How to install Tor browser on Kali Linux via Terminal

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If you are using Kali Linux for ethical hacking and testing then Tor browser (Tb) would your priority because of anonymity it can provide online.

The Tor Browser is the simplest possible way to be on the web and to use the anonymization options of the anonymization network Tor. If some basic rules are followed, this way offers a high level of security.

After installing and starting the Tor browser, the software’s Tor module automatically connects to the secured network. The entire data traffic of the connected browser – here a specially configured Firefox is used – is then passed through anonymously.

Here we will learn the steps to install Tor on Kali Linux using the Command line terminal.

Steps to install Tor browser on Kali Linux

Here we are using the 2019 version of this OS that is the latest one along with latest 9.X browser setup.

Step 1: Open the command terminal

It will be in the dock or you can directly run terminal from the Applications.

Step 2: Update Kali Linux

To make sure all the installed packages on your system are up to date, use the below command:

sudo apt update

Step 3: Create a new user in Kali Linux for Tor browser

As we know Kali doesn’t allow running Tor browser under root user thus, we need to create one with low privileges.

adduser --home /home/h2s

When it says to enter a new password, do that.

Note: Here we are using h2s as our new user, you can replace it with the one you want to create.

Step 4: Log out and log in

Now logout and login Kali Linux with your newly created user. Here our is h2s.

Step 5: Download Tor Browser tar file

Open your Kali default system browser, go to the download page of TorBrowser and get the setup for Linux.

Step 6: Extract the Tar file

Use the terminal and switch to Downloads directory:

cd Downloads

Extract file:

tar -xvf file name

In our case:

tar -xvf tor-browser-linux64-9.0.3_en-US.tar.xz

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Download and extract Tor browser Tar file

Step 7: Create Tor browser Desktop shortcut

Now, open home directory given on the Desktop and click on the Downloads folder. Under that, you will find extracted tor-brwowser_en-US folder open that too.

Then right-click on the To Browser shortcut and select Send To followed by Desktop (CreateLink).

Alternatively, you can copy this already created shortcut present in the Tor folder directly to Desktop or anywhere from where you want to start it.

Creating Tor Browser Desktop shortcut on Kali Linux-min
Creating Tor Browser Desktop shortcut on Kali Linux

Step 8 Run the browser

Finally, everything is done, just double click on the TorBrowser Desktop shortcut to run it.

Start Tor Browser in Kali Linux 2019
Start Tor Browser in Kali Linux 2019

Moreover, you can always run the root commands from the created user’s terminal, by switching to the root user:

su root

Thus, no need to log in as root user to Graphical Desktop Environment.

Rajkumar Maurya
Rajkumar Maurya is the H2S Media tech expert. He’s always been passionate about technology and has been writing on the subject since 2014. He has extensive knowledge of all kinds of technology, from consumer-tech to enterprise solutions. You can contact the author at--


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