Network Requesters

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Preliminary steps

Make sure you do the preparation listed in the preliminary steps page before setting up your network requester.

Network Requester Whitelist

If you have access to a server, you can run the network requester, which allows Nym users to send outbound requests from their local machine through the mixnet to a server, which then makes the request on their behalf, shielding them (and their metadata) from clearnet, untrusted and unknown infrastructure, such as email or message client servers.

By default the network requester is not an open proxy (although it can be used as one). It uses a file called allowed.list (located in ~/.nym/service-providers/network-requester/<NETWORK-REQUESTER-ID>/) as a whitelist for outbound requests.

Any request to a URL which is not on this list will be blocked.

On startup, if this file is not present, the requester will grab the default whitelist from Nym’s default list automatically.

This default whitelist is useful for knowing that the majority of Network requesters are able to support certain apps ‘out of the box’.

Operators of a network requester are of course free to edit this file and add the URLs of services they wish to support to it! You can find instructions below on adding your own URLs or IPs to this list.

The domains and IPs on the default whitelist can be broken down by application as follows:

# Keybase

# Used to for uptime healthcheck (see the section on testing your requester below for more)

# Blockstream Green Bitcoin Wallet

# Electrum Bitcoin Wallet

# Helios Ethereum Client

# Telegram - these IPs have been copied from as Telegram does
# not seem to route by domain as the other apps on this list do

# nym matrix server

# generic matrix server backends

# monero desktop - mainnet

# monero desktop - stagenet

# alephium

Network Requester Directory

You can find a list of Network requesters running the default whitelist in the explorer. This list comprises of the NRs running as infrastructure for NymConnect.

We are currently working on a smart-contract based solution more in line with how Mix nodes and Gateways announce themselves to the network.

Viewing command help

To begin, move to /target/release directory from which you run the node commands:

cd target/release

The ./nym-network-requester --help command can be used to show a list of available parameters.

Console output

Usage: nym-network-requester [OPTIONS] <COMMAND>

  init               Initialize a network-requester. Do this first!
  run                Run the network requester with the provided configuration and optionally
                         override parameters
  sign               Sign to prove ownership of this network requester
  build-info         Show build information of this binary
  completions        Generate shell completions
  generate-fig-spec  Generate Fig specification
  help               Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)

  -c, --config-env-file <CONFIG_ENV_FILE>  Path pointing to an env file that configures the client
      --no-banner                          Flag used for disabling the printed banner in tty
  -h, --help                               Print help
  -V, --version                            Print version

You can check the required parameters for available commands by running:

./nym-network-requester <COMMAND> --help

Adding --no-banner startup flag will prevent Nym banner being printed even if run in tty environment.

Initializing and running your network requester

The network-requester needs to be initialized before it can be run. This is required for the embedded nym-client to connect successfully to the mixnet. We want to specify an <ID> using the --id command and give it a value of your choice. The following command will achieve that:

 ./nym-network-requester init --id <YOUR_ID>

In the following we used example.

Console output

Version: 1.1.29
ID: example
Identity key: Gv9SvghEpAqZQGkacybW17GTvSyXFfoRVjbmJEbmFn7e
Encryption: AGpyu1c3M6sEBeUmfHLRz2o8A88w2dtRKZ45VD4ts1xS
Gateway ID: EmksoVk8Q7RZZH8atvZspDShD7Ekq6vDPnjK4LCQ7DUv
Gateway: ws://
Address of this network-requester: Gv9SvghEpAqZQGkacybW17GTvSyXFfoRVjbmJEbmFn7e.AGpyu1c3M6sEBeUmfHLRz2o8A88w2dtRKZ45VD4ts1xS@EmksoVk8Q7RZZH8atvZspDShD7Ekq6vDPnjK4LCQ7DUv

Now that we have initialized our network-requester, we can start it with the following command:

 ./nym-network-requester run --id <YOUR_ID>


For network requester upgrade (including an upgrade from <v1.1.9 to >= v1.1.10), firewall setup, port configuration, API endpoints, VPS suggestions, automation and more, see the maintenance page.

Upgrading to >= v1.1.10 from <v1.1.9

In the previous version of the network-requester, users were required to run a nym-client along side it to function. As of v1.1.10, the network-requester now has a nym client embedded into the binary, so it can run standalone.

