In Ubuntu 13.04 I used the following PPA to install the 64-bit Tor Browser Bundle. However, in Ubuntu 13.10 it doesn't work anymore.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/tor64
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install tor-browser 
sudo chown $USER -Rv ~/.tor-browser/

How do I install the Tor Browser Bundle in Ubuntu (13.10)?

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    Beware of using unofficial PPAs. There is no official PPA which would allow you to automatically update the Tor Browser Bundle in Ubuntu. Such solutions are made by third parties. In fact, the currently accepted answer contains a PPA with an outdated Tor Browser Bundle! It's several updates behind. – king_julien Jan 15 '14 at 10:43
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    To add to that, I would be easy for n$A to infect that unofficial PPA. In other words, it makes no sense using Tor if you use an unofficial PPA. BTW, n$A has already successfully infected Tor in the past. – don.joey Feb 13 '14 at 8:52
  • Use tar xvf instead of tar -xvJf – Chai T. Rex Mar 23 '17 at 10:40

Note: This PPA hasn't been updated in YEARS already (since 2015) is several updates behind the official Tor Browser Bundle release.

  1. Run the below commands to install tor browser in Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit version:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/tor64
    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/upubuntu-com-tor64-saucy.list
  2. Change saucy to raring and save that file:

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  3. Update the repositories:

    sudo apt-get update
  4. Now you can install the Tor Browser Bundle:

    sudo apt-get install tor-browser 
  • I install it shows unexpected error . tor is not running – mahdiar Nov 26 '13 at 15:38
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    Anybody interested in tor should not be using third party repos, such as webupd8team. – earthmeLon Oct 16 '14 at 14:15
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    I know it's not the most convenient way to get your updates, but use the official torproject binaries and verify them. Don't rely on third-party sources for something that is related to your privacy. – Patrick Glandien Sep 25 '15 at 21:18

Do not use the packages in Ubuntu's universe.

According to The Tor Project, "In the past they have not reliably been updated. That means you could be missing stability and security fixes."

Download Tor Browser Bundle from The Tor Project website

  • From here, select your Language and download the 32-bit or 64-bit flavor as well as the accompanying sig file to ~/path/to/TBB_directory.

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Verify GPG Signature

  • Download the Tor Browser Developers GPG Public Key (which is used for signing Tor Browser Bundle packages; also see keyserver):

    gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 0xEF6E286DDA85EA2A4BA7DE684E2C6E8793298290
  • Verify that the signature file was produced when their GPG Key signed your Tor Browser Bundle download (adjust the commands if version is not "5.0.1" or language is not "en"):

    cd ~/path/to/TBB_directory 
    gpg --verify tor-browser-linux64-5.0.1_en-US.tar.xz.asc tor-browser-linux64-5.0.1_en-US.tar.xz
  • You should see "Good signature.." in your terminal if successful (if not, download the file again and try once more):

    gpg: Signature made Mon 17 Aug 2015 06:48:06 PM UTC
    gpg:                using RSA key D40814E0
    gpg: Good signature from "Tor Browser Developers (signing key) <torbrowser@torproject.org>"
    gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
    gpg:          There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
    Primary key fingerprint: EF6E 286D DA85 EA2A 4BA7  DE68 4E2C 6E87 9329 8290
         Subkey fingerprint: BA1E E421 BBB4 5263 180E  1FC7 2E1A C68E D408 14E0

Extract Tor Browser Bundle Package

  • Right-click .tar.xz file and select "Extract Here" or:

    tar -xvf tor-browser-linux64-5.0.1_en-US.tar.xz

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  • Open newly extracted directory, find the file start-tor-browser, and make sure it is executable.

    • Right-click > Properties > Permissions > Execute: Allow executing file as program
  • Double-click start-tor-browser or:

  • Select Run if Nautilus asks you how you want to execute the `start-tor-browser' script.


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    Great PPA-independent answer. – pzkpfw Feb 13 '14 at 8:51
  • This is the correct answer. Thank you for taking the time to post this. You're even using FF <3 – earthmeLon Oct 16 '14 at 14:16

Ubuntu 16.04 and later

Tor Browser (torbrowser-launcher) is available in the default Ubuntu repositories in Ubuntu 16.04 and later. torbrowser-launcher handles downloading the most recent version of Tor Browser Bundle for you, in your language and for your architecture. After installing Tor Browser, it can be launched by searching for tor in the Dash and clicking the Tor Browser icon. The Tor Browser Launcher Settings app is also installed along with Tor Browser.


  1. Update the gpg key:

    gpg --homedir "$HOME/.local/share/torbrowser/gnupg_homedir/" --refresh-keys --keyserver pgp.mit.edu  
  2. Tor Browser still may not launch after updating the gpg key due to being unable to update the Tor Browser version in:


    Replace your-username with your username and replace en-US with your language in the following commands and run these commands:

    mkdir sources  
    cd sources     
    touch versions    
    gedit /home/your-username/.local/share/torbrowser/tbb/x86_64/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Docs/sources/versions
  3. A Gedit window will open up. Copy the string TORBROWSER_VERSION=7.5 into the Gedit window and save the file.

  4. Launch Tor Browser for the first time.


Now Tor Browser will launch normally by clicking its icon. If an update to Tor Browser is available, the update will be installed as usual.

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You can install TorBrowser Bundle in Ubuntu by using the TorBrowser WebUpd8 PPA. Open a terminal and copy/paste the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/tor-browser
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tor-browser

Then simply launch TorBrowser from the Dash / menu.

More info: Tor Browser Bundle Ubuntu PPA

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    Anybody interested in tor should not be using third party repos, such as webupd8team. – earthmeLon Oct 16 '14 at 14:12
  • Is this PPA abandoned?... – user1284631 Feb 27 '15 at 9:17
  • @axeoth If you are behing a proxy and you have exported the proxy credentials.... just run the command as sudo -E apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/tor-browser – user3234634 May 21 '15 at 22:41
  • It's abandoned now – faissaloo Feb 11 '18 at 20:16

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