How to install Tor Browser on Linux Mint

Are you looking for commands to install Tor browser on Linux Mint 19 or Ubuntu 18/18.10, then here are those…

We can easily install Tor browser Project on Linux Mint, which runs the Tor anonymization network, is considering as a browser to increase privacy online. It uses a network of computers called Tor network in which a user’s communication is routed through the computers of several other users and is only forwarded to the open Internet via an exit node after several intermediate points. From the last point, the communication of various other users comes into the network. This is intended to disguise who originally sent the data packets.

Linux Mint: Steps to install Tor Browser

So, if you are using Linux Mint or Ubuntu then here are the steps to follow for the installation of Tor Browser.

Note: I recommend using the second method because most of the time torbrowser-launcher gives a Signature not verified error. 

#Method 1: Using official repos

Step 1: Open Linux Terminal 

Simply go to the start button which represents by the Linux Mint icon, click and search for Terminal. Alternatively, you can also use the Terminal icon given on the Taskbar to run it.

Step 2: Update the system

Run system update command to make sure all the installed packages on the system are up to date.

sudo apt update


Step 3: Add https protocol support to install Tor browser

To use source URL with HTTPS in sources.list execute the below command:

sudo apt install apt-transport-https


Step 4: Add Tor Project Repository

Although, you can directly install the Tor from the default repository of Linux Mint, however, the Tor packages that reside in it usually are not up to date. Thus, it is better to get the latest Tor browser packages directly from the source.list. Use the below command to add the Tor project repository. However, for Ubuntu 18.10 or 19 you don’t need this.

The below given is the single command and you have to copy it whole:

For Bionic:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tor.list
deb bionic main
deb-src bionic main

For Focal:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tor.list
deb focal main
deb-src focal main

Step 5: Add the gpg key used to sign the packages

It is necessary to get the key used to sign the Tor packages otherwise our system won’t be able to authenticate the genuine source and give the error.

wget -qO- | gpg --import
gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -


Step 6: Update and install Debian keyring

Update the system, so that system can recognize the added repos and also install a Debian package that will help to keep the signing key to the latest.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install tor


Step 7: Install Tor on Linux Mint

Finally, issue this installation command

sudo apt install tor


Step 8: Install Tor Browser Launcher

It is created to easily install, manage, and use this browser on the Linux operating systems.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher

Step 9: Launch the browser

Either type:torbrowser-launcher on Command terminal to launch the browse or simply go to Application and use the GUI.

Install Tor browser on Linux systems
Install Tor browser on Linux systems


#2nd Method: Using Tarball Packages

Download Tor Browser 

Instead of using the command terminal, directly visit the official website of the browser, here is the link: and click on the Linux and download the Tor browser package. You can use the default firefox of Linux Mint to open it.

After that go to the home or file manager and click on the Download folder.

Right-click on the downloaded package tor-browser-linux64-xx_en-US and Extract it using the “Open with Archine Manager” option.

Extract Tor Tarball file GUI
Extract Tor Tarball file GUI
Extract file
Extract file

Open the extracted folder.

Open tor-browser folder
Open tor-browser folder

Open command Terminal and type 

cd Downloads
cd tor-browser_en-US

Double-click on the Tor Browser setup icon and in few seconds the browser will start. If you want to create a Desktop shortcut icon for the Tor browser then simply Drag and drop the same icon on Desktop and after that, you can access it directly from there.

Finally tor browser is on the system
Finally, tor browser is on the system

2 thoughts on “How to install Tor Browser on Linux Mint”

  1. step5: gpg …

    leads to :

    E: This command can be only used by root

    using sudo leads to and homedirectory warning


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