some great websites.

(Note: We’ve explained what is the dark web What Is the Dark Web? What Is the Dark Web? What is the dark web? Is it as scary as it sounds? Let's find out with this eas to understand explainer. Read More in more detail if you want to learn more.)

Use a VPN to Access the Dark Web

We strongly recommend shielding yourself with a VPN before you access the dark web. The notion that the Tor browser provides failsafe anonymity is false; you need to protect yourself.

Don’t know which VPN is best for you? There are plenty of options out there, both free and paid, but our 1# ranked VPN is ExpressVPN, which comes with Tor support and three free months.

1. The Hidden Wiki

hidden wiki home page

Onion URL: http://zqktlwi4fecvo6ri.onion/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

To visit a .onion site, you’ll have to both know it exists and know its URL. There are a few ways to find active .onion sites How to Find Active .Onion Dark Web Sites (And Why You Might Want To) How to Find Active .Onion Dark Web Sites (And Why You Might Want To) The Dark Web, in part, consists of .onion sites, hosted on the Tor network. How do you find them and where to go? Follow me... Read More . One of them is using a directory of sites, like The Hidden Wiki.

Some of the sites are perfectly legit—such as domain services and email providers. Some—like whistleblowing—may face government censorship in your country. Others cross the divide into illegality. Make sure you’re smart about which dark web links you click on.

2. Facebook

Onion URL: https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/

You can access Facebook via the dark web by using the official Facebook .onion mirror.

Doing so has two primary benefits. Firstly, you can create and use an account anonymously. You can use Facebook’s services without exposing yourself to the company’s privacy-eroding tentacles.

Secondly, if Facebook is blocked in your location, you can use the dark web Facebook mirror to circumvent the censorship.

3. SoylentNews

soylent news home page

Onion URL: http://7rmath4ro2of2a42.onion/

It doesn’t matter where you sit on the political spectrum; almost everyone can agree that the mainstream media is barely fit for purpose.

One solution is to use an open source, community-driven news aggregator such as SoylentNews. Users can submit stories from around the world, and there’s also public discussion forums and an automatic comment moderation system.

4. ProPublica

Onion URL: https://www.propub3r6espa33w.onion/

ProPublica was one of the first major news outlets to launch a dark web version of its site back in 2016.

ProPublica is a non-profit news organization that aims to “expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism.”

One of its journalists, Hannah Dreier, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her coverage of gangs in Los Angeles. It was ProPublica’s fifth Pulitzer Prize.

5. DuckDuckGo

duckduckgo home page

Onion URL: https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/

DuckDuckGo is one of the leading private internet search engines on the open web. It doesn’t track your browsing history, location, or any other data.

There’s also a dark web version of the search engine. It’s a great dark web search engine The 12 Best Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web The 12 Best Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web Google or Bing can't search for everything. To explore the invisible web, you need to use these special search engines. Read More which it affords users an extra layer of protection and anonymity.

6. Galaxy3

Onion URL: http://galaxy3m2mn5iqtn.onion/

If you don’t want to trust the dark web version of Facebook, you could try an entirely dark web-based social network.

One that’s worth checking out is Galaxy3. Obviously, you’re not going to find many of your real-life buddies on there, but you will find experts in computer code, people looking for adult meets, and plenty of other “interesting” characters.

7. Hidden Answers

hidden answers home page

Onion URL: http://answerszuvs3gg2l64e6hmnryudl5zgrmwm3vh65hzszdghblddvfiqd.onion/

Reddit has dominated the “forum-meets-news” space for more than a decade, but a string of controversies, an influx of new users, and ongoing censorship accusations have seen the site lose of charm in recent years.

Hidden Answers is akin to a dark web version of Reddit; we think it’s one of the best dark web sites. Users seek advice, post stories, and discuss a wide range of topics. Unlike Reddit, Hidden Answers offers users complete anonymity.

8. Mail2Tor

Onion URL: http://mail2tor2zyjdctd.onion/

Email is one of the least secure communication systems; the email providers have access to the contents of your inbox. For evidence, look no further the way Google automatically adds travel information, meetings, and other diary entries onto your calendar.

Mail2Tor is an alternative email provider. It lets anyone send and receive email anonymously via webmail or with an email client.

All messages are encrypted, and the company does not log your IP address.

9. OnionDomain

oniondomain home page

Onion URL: http://onionname3jpufot.onion/

If you want to host your own .onion website, you will need a domain name. You can get a non-sensical domain for free, but if you want a vanity URL, you will need to pay.

Because of the way the network operates, you cannot purchase an onion domain from a regular registrar like GoDaddy. Instead, you will have to use a specialist service. OnionDomain is one such service.

