Okay, this is a fairly challenging task for a beginner, but just follow my instructions, and it should be fine.
First off, download the .tar.gz file, and SAVE it. Don't open it. Download Tor from here. (If you don't know whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit, then go to
If you've never used the Terminal before, then just remember this: press
Enter between lines, but be SURE that you give it time to finish before you type the next thing. (You know it's ready for the next command if it looks like this:
user@user-computerModel-XY123:~$ . For example, mine looks like
After you've downloaded your file, open the Terminal by pressing
T, and, (assuming that you saved it to
Downloads,) type the following (for 32-bit):
sudo cp tor-browser-gnu-linux-i686-2.2.39-1-dev-en-US.tar.gz /opt/
NOTE: If you're using the 64-bit version, type this instead:
sudo cp tor-browser-gnu-linux-x86_64-2.2.39-1-dev-en-US.tar.gz /opt/
Now, change to the
/opt/ directory, extract the program, and remove the old file:
sudo tar -xvf tor-browser-gnu-linux-i686-2.2.39-1-dev-en-US.tar.gz
sudo rm -rf tor-browser-gnu-linux-i686-2.2.39-1-dev-en-US.tar.gz
Again, for 64-bit, use the 64-bit filename INSTEAD OF THE OTHER ONE:
sudo tar -xvf tor-browser-gnu-linux-x86_64-2.2.39-1-dev-en-US.tar.gz
sudo rm -rf tor-browser-gnu-linux-x86_64-2.2.39-1-dev-en-US.tar.gz
Okay, time to allow it to run:
sudo chmod 777 tor-browser_en-US/
Okay, it's now marked as executable, so it's time to create a symbolic link (this is what allows you to run it from the Terminal):
sudo ln -s /opt/tor-browser_en-US/start-tor-browser /usr/bin/tor-browser
Okay, you're done. The program is now installed and runnable from the Terminal. (Type
tor-browser to run it.)
What's this? You say you want to be able to run it from the launcher? No problem!
(NOTE: if you want an icon, find one online, and save it as
This part is fairly simple:
gksu gedit /usr/share/applications/tor-browser.desktop
Copy-and-paste this into the window:
Comment=Browse the World Wide Web Anonymously
Now, click "Save", close out the Terminal, and you're in business!
Sorry that tutorial took so long. Thanks for reading!