Installing/running TOR on Linux distros

TOR – The onion routing – famous for anonymity. TOR browser gives user an edge to be anonymous while browsing.

Installing TOR on windows box is easy but in linux especially as  root user there are some issues. Following errors I faced to execute or open TOR browser :

1. The bundle cannot be run as a root user
2. The browser unexpectedly closed and requires reboot.

Steps to fix the issue – remember its not required to create a new user. Root can run the browser.

1. Open start-tor-browser in nano, leafpad, gedit etc and comment the function as below :
#if [ “`id -u`” -eq 0 ]; then
# complain “The Tor Browser Bundle should not be run as root. Exiting.”
# exit 1
2. Open terminal and change ownership of root:
chown -hR root tor-browser_en-US/

Open browser by ./start-tor-browser.desktop

Happy TORing…..

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