How to Install and Use Tor Browser in Any Linux Distro

I’ve described the process to install the Tor browser in Ubuntu or Linux Mint from WebUpd8’s PPA. In this blog post, I’m going to tell you how to install and use Tor browser in your Linux distro the Tor way!

  • Go to Tor browser download page and download any version (32 or 64 bit) of your preferred language.
  • Save the downloaded file anywhere you want. Now direct your terminal emulator to that directory/folder and execute the following command:
tar -xvJf tor-browser-linux32-4.5.3_LANG.tar.xz

Use the aforementioned command for 32-bit version of Tor browser. And replace LANG in the aforementioned command with the language you downloaded for; I downloaded for English (US), so in my case LANG would replace with en-US. Don’t worry about this petty thing though. You have tab-completion to auto-complete the name in terminal.

For 64-bit version use the folliwing command format:

tar -xvJf tor-browser-linux64-4.5.3_LANG.tar.xz
  • When the process is complete, switch to tor-browser directory/folder by executing the following command in terminal:
cd tor-browser_LANG

In this case also, replace LANG with the language you downloaded for. Using tab-completion is recommended!

  • Now execute the following command to run Tor browser:
./start-tor-browser.desktop

Tor browser will launch right after executing this command. It’s now ready to use.

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