I tried installing Tor from the software center and it does not open when I click it and hangs when I run it from the terminal.

I also tried download the 64-bit ZIP , extracting and running it but it says Tor unexpectedly exited.

  • using sudo apt-get install tor I can install it fine. what's the error you're getting/where is it getting hung up? Commented May 22, 2016 at 0:46
  • It gets stuck at May 22 06:54:38.000 [notice] Bootstrapped 100%: Done.
    – Suici Doga
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 1:25
  • this is after running sudo apt-get install tor? Commented May 22, 2016 at 2:21
  • @TimothyGray Yes after installing it and running tor from the terminal
    – Suici Doga
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 3:45
  • ok so the problem is more with running it rather than installing as such. will see what I can find out. Commented May 22, 2016 at 4:15

2 Answers 2


You need to get the Tor Browser Bundle (I'm not sure if there's a version of this in the repositories). Extract to a convenient location, and in a terminal window execute

cd /path-to-extracted-folder/

and then


Tor should start now.

Source: https://askubuntu.com/questions/316105/tor-browser-not-opening

  • I tried that as well but the only thing that happens, is that Loki opens an editor and displays the script, but it does not run. Regards, Dragomrak
    – dragomrak
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 16:01
  • you need to find the executable tor file in your extracted folder run it. For example ./tor.sh The file Timothy Gray was telling you to run is the desktop shortcut, not the executable. But the executable file and path will be listed in that file.But if you look at the instructions he linked it says to run ./start-tor-browser, not ./start-tor-browser.desktop. So give that a try.
    – pretz
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 16:04
  • Thank your for your answer. I'll give it a try. :-) Regards, Dragomrak
    – dragomrak
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 5:32

The answer Timothy Gray provides works for me. But I wanted to have the Tor-application integrated into my Graphical Desktop environment, and put it in the Dock for easy access.

When you open the file "start-tor-browser.desktop" into an editor, you can see one line that is important for this:

You can also add Tor Browser to your desktop's application menu
by running './start-tor-browser.desktop --register-app'

So I tried

./start-tor-browser.desktop --register-app
Launching './Browser/start-tor-browser --detach --register-app'...
Tor Browser has been registered as a desktop app for this user in ~/.local/share/applications/

After that I could look up the Tor-browser in the Applications-menu (or with <Windows-key><spacebar>) and choose for 'Keep in dock'.

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