How to Install Tor in Ubuntu from official repository

December 8, 2013

Tor repository

This tutorial shows how to install Tor – a free software for enabling online anonymity – via its official repository in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 10.04

It’s not recommended to use the default Tor packages in Ubuntu’s universe repository because have not reliably been updated in the past, which means you could be missing stability and security fixes.

NOTE: What follows is going to show how to install Tor (standalone), you’ll need to manually configure your apps to use Tor.

If you just want to use Tor for anonymous web browsing, please use the Tor Browser Bundle. It comes with readily configured Tor and a browser patched for better anonymity.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, follow below steps:

1. Paste command below and hit enter to add Tor repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tor.list'

2. Download and install the key:

gpg --keyserver --recv 886DDD89

gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -

3. Now refresh your sources and install deb to keep the signing key current:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install

Finally, the latest stable Tor is available in Ubuntu Software Center.

See the Wiki page for more

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