Meet Nyx, a Command-Line Tor Relay Monitor
Never let it be said that we don’t give you a choice of ways to interact with Tor data. This month, Damian Johnson, a long-time Tor volunteer, updated a tool that provides real-time information about your relay. Named for the Greek goddess of night, Nyx is a dead-simple tool with data on bandwidth use, connections, logs, and more.
Relay operators can use Nyx to make sure their relay is functioning properly. At a glance, the tool tells them how much bandwidth the relay is using, whether their CPU is constrained, or if something’s wrong and their relay is failing to establish a connection. In keeping with Tor’s commitment to privacy, Nyx scrubs information about user identities and exit connections.
The tool formally known as...
If this all sounds familiar, that’s because this tool used to be called arm. Damian's overhauled the tool, redesigning the tool from the ground up. On his blog, he gives a breakdown of what’s new, including:
- Python 3.x support
- Bandwidth graph now prepopulates when you start up, so you have a graph right away
- Connections are now available without toggling DisableDebuggerAttachment in your torrc
- Support for showing IPv6 connections
Check out the Nyx page to learn more and get the tool.