10. TorLinks

Onion URL: http://torlinksd6pdnihy.onion/

TorLinks is an alternative site to The Hidden Wiki. It provides a list of dark web sites across endless categories.

Although there is some crossover, the list of sites on TorLinks is broadly different from those on The Hidden Wiki. Given the regularity with which .onions sites go offline and disappear, the more directory sites that you know about, the better.

Learn More About the Dark Web

The 10 dark web websites we’ve listed in this article will not be much use to you unless you know how to access and use the dark web.

To learn more, make sure you read our articles about the best dark web browsers The Best Dark Web Browser for Your Device The Best Dark Web Browser for Your Device Want to access the dark web? You need to use a dark web browser that can take you there and protect your privacy too. Read More and how to access the dark web safely and anonymously How to Access the Dark Web Safely and Anonymously How to Access the Dark Web Safely and Anonymously There are the crucial steps you need to take if you want to know how to access the dark web in a safe and anonymous way. Read More .

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  1. dragonmouth
    July 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    " look no further the way Google automatically adds travel information, meetings, and other diary entries onto your calendar"
    I've been using GMail for quite a long time. Never once has Google made any entries in my Calendar. That is not to say that Google does not read my emails. Being the kind of company it is, I would expect them to.

  2. Anon
    June 8, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Wow, you are douchebag.

  3. Yeah right
    June 7, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Your hidden wiki link does not work

  4. Daniel Brki?
    April 13, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    qgyeg5ftjzmjejjkg5fkxo2nkc7eqqytnaimyt42ul7pu3oxmgoc5tad . onion

  5. Daniel Brki?
    April 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    this should be added to the list qgyeg5ftjzmjejjkg5fkxo2nkc7eqqytnaimyt42ul7pu3oxmgoc5tad.onion

  6. Daniel Brki?
    April 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    this should be added to the list qgyeg5ftjzmjejjkg5fkxo2nkc7eqqytnaimyt42ul7pu3oxmgoc5tad.onion

    • Ed Newbold
      May 6, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Please explain what the site is all about and why I should visit it. Thank you.

  7. benleonard
    February 25, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    My name is leonard, I’m from New Jersey, I want to share my testimony on how I became a real vampire. Yes, I always wanted to become a vampire because it has always been my desire to be one. And I search links and websites, I even took the risk and search on the dark web, that moment in my life was like a dream come true, There I finally get learn more about it as well, and it was all amazing to me that were i saw a comment and say contact mrs maria and I get instant responses, I followed the terms. I gave a try and it really works out for me, today I’m living testimony, Contact via email: [marcusbaur0101@gmail.com] in a space 3 days, I got a vampire blood which was sends to me via courier, give it a try and share your own testimony the way i just did thanks and good luck.

  8. benleonard
    February 25, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    My name is leonard, I’m from New Jersey, I want to share my testimony on how I became a real vampire. Yes, I always wanted to become a vampire because it has always been my desire to be one. And I search links and websites, I even took the risk and search on the dark web, that moment in my life was like a dream come true, There I finally get learn more about it as well, and it was all amazing to me that were i saw a comment and say contact mrs maria and I get instant responses, I followed the terms. I gave a try and it really works out for me, today I’m living testimony, Contact via email: [marcusbaur0101@gmail.com] in a space 3 days, I got a vampire blood which was sends to me via courier, give it a try and share your own testimony the way i just did thanks and good luck.

  9. Stephen Russell
    April 25, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Make DW sites Public, then remove the "secrecy" veneer like dated Swiss numbered bank accounts( big TV plot device from 50s-80s TV shows)

  10. Anon
    April 21, 2018 at 1:06 am

    You can easily find 40% of these sites on Google

    • Totally Plausible Pseudonym
      April 24, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Do you mean that Google crawls two of the five sites listed, our that you can learn the URLs of two of the fives sites?

  11. Brad
    April 20, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    From the article you link to regarding how to stay safe while using Tor:
    “Many people tend to assume that Tor is an end-to-end encryption tool, and it isn’t. Tor is designed to anonymize the origin of your browsing and messages – not their contents. ”

    So I don’t think it’s good to say it’s a safe (encrypted) way to browse the normal web, it provides an anonymous way. People should actual be more careful using Tor with the normal web. Similar to how they should protect themselves on a public WiFi network.

  12. Andrew
    April 20, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Thank you so much for this informative and enlightening article. I learned alot and am ready to take a deep dive. Will follow your secure advice.

  13. T Migeas
    April 20, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Awesome piece, though I wouldn't venture into the dark web without using a VPN.

    • Whale
      July 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      what if you use your school wifi

  14. Mb
    April 20, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Killer storytelling

  15. Mb
    April 20, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Killer storytelling