How to Access the Deep Web


If you’re on this page, you’re here hunting for ways and methods on how to access the Deep web? Aren’t you?

Luckily for you, we’ve dedicated nearly half a decade of our lives and a lot of efforts into making this website a solution to exactly those kind of problems.

Although if you’re asking that particular question, then I presume you haven’t ever accessed the Deep web, so I’ll make this guide as detailed and elaborate as possible covering every nook and cranny that the alleys of the deep web hold.

Here’s a glimpse of what I’ll be covering throughout this on how to access the deep web:

What is the Deep Web?

Trust me, whatever you think you know, probably isn’t right. The “Deep Web” is one of the most misunderstood terms in the history of Internet.

No, deep web isn’t that red-eyed monster which attacks governments and kills people as the media portrays it to be.

It’s a just a part of the internet, that’s not indexed; as simple as that. It’s called the “deep web” because it’s not discoverable on the surface-web.

So in other words, “the part of the internet which isn’t indexed by conventional search engines (Google / Yahoo/ Bing etc) is called the Deep web.”  (And it’s legal, check out last section of this guide for further explanation!)

Also note that, the internet used by most people comprises of only 5-10% (source: Curiosity) of the “actual” internet, while the other 90% is dominated by this deeper part of the web we’re talking about.

Unfortunately, it’s quite often confused with the “Dark web”, which is a completely different version of it altogether so let’s clear that up as well.

Difference between Deep Web and the Dark Web

Before you learn how to access the Deep web, it’s important to learn the very important difference between the “Deep”, and the “Dark Web”.

The “Deep web” as I said above is just “non-indexed content”, so it may contain of databases, user records, your bank details, some employee records, government files (not too confidential maybe, but just not indexed) are all part of the deep web.

Search engines don’t index private or unnecessary information, and whatever’s not indexed comes under the deep web.

Here’s an example of content which can be called deep web content. Any content which is password protected, highly encrypted or just restricted for search engines to “index” is deep web content and I hope that’s clear.

One major misconception in today’s world is, the deep web can only be accessed on the Tor network, well that’s not true. As you can see with the above example, you can access it even on your general browsers.

And even on Tor, a major part of the deep web is actually legal (refer to the last section of this guide on how to access deep web for explaination).

While as for the “Dark web”, it’s a smaller part of the deep web, but it’s what most people refer to when they’re talking of the “big bad evil part of the internet”, and that’s exactly what the dark web is.

The dark web is basically where all the “bad” stuff actually resides, bad stuff as in Child Pornography, Darknet Markets which let you buy drugs, weapons, guns, etc, Red rooms which stream live torture, rape and murder and everything else.

Unlike the deep web, which also exists on the clearnet; the dark web is solely on the “onion network”, an anonymous, decentralized network which can be accessed using the Tor browser.

These are exclusively on the onion network because the network is not govt. controlled or regulated and hence is the perfect place for all those illegal activities that the darkweb holds.

Because the darkweb exists on the onion network, it doesn’t have the common .com/.net/.org kind of URLs, and rather has a .onion extension.

Any and all content on the onion network, with .onion extension is deep web content. So, the deep web is like the “overall” entity, which has a smaller fraction, a part which is darker and evil and is called the dark web.

Bottomline, all of the darkweb is “deep web”, but not all of the “Deep web” is dark (neither illegal).  

Difference between Darknet Markets and Deep Web

In order to learn how to access the Deep web, you need to know the difference between Darknet markets and the deep web so you’re sure of what you’re getting into.

Let me briefly discuss what’s the difference between Darknet markets and the deep web.

We recently did an ultra-detailed post on “Darknet markets” as well, but anyway the “darknet market” is actually the major part of “dark web”.

Darknet markets are what let you buy/sell illegal goods, download illegal / pirated software, order hits on people (yes, it’s a real thing), and do everything else which the “deep web” is generally accused of.

So, any illegal market on the deep web is darknet, a small part of the deep web that is, while there’s a good and positive side to the rest of the deep web.

Also, Darknet markets can only be accessed on the Tor network, and quite often need an “invite code” in order for you to join them.

While the deep web can’t be “joined” as it’s not a single site or organization, rather many “unindexed webpages” and can be accessed on the clearnet as well, although its major part too exists on the Tor network.

What Can you Find on the Deep Web?

