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Manually Downloading Tor Browser[edit]

  • Non-Whonix Platforms: If Firefox is available and Tor Browser is to be installed on a non-Whonix platform, proceed to Manually Download and Install Tor Browser. Otherwise, first install Firefox on the respective platform and configure the setting for clearnet onion connections, if desired.
  • Whonix: If Tor Browser is not installed, then it can be downloaded by using Firefox-ESR. Only complete this action for downloading Tor Browser and nothing else.

Install Firefox-ESR Web Browser[edit]

1. Install Firefox-ESR.

In Whonix-Workstation Konsole, run.

sudo apt-get install firefox-esr

2. Configure clearnet onion service connections.

If users intend to connect to the Tor Project's onion service to download Tor Browser, then adjust the following Firefox-ESR setting to permit these connections.

In Firefox address bar: about:config -> I accept the risk! -> network.dns.blockDotOnion -> toggle to false.

Manually Download and Install Tor Browser[edit]

[2]

1. Navigate to http://rqef5a5mebgq46y5.onion and download Tor Browser and the associated (.asc) file signature. Store it in /home/user/.tb.

2. Read http://expyuzz4wqqyqhjn.onion/docs/signing-keys.html to learn which PGP keys sign which packages.

3. Read http://expyuzz4wqqyqhjn.onion/docs/verifying-signatures.html and learn how to perform GPG verification. Download and import the necessary keys.

4. Verify the Tor Browser download.

5. Navigate to /home/user/.tb with the file manger. Dolphin example: Dolphin -> View -> Show Hidden Files

6. If the old version of Tor Browser is still open, close it.

7. Rename the old /home/user/.tb/tor-browser to something else.

8. Extract Tor Browser: Right-click on the downloaded archive -> extract -> extract archive here

9. The process is complete.

10. To start Tor Browser:

  • If the user intends to use the graphical user interface: Navigate to the /home/user/.tb/tor-browser folder and double-click start-tor-browser.
  • If the user intends to use a terminal, run the following command.

/home/user/.tb/tor-browser/start-tor-browser

Footnotes[edit]

  1. In addition, the user must store Tor Browser in /var/cache/tb-binary/.tb rather than /home/user/.tb. For further information, see Qubes-specific Tor Browser issues.

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