Tor browser is a free and customized version of Firefox that allows user to have complete anonymity online. It routes your web traffic through a Tor network, while also stripping identifying information from packet headers. In this article we will show you how to install the Tor Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 system.
The Tor is usually used to avoid website and application tracking your location and identify you. The connection with the website which you are viewing is encrypted and protected from network surveillance and traffic analysis. Browsing using the Tor browser is slower than the regular internet connection and some of web sites blocks the Tor users.
Install Tor Browser
We will install the Tor Browser using the Tor Browser Launcher script. It will downloads and automatically installs the most recent version of the Tor browser and adds the application launcher icon.
The standard Ubuntu repositories includes the
torbrowser-launcher package but it may not always be the latest version. We will install the package from the project repository.
Perform the following steps with root or user with sudo privileges:
- Add the Tor browser launcher PPA repository:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:micahflee/ppa
2. Install Tor browser launcher package:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher
Start Tor Browser
You can start the Tor browser either using the command line by typing
torbrowser-launcher or you can find it from
Activities -> Tor Browser
It will start the download Tor Browser and other dependencies. Once the download is complete it will open a Tor Network Settings window.
There is no need to change in default settings. If your ISP is censoring Tor, you can find information about how to configure the network here.
By clicking on the “Connect” button, the browser will establish a connection to the Tor network and start.
The Tor Browser will automatically update itself when the new version is available.
Uninstalling Tor Browser
If you want to uninstall the Tor browser, remove the installed package with the following command:
sudo apt remove torbrowser-launcher
This guide explained how to install Tor Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 system. Now, you can avoid the website and application tracking your data.
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