Obviously I’ll walk you through the guide on how to access the deep web exactly, but before that I’m just trying to give you as clear a conception of the “deep web” as possible.

You need to understand that, everything you can find on the “Darkweb” is a part of the deep web, so technically we can say that all the drugs, weapons and credit cards which can be purchased on the dark web are a part of the deep web.

But, if you’re talking solely, exclusively and uniquely of the “deep web”, in that case it just consists of data which “isn’t indexed on a search engine”. And this data can be ANYTHING.

For e.g, there may be “whistle blowing sites” which you can use to expose powerful people, there are sites which let you watch legal videos, legal music etc without tracing or tracking you on the deep web as well.

 Or there may be attendance records of politicians for the senate which isn’t exactly “confidential” but isn’t available on search engines.

There are blogs which are run by “cults” such as flat-Earthers for an example, now people don’t wish to generally publicly identify themselves as members of those cults, right? And that’s where the deep web helps them.

So basically you can find documents, files, information on the deep web which is hidden from search engines, but isn’t necessarily “super confidential or nuclear codes”.

You should totally check out the “Legal websites on the Deep web” section of this guide to get a better example of what’s available on the deep web.

How to Access the Deep Web

From this point forward, the “Deep web” would mean “dark web” for the purposes of this guide, cause hey they’re so overlapped you never know when you fall down the rabbit hole.

And I’m pretty sure now that you know the difference between the simple Deep web and the hardcore dark web, you’re probably now clear that it’s the “Dark web” you wish to access and not merely the deep web.

You need to secure yourselves before visiting the deep web because in case you click on a link which you shouldn’t have, or even if intentionally you buy/sell something or commit any other illegal action, you need to be sure that the digital trail doesn’t lead back to you.

Quick Step by Step Setup Process:

  1. Install VPN software in PC, must use NordVPN (Onion over VPN specially dedicated for the deep web)
  2. Install Tor Browser Bundle in the computer.
  3. Login your NordVPN software by right username or password.
  4. Connect your computer by any Onion Over VPN server, If connected then go to next step.
  5. Run your Tor Browser, when successfully opened tor Browser then type any onion URL, you can find any category onion urls from site homepage.
  6. Done.

For detail step by step process and all recommended guidelines. follow below steps:

Note: You already know when you are working on the internet every website track your IP, he already know how you are? And where you belong from? If you access the internet by Tor browser, then anyone cannot track you and cannot know where you belong from? If you use Tor, then you are secure from all type such things. Now you are independent for access the deep web (hidden web world).

A VPN is a technology that can mask your real IP address from another anonymous service IP.

The IP address is actually the only piece of data that can lead back to you from the internet so if you change that, you’re literally anonymous.

Here I am recommending you NordVPN VPN Service, it’s one of the best VPN services; it’s what I use, and I like it for its “no speed loss” thing which is extremely rare for VPNs, along with its no logs policy so it doesn’t keep logs of your activities, or IP addresses used by you either. It also has 60+ Countries IP addresses (more than 3600+ servers IP) for you to choose from, so yeah it’s good.

Here’s how to setup the VPN step by step. First of all, download it from the website. Once you get the setup, double-click on it and click on “Run”.

Offer permission for install

Then, choose the location where you’d want to install NordVPN, and click “Install”.

Nordvpn select location for install

Another permissions dialogue box would pop up, simply click “run” to grant permission (again).

The installation process has been done, now login your NordVPN software with valid username or password.

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so click on “countries” from the top bar > speciality servers > connect to onion over VPN.

Onion over vpn in NordVPN

Once that’s done, you can simply click on any country from the list, or choose one from the map to start using that country’s IP address instantly!

So we’re done with the VPN, let’s get another extremely important privacy tool “Tor Browser Bundle“.

Installing Tor is easy enough as well, download the setup > double click > install. No harder than installing any game. Here’s the step by step process.

Download Tor from the above link, once download click on the setup and click on “I agree”.

 And then check all the boxes to make sure you get every module that Tor has or needs.

Tor Browser Location

Then simply choose the location where you wish to install Tor on your hard disk and click Install.

This would install tor in your system.

Once you’ve installed Tor, you need to amp up its security before accessing the deep web, and here’s how to do it.

Click on the “Tor button” (the onion icon on the top bar), and click on “new identity” or ” New Tor Circuit for this Site“. It’s like a temporary VPN which assigns you a new IP address.

