I have installed tor and vidalia using

sudo apt-get install tor vidalia

but when I click on Vidalia from the Unity Launcher, nothing happens.

Why is that? What's the problem? Thanks.

P.S. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.

  • 1
    What happenes when you run vidalia from the terminal? (ctrl+alt+t)
    – Tim
    May 30, 2014 at 14:35
  • What happens is that AppArmor is blocking Vidalia. Try to launch vidalia from a terminal and you'll se the error message.
    – user309143
    Jul 25, 2014 at 16:52
  • Try to do Tim and anonymouscoward suggestion that you may know the symptoms of problem. If it's caused by apparmor issue, you may try this solution askubuntu.com/questions/449824/…
    – metamorph
    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:09

2 Answers 2


I have had success installing and running vidalia following these steps.

First you'll need to get a vidalia package that works. The package in the software center doesn't work. In the comments you'll find a post by Zachery Thomas Winch, 2014-10-21 :

Here is a fix

Download one of these packages. It works on 14.04

It works with a little work.

Then purge tor and vidalia.

sudo apt-get purge tor vidalia

make sure that the /etc/tor/torrc file is gone. In you home directory make sure that the folder ~/.vidalia is gone. You will probably have to delete this.

Add the tor project to /etc/apt/sources.list

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list and add this to the bottom.
deb http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org trusty main

then install tor

sudo apt-get install tor

Then find the vidalia package you downloaded earlier and open it in software center and install it. after its done run vidalia.

Thats it. I have noticed that vidalia doesn't like to start the tor service(tor runs a startup). if you need to start or stop the tor service I use

sudo service tor stop

then kill vidalia

sudo service tor start 

then start vidalia

Side note, I have been trying to do this for days and I cant remember if I had to add the gpg key. Im pretty sure I did but I cant remember so if the above doesn't work try adding the add the gpg key. you can get instructions from here

  • Please review my edits: use 4 spaces in front of a line you wqnt to come up like this and use backticks "`" for what I just did... ;-) Excellent answer BTW, I've voted it up!
    – Fabby
    Dec 11, 2014 at 14:47
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    Thank you very much Fabby, I've been wanting to do this for a while but haven't hat the points to do so. I will take note of your advise.
    – bobZBy
    Mar 26, 2015 at 22:09

Your version is obsolete / outdated (probably Vidalia 0.2.21-1). please download the newer one directly from :

tor browser bundle


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