If you are running an existing network requester registered with nym-connect, upgrading requires you move your old keys over to the new network requester configuration. We suggest following these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth transition.

Initiate the new network requester:

nym-network-requester init --id mynetworkrequester

Copy the old keys from your client to the network-requester configuration that was created above:

cp -vr ~/.nym/clients/myoldclient/data/* ~/.nym/service-providers/network-requester/mynetworkrequester/data

Edit the gateway configuration to match what you used on your client. Specifically, edit the configuration file at:


Ensure that the fields gateway_id, gateway_owner, gateway_listener in the new config match those in the old client config at:


Automating your network requester with systemd

Stop the running process with CTRL-C, and create a service file for the requester as we did with our client instance previously at /etc/systemd/system/nym-network-requester.service:

Description=Nym Network Requester 

User=nym # replace this with whatever user you wish
# remember to add the `--enable-statistics` flag if running as part of a service grant and check the path to your nym-network-requester binary
ExecStart=/home/nym/nym-network-requester run --id <your_id>


Now enable and start your requester:

systemctl enable nym-network-requester.service
systemctl start nym-network-requester.service

# you can always check your requester has succesfully started with:
systemctl status nym-network-requester.service

VPS Setup

Configure your firewall

Although your requester is now ready to receive traffic, your server may not be - the following commands will allow you to set up a properly configured firewall using ufw:

# check if you have ufw installed
ufw version
# if it is not installed, install with
sudo apt install ufw -y
# enable ufw
sudo ufw enable
# check the status of the firewall
sudo ufw status

Finally open your requester’s ssh port to incoming administration connections:

sudo ufw allow 22/tcp
# check the status of the firewall
sudo ufw status

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Using your network requester

The next thing to do is use your requester, share its address with friends (or whoever you want to help privacy-enhance their app traffic). Is this safe to do? If it was an open proxy, this would be unsafe, because any Nym user could make network requests to any system on the internet.

To make things a bit less stressful for administrators, the Network Requester drops all incoming requests by default. In order for it to make requests, you need to add specific domains to the allowed.list file at $HOME/.nym/service-providers/network-requester/allowed.list.

Global vs local allow lists

Your Network Requester will check for a domain against 2 lists before allowing traffic through for a particular domain or IP.

  • The first list is the default list on the server. Your Requester will not check against this list every time, but instead will keep a record of accepted domains in memory.

  • The second is the local allowed.list file.

Supporting custom domains with your network requester

It is easy to add new domains and services to your network requester - simply find out which endpoints (both URLs and raw IP addresses are supported) you need to whitelist, and then add these endpoints to your allowed.list.

In order to keep things more organised, you can now use comments in the allow.list like the example at the top of this page.

How to go about this? Have a look in your nym-network-requester config directory:

ls -lt $HOME/.nym/service-providers/network-requester/*/data | grep "list"

# returns: allowed.list  unknown.list

We already know that allowed.list is what lets requests go through. All unknown requests are logged to unknown.list. If you want to try using a new client type, just start the new application, point it at your local socks client (configured to use your remote nym-network-requester), and keep copying URLs from unknown.list into allowed.list (it may take multiple tries until you get all of them, depending on the complexity of the application). Make sure to restart your network requester!

If you are adding custom domains, please note that whilst they may appear in the logs of your network-requester as something like, you only need to include the main domain name, in this instance

Running an open proxy

If you really want to run an open proxy, perhaps for testing purposes for your own use or among a small group of trusted friends, it is possible to do so. You can disable network checks by passing the flag --open-proxy flag when you run it. If you run in this configuration, you do so at your own risk.

Testing your network requester

  1. Make sure is in your allowed.list (remember to restart your network requester).

  2. Ensure that your network-requester is initialized and running.

  3. In another terminal window, run the following:

curl -x socks5h://localhost:1080

This command should return the following:

{ "status": "ok" }


Requester port reference

All network-requester-specific port configuration can be found in $HOME/.nym/service-providers/network-requester/<YOUR_ID>/config/config.toml. If you do edit any port configs, remember to restart your client and requester processes.

Last change: 2023-09-19, commit: 8aa8f07c