Install Tor Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 - Step by Step process to do it ?

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.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform Software Installation tasks on Ubuntu Server Systems.

In this context, we shall look into how to install the Tor browser on the Linux system Ubuntu 20.04.

Also you can use the same steps to implement on other Linux distributions like Debian 10 and Linux Mint 20.

How to install Tor Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 ?

Follow the steps given below to install the Tor browser on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

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.

i. Access and Launch the 'Terminal' application quickly by pressing the 'Ctrl+Alt+t' keys.

ii. 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

iii. After implementing the above task, press 'Enter' to continue this process.

The PPA repository will add to your system.

2. Install the Tor browser

i. 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

ii. Now, execute the below-given command to download and start the installation of Tor Browser on your Ubuntu system:

$ sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher

This will get Tor installed on your system.

3. Launch Tor Browser

Now, you will install all the required dependencies. 

Here, launch the Tor Browser interface then, it will automatically download all necessary packages. 

i. First, access the 'Activities search bar' and enter 'Tor browser launcher' in the search bar. 

ii. As a result, you will see the icon of Tor browser. Click on it to launch Tor.

iii. So you can 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.

iv. Now, you need to configure Tor by clicking on the 'Connect' button.

Now, the connection will establish to the Tor network.

This will display the Tor browser interface on your desktop in the browser.

How to uninstall 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.

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This article covers 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.

When you use the Tor Browser, the connection to the website you are viewing is encrypted and protected from network surveillance and traffic analysis.

To Install Tor Browser Launcher on Ubuntu:

1. Add the Tor Browser Launcher PPA repository using the following command: 

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:micahflee/ppa.

2. Once the repository is enabled, update the apt package list and install the Tor Browser Launcher package by typing: 

$ sudo apt update 
$ sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher.

To uninstall Tor Kali Linux:

1. Locate your Tor Browser folder. On Linux, there is no default location, however the folder will be named "tor-browser_en-US" if you are running the English Tor Browser.

2. Delete the Tor Browser folder.

3. Empty your Trash.

To Update Tor Browser on Ubuntu ?

To help keep you secure, Tor Browser will automatically update itself when a new version is released.

Execute the following commands in your terminal:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher

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