Tor Browser Downloads

From Whonix

For those who regularly download Internet files, Tor Browser's default download folder is inconvenient. For example, if the sample image below was downloaded with Tor Browser, the download path is /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Browser/Downloads by default. It is time-consuming to navigate to this folder so far down the directory tree.

Figure: Default Tor Browser Download Folder


To make things simpler, the following steps change Tor Browser preferences so files are saved directly inside /home/user/Downloads

1. Navigate to Tor Browser preferences.

Choose one of the following three methods:

  • Click the "hamburger" symbolClick Preferences
  • Navigate to the Edit menuclick Preferencesclick General tab
  • Enter about:preferences in the Tor Browser address bar.

Figure: Tor Browser Preferences


2. Select the Save files to download option.

Figure: Custom Download Path Option


3. Change the default download folder location.

It is recommended to set /home/user/Downloads as the custom path.

Figure: Set the Custom Download Path


User files will now be downloaded to the /home/user/Downloads folder. Navigate to this folder using either Dolphin or Konsole.

To access files that were stored inside the "wrong" download folder, please press Expand on the right.

1. Start Dolphin.

2. Enable the hidden files view.

To show hidden files:

Navigate to the View menuclick Show Hidden Files

Figure: Hidden Files in Dolphin


3. Navigate to the downloaded files.

Double-click the .tb folder

Figure: Hidden Tor Browser Folder


Use the following path: tor-browserBrowserDownloads

Figure: Default Tor Browser Download Folder


Now it is possible to review the downloaded files.

Figure: Downloaded Files