Tor is a customized version of the Firefox browser. In this browser, web traffic routes through the Tor network to make it anonymous and private. Most of us familiar with this browser, Tor is an option for many users, who wish to use the web as an anonymous person. It provides security to people by hiding their details and conceal their IP address, browsing history. Tor browser allows people to communicate with others without having tension about hackers or their ISPs are monitoring them. Using Tor browser, users can access the clear and deep net. However, the use of the Tor browser comes with some drawbacks. If you will use this browser, you need to suffer slow browsing problems compared to a regular network connection, and most of the high authority websites block Tor users. Moreover, the use of the Tor browser is considered illegal in many countries by the government-enforced firewall.
We will go through a brief overview on how to install the Tor browser on the Linux system Ubuntu 20.04 in this article. All the steps you can implement on other Linux distributions like Debian 10 and LinuxMint 20. So, let’s start this article in more detail:
Implement the below-given steps to install the Tor browser on Ubuntu 20.04 system:
Step 1: Add PPA project maintainer repository
To get the latest version of the Tor browser on our system, we will download the Tor from the project maintainer repository. Therefore, we need to add the PPA repository to Ubuntu 20.04.
Access and Launch the ‘Terminal’ application quickly by pressing the ‘Ctrl+Alt+t’ keys.
Now, type the below-mentioned command on the terminal to add the PPA repository on the Ubuntu system:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:micahflee/ppa
After implementing the above task, press ‘Enter’ to continue this process. The PPA repository will add to your system.
Step 2: Install the Tor browser
Once the PPA repository is added to your Ubuntu 20.04 system. It is necessary to update the packages repository by running the below-given command:
$ sudo apt update
Now, execute the below-given command to download and start the installation of Tor Browser on your Ubuntu system:
$ sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher
Just like the below-given screenshot, Tor will be installed on your system.
Step 3: Launch Tor Browser
Now, you will install all the required dependencies. For this purpose, launch the Tor Browser interface then, it will automatically download all necessary packages. First, access the ‘Activities search bar’ and enter ‘Tor browser launcher’ in the search bar. As results, you will see the following icon of Tor browser click on it to launch Tor:
The following dialog will display on the Desktop. Click on the ‘Install Tor Browser’ button and Wait for a few minutes, installation and verification will finish in a while.
For first time use, it will download the Tor browser:
Now, you need to configure Tor by clicking on the ‘Connect’ button.
Now, the connection will establish to the Tor network as follows:
When the above process will complete, the following Tor browser interface will display on your desktop in the browser:
Tor browser is installed on your system now.
Removing or uninstalling Tor browser from Ubuntu 20.04
After using, if you have decided to remove the Tor from your Ubuntu system then, type the following command to uninstall the Tor browser:
$ sudo apt remove torbrowser-launcher
Tor browser should be removed from your system after executing the above command.
We have seen in this article, how you can install the Tor browser on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux distribution. Now, you can use and do web browsing privately and in a secure way on your system. You can visit your local websites, your network service providers may block this browser. I hope, when you follow the above-mentioned instruction, you will easily install Tor on your Ubuntu 20.04 system.
Samreena Aslam holds a master’s degree in Software Engineering. She’s a technical writer and has written various articles on different Linux flavours including Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS and Mint.