Tor New Identity or New Tor Circuit for this site

Then again click on the Tor button, and click on “security settings”, and turn the slider all the way up to “Safest”. Note: Many time you can not watch videos stuff then you need to reset your setting like as Safer or standard.

Security level should be Safest

It’s the highest level of security that you can make use of while using Tor, although for details on these options and learning how to use Tor, you can refer to our detailed Tor guide.

So armed with the OS + Tor + NordVPN, I bet there’s almost no one, no agency, not even the NSA which can penetrate your encryption and get your real-life identity.

VPN(Virtual Private Network) + Tor Browser both can make double layer security, which not leave any week security hole.

Now you also need to focus some quick points before reading next section.

  1. Unplug your external devices like portable Camera, or cover your laptop camera
  2. Close all running application at the time of deep web access.
  3. Always run NordVPN software before tor browser
  4. Must configure NordVPN (Internet Kill Switch, App Kill Switch Setting), Both setting should be on, these setting you can find under Setting option in the NordVPN software.

NordVPN Settings

  1. If you are using Windows 10, then first fix Windows 10 privacy problem, for more information must read “Windows 10 Privacy Fix
  2. When you will register your profile on most of the deep web sites then always use fake second identity (Don’t use any physical related information)
  3. Must use PGP Encrypted email services like or and etc.

So now you’re ready to finally access the deep web!

How to Find Deep Web Sites?

Here again, I believe you wish to access the “Dark web”, because as far as the general “deep web” is concerned, you can simply go to any website and access any of its page which is password protected, or not listed on the search engine, and that’s the deep web.

So to access the deeper part of the deep web termed as Dark web; or the black market websites, first of all make sure you’re connected to your NordVPN with Onion Over VPN Server, double check it, and then fire up Tor browser.

Onion over vpn in NordVPN

Now any URL you enter on the browser’s URL bar with .onion extension is basically a deep web site, but you’ll need those URLs to begin with, right?

I suppose because you’re reading this piece on how to access the deep web, you don’t have any deep web URLs as of now.

So the best answer to “how to access the deep web” and “how to find deep web sites” as well is this deep web sites links directory.

We enlisted 24 illegal and forbidden market websites in the directory and the reason why I say it’s the “best” place to start is because unlike the Hidden Wiki which too is a good place, all the links on this directory are live, we tested before listing them while that’s not always the case with the Hidden Wiki.

The second good place is obviously the Hidden Wiki. It’s a site on the onion network which is like a links directory listing over 100 deep web sites.

It has links under various categories and even though not all of them are always online, some of those are.

There also are deep web search engines! These search engines themselves are on the deep web, and index deep web pages so you can use them as well to find deep web sites.

You can simply go over there, and type terms such as “drugs” and here’s a glimpse of what they bring up:

Drugs search in Search engine

The official Subreddit for Darknet markets is also one of the options, but the only problem is you don’t know which markets or links to trust, and which are pure scam. Looking all popular deep web subreddit links then visit that link.

You can also manually ask for the links to such sites on their official subreddits, or any other reddit related to the deep web, as long as you’ve kept your identity safe and aren’t using your real name.

So I believe that answers your questions regarding how to access the Deep web and also how to find deep web sites, doesn’t it? Now let’s answer some other related questions.

Blog posts that you should check for active dark web links:

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How to Find Alternative Links for Dead Deep Web Links?

As a complete guide on how to access the deep web, I believe this question too should be answered, don’t you?

Yes, the links on the deep web aren’t always live for a lot of reasons, but luckily for us it’s not that hard finding their alternatives.

In the case of “Darknet Markets” (Tor marketplaces) almost always the market itself has “mirror links” either on its homepage, or user dashboard, here’s an example:

Dream market mirror

In case the mirrors aren’t listed, or you aren’t trying to find alternate links for a darknet market but any other deep web site, you can use the following Google dork

Site name + subreddit

For e.g. I searched for “Dream Market + Subreddit” and on the official subreddit, I got enough threads with a working link. Sometimes the sub-reddit itself has “alternate links” listed on the right-sidebar so yeah those can be tried as well.

You can even join our Facebook Group and leave us a comment/direct message there with the name of the site whose link you need and we will try our best to get it to you.

