I2P Browsing Functions

This post relates to using the I2P Java software and using the I2P in Private Browsing Mode Firefox extension.

The Browsing Functions in I2P

A properly configured browser supports accessing content on the I2P network ( I2P sites and services ) and accessing clearnet content via the outproxy service specified in the Hidden Services Manager of the I2P router.

Instruction for configuring a browser are outlined here: https://geti2p.net/en/about/browser-config .

There is also a Firefox based extension ( I2P in Private Browsing Mode ) that can be found in the the new experimental Windows installer, or can be added directly from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/i2p-in-private-browsing/

I use and support development of I2P in Private Browsing Mode and can attest to its ease of use for accessing both I2P network and clearnet content.

Common issues with browsing include:

  • Unable to reach I2P network sites.
  • Unable to access clearnet sites.
  • Finding content on the I2P network.

Below are some things to review and look for when interacting with the browsing workflow.

Check For Readiness Indicators

The I2P in Private Browsing Mode extension works with a Firefox browser. Please ensure that Firefox is up to date in general practice and when reviewing the I2P browsing workflow.

Look for these two elements:

The first element shown is the Extension communication with the I2P router. The second in the Shared Clients indicator in the router console sidebar.

Both show green indicators, and this means that the browsing function is operational.

The easiest way to check if I2P network access is functioning properly is to visit /home of the I2P router console. In the I2P Community Sites section, choose the Project Website.

Please keep in mind that I2P sites can take a bit longer to load than what we are used to on the clearnet.

If there are issues, here are some things to review. This will be helpful information to have ready if further support is required.

Unable to reach I2P network sites

A few things to check for include:

  • is your router started?
  • do you have shared clients and peers?
  • are you using the Java Windows easy installer?
  • are you using the Firefox I2P in Private Browsing Extension?

Configuration of a proxy is no longer necessary when using the I2P Java Windows Easy Installer. Additionally, if the Firefox extension is being used, no configuration in required. In both cases, ensure that you have a working router/ your router is running and shared clients are indicated ( green light in sidebar).

Unable to reach Clearnet sites

A few things to check for include:

  • is your router started?
  • do you have shared clients and peers?
  • are you using the Java Windows easy installer?
  • are you using the Firefox I2P in Private Browsing Extension?
  • do you have an outproxy configured in the I2P Hidden Service Manager?

By default, all new installations come preconfigured with the StormyCloud outproxy. If you are an existing I2P user, please ensure that you are using either the StormyCloud outproxy or that you have an outproxy chosen. Always check that your router is running and showing network connections.

Finding content on the I2P network

I2P community members create and and maintain services that curate and list sites. There are many resources listed on the I2P sub reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/i2p/). This is also a great community for people learning more about the network.

If an I2P site address is not in your router address book, you will be prompted to use a jump service and given the option in the process.

Please note that access to specific sites on the I2P network will depend on the host. I2P support forum members can help assist with browser functions, but not specific sites. Contact the maintainer of the site or service directly.

If you still need further assistance, it is helpful to include your OS, I2P Java version, and if you are using the Firefox extension or your own proxy configuration when reaching out in support forums.

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