Tor Browser Downloads

For users who regularly download Internet files, Tor Browser's default download folder is inconvenient. For example, if the user downloaded the sample image below using Tor Browser, by default the download path is /home/user/.tb/tor-browser/Browser/Downloads. 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, users can change Tor Browser preferences so files are saved directly inside /home/user/Downloads. To do this, follow these steps.

1. Navigate to Tor Browser Preferences

Choose one of the following three methods:

  • Click the "hamburger" symbol -> Click Preferences
  • Navigate to the Edit menu -> click Preferences -> click 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

Users are recommended to set the custom path as /home/user/Downloads

Figure: Set the Custom Download Path


User files will now be downloaded to /home/user/Downloads. You can navigate to this folder using either dolphin or konsole.

If a user has stored files inside the "wrong" download folder and needs to access them, please press Expand on the right.

1. Start Dolphin

2. Enable Hidden Files View

To show hidden files:

Navigate to the View menu -> click 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-browser -> Browser -> Downloads

Figure: Default Tor Browser Download Folder


Now the user can review the downloaded files.

Figure: Downloaded Files