So hey that gets the dead links covered, now let’s move on to probably “the” most important question for this whole guide on how to access the Deep web.

Is Accessing the Deep Web Illegal?

No, it’s not. Dark web is what’s illegal. Wait, I’ll explain.

 If you really understand the “deep web”, and you’re sure that you’re on the “deep web” only, meaning the clearnet part of the deep web which just has unindexed web pages, it’s not illegal.

Or, if you’re accessing any of the legal deep web sites (some examples are listed below) those too are 100% legal.

Then again, you have to be sure that you’re not accessing anything which you shouldn’t have access to, for e.g. there may be a login page, and it’s not indexed which does make it “deep web” content but if you brute force your way in with the password, yes then it’s illegal.

Dark Web on the other hand, which lets you buy/sell products, hire killers and what not is totally illegal. Although even then, simply “browsing” the dark web too can’t land you in jail, but you better not give them reasons to suspect, right?

In a nutshell, the “Deep Web” in itself isn’t illegal, it’s just a network for security and privacy conscious people, it’s only when you venture into the “dark web” and commit some illegal action there(such as downloading child porn / buying drugs  Fake documents, gadgets, games, weapons, credit cards and debit cards dumps, counterfeit bills, etc) which when committed on the deep web are illegal.

Bottomline, simply “browsing” the deep web isn’t illegal, taking part in anything “illegal” in any way, is illegal, I hope you’ve got the idea!

Some Legal Sites on the Deep Web

When I said the Deep Web is legal I meant it, infact some major companies including Facebook have “deep web versions” of their sites.

This clearly indicates that “deep web” isn’t illegal and can be safely accessed and used as long as no illegal action is committed on the deep web.

Deep Web was created for people who are privacy and security conscious, and/or would like to exercise rights such as free speech, or expose corruption without bringing harm to themselves.

So it’s 100% legal, as long as you’re exclusively on the “deep web” and aren’t doing anything illegal. Here are some legal deep web sites which aren’t only legal, but also have won prestigious prizes such as the Pulitzer for their vigilance.

So here are some answers for how to access the deep web, or better yet, how to access legal sites on the deep web.

a. ProPublica

Website: https://www.propub3r6espa33w.onion/

ProPublica is a journalism website which own the Pulitzer and is funded by some very (very) rich organizations.

b. Facebook

Website: https://www.propub3r6espa33w.onion/

If you’d rather be anonymous and not get your data indexed on search engines, you can use this deep web version of Facebook.

c. Sci-Hub

Website: http://scihub22266oqcxt.onion/

The world is a centralized organization (Wow, that turned into a great quote actually!). Anyway, what Sci-Hub does is, make it “decentralized”.

It grants you access to some of the most premium, proven, hardcore scientific papers, for free!

The point of me listing all these legal deep web sites is to prove that the “deep web” isn’t illegal, it’s just a more “liberal” kind of Internet, the way internet was supposed to be.

I’ll sum this “how to access the deep web” guide up shortly, after answering one more common question that arises with the deep web.

How to Filter Good Deep Web Sites from Bad?

As you’re reading this how to access the Deep web guide, I suppose you’re new to this so let me help you out so you don’t land yourselves in trouble.

Good deep web sites simply mean sites which are legal and safe to use, or won’t scam you.

Bad Deep web sites are actually “dark web sites” which are either illegal, and/or are pure scams.

The easiest way is to check what the site is offering. If it’s simply a blog, a search engine or anything else which isn’t offering any “illegal content” (such as buying selling of weapons, or leaking question papers to some exams or asking for any personal or financial details) it is a legal and “good deep web site” so to say.

On the other hand, all “darknet markets” are illegal, so if it’s selling “anything” it’ll probably be illegal.

Or if you’re using something like a Bitcoin tumbler, or anything else which “may” scam you, you can check its legitimacy by a simple Google search (sitename + reviews), or check its “reddit” (sitename + subreddit). There you’ll find real people sharing their experience about the site so it’ll help you decide if you wish to proceed or not.

How to Access the Deep Web on Android

These days more than 60% internet users use the internet on their smartphone devices like and Android and iOS operating system based devices. But if you are an Android user and you want to know how to access the deep web on Android then this section will help you.

Why Users Prefer to Use a Smartphone to Access the Deep Web?

