see first:


Trying to launch tor I get prompts to install with apt whereas I'm using snap:

thufir@dur:~$ tor

Command 'tor' not found, but can be installed with:

sudo apt install tor

thufir@dur:~$ torbrowser-launcher

Command 'torbrowser-launcher' not found, but can be installed with:

sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher


This is after just installing tor through snap, as below. How is the browser launched?

thufir@dur:~$ sudo snap install tor 
snap "tor" is already installed, see 'snap help refresh'
thufir@dur:~$ snap info tor
name:      tor
summary:   Anonymising TCP overlay network
publisher: Iain R. Learmonth (irl)
license:   unset
description: |
  Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against
  traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal
  freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships,
  and state security.

  Tor will accept connections from other applications on your computer on TCP
  port 9050. If you would just like to browse the web with Tor, see Tor
  Browser instead. This client is configured with defaults that will work for
  most use cases. For advanced use, install tor from your distribution's
  package manager.
  tor: simple, enabled, active
snap-id:      GZm8Xr8BoWoe4y5pN1QJp3OGWyKGbDqc
tracking:     stable
refresh-date: today at 01:10 PDT
  stable: 2018-11-07 (2) 6MB -
  candidate: ↑                           
  beta:      ↑                           
  edge:      ↑                           
installed:            (2) 6MB -

I would naively hope that the snap install for tor would include the browser launcher. Running Cosmic:

thufir@dur:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 18.10
Release:    18.10
Codename:   cosmic
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    What do you get if you run only tor or tor-client? – Kulfy Jul 28 '19 at 8:19
  • Does exec /snap/tor/2/bin/tor work? – Kulfy Jul 28 '19 at 8:58
  • I just ran sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher which seems to then allow torbrowser-launcher -- I think. It's still downloading and unpacking. (Was just hoping to use snap.) – Thufir Jul 28 '19 at 9:02
  • @Rutrus You can busy ports using netstat -antu. Also, comments aren't intended for new questions. I'd recommend you to ask a new one. – Kulfy Apr 14 '20 at 10:13

Your problem: tor is installed but you can find the browser.

My answer:

The name of the browser in repositories used to be torbrowser-launcher that's why tor package doesn't work for you. Because "tor" is not a browser. It is a protocol. At this moment I can't find torbrowser-launcher in snap. Maybe it doesn't exist there. But you can install it with apt:

sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher
  • preferably all that would be through snap so that it's, presumably, more up to date... – Thufir Apr 19 '20 at 19:53
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    As far as I know, the launcher downloads the latest browser version. Also, if a snap package is not mantained won't be upgraded. – Rutrus Apr 19 '20 at 20:04

to be honest i had similar problems last month installing Tor browser via Either Software, Synaptic or Snap store. they did not seem to work loading times of half an hour, not running, not even installing.

then i went to (last resort)


i downloaded the linux version (Im running Xubuntu 18) i unzipped it with xarchiver, in a suitable folder then runned Tor Browser (i did not even had to make this file executable) and it installed immediately, and it ran fine.

  • I reluctantly accept your answer. Not through lack of effort or knowledge on your part! I was just hoping for an actual solution...preferably simple for fools such as myself... – Thufir Apr 14 '20 at 10:36

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