Everyone knows, Smartphone is a portable device, and we can easily access the internet by the help of smartphone anywhere anytime.  But same as the clearnet, you can’t access the deep web on Android by Tor browser because Tor bundle is not supported Android operating system.

Now, Here are the main questions how to access the deep web on Android. Answer is very simple, we have some other applications which provide service for access the deep web.  Application names, those you need to download and install on your Android smartphone before accessing the deep web, are below:

1). Nord VPN Apps
2). Orbot: Proxy with Tor

How to access the deep web on Android – Step by Step Guide

Here I am telling you, step by step process to access the deep web on Android. For this process, you need to follow some below given easy steps.

Step 1:  You already know, deep web is critical Internet place, privacy is the first priority before accessing the deep web. This is the main reason, First use any premium VPN service for making you privacy more strong and untraceable.

In this tutorial, I am using Nord VPN because NordVPN offers Onion Over server which is dedicated to deep web or Dark web. And I am also using NordVPN premium VPN service since from last 3 Year and didn’t face any security issue till now.

Note: If you do not have any premium VPN then you can choose any best fit VPN service from my Best VPN services blog post.

I have installed NordVPN app in my Android smartphone If you don’t have then first visit this app download link, Download app and install into your smartphone.

After successful installation, you can see NordVPN shortcut icon at your smartphone home screen like as given below.

Now Run NordVPN app, and when you tap app icon then you will get screen like below, here you need to tap two times.

If you have same screen like me, which is given below then here you need to do login NordVPN by your premium username or password.

Note: If you don’t have a premium subscription of NordVPN then you need to tape on “ Sign Me Up “ Button. And Buy any plan according to your choice.

I already have my username or password that’s why I will login. Now I am taping on “ I already have an account “ link.

After taping on link , you will get login windows where you can put your username or password. I already put my username or password and now trying to login my account.

Now I have login successfully. Hope you also.

Now time to select any one onion server for connection, for server selection you need to go to left top corner and tap app menu then select “ Full Server List “ options.

Now you can see the similar screen just like me. By default, after tapping the full server list option “My favorite” screen will be open but here we need onion over VPN server that’s why you need to tap again on “ All Servers ” Tab.

After tapping on All Server”, you have a display, which has multiple categories option and each category has multiple servers.

But here we want to access the deep web then we will using “Onion Over VPN server”. You also can use other category servers like as P2P, Anti-DOS, Ultra Fast TV, etc. But here I am selecting “Netherland #1” for connection.

For connection, you need to tap on given button. If your device has connected to the selected server then you can see the round button color changed by green colors, like as given below.

Now, First step has been done, now time for Next app.

Step 2: According to the second step, you need to download another app into your device and install into your Android smartphone.

For app download, you need to visit, and type “Orbot proxy with Tor” into app search box.

Or directly you can click on this direct app download link, and download this app into your device. After successful installation, your device home screen has two new icons. Both look like given below screenshot.

Now time for Orbot proxy with Tor app launch, tap the app icon.

Now time for starting tor routing support, when you taped the Orbot app icon then new window has two option. One is start and second is Browse. But for accessing deep web, Here you need to tap on the start button.

After the successful tapping on the start button, your app screen will look like given screenshot.

If you have similer display then your app will work fine, now you are ready to access the deep web on Android.

3). To explore deep web, You need an internet browser and deep web links. Here I am using Google Chrome browser for onion link access.

For updated deep web or dark web links, you can visit This website has more than 3000+ active deep web links.

Here I am searching deep web search engine links for text searching. That’s why I am visiting /page/3/.

Now I clicked on Ahmia search engine link http://msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion/, and link opened into new tab, here is the my Ahemia site screenshot.

If you have same display like me, you are ready to explore the deep web.

Hope this demo tutorial how to access the deep web on Android can help you, and you can easily setup you deep web access environment into your Android smartphone. Let’s enjoy deep web anytime anywhere. In the next section, I will show you how to get updated deep web links.

Final Words on How to Access the Deep Web

So that’s a wrap as far as this guide on how to access the deep web is concerned folks.

The line between a deep web site, and a dark web site is very thin, so if you wish to only be on the deep web, great. Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose where the next link leads you on the deep web.

So let me just say that accessing the deep web is safe and legal, yet you should implement the security measures we’ve talked about.

Although we also did a complete, detailed guide on how to access the “Darknet markets” with all the security measures and precautions so you can check that out as well.


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