how to install tor on kali linux

How To Easily Install Tor on Kali Linux

Enabling Tor on Kali Linux is pretty useful and is not that complicated. As often, Kali as everything we need included in the default repository, so it’s great. You can quickly switch to the Tor browser if you want to stay anonymous online.

The Tor protocol and the Tor browser are both available by default in the Kali Linux repository. So, Tor can be installed by using the package manager (APT) in one command: “sudo apt install torbrowser-laucher”.

Need a more step-by-step guide? Keep reading for the full story about installation and use of this protocol.

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How to install Tor Browser on Kali Linux

The Tor Browser is available in the default Kali Linux repositories. The package’s name is “torbrowser-launcher” and can be installed with APT in one command.

I like how things are often easier on Kali Linux that a typical Debian system, and it’s once again the case with Tor. As it’s a common application to be added on this system, they make it easy for us.

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You can add the Tor browser to your system by opening a terminal and typing:
sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher

It’s a small package, with few dependencies, so it should be available quickly.

Getting started with Tor Browser on Kali Linux

Using Tor Browser is not that different from using a traditional web browser. There are just a few things to check on the first run to make sure the Tor network is enabled in the browser configuration.

First start

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Once installed, you can start Tor Browser from the main menu, a shortcut has been added under “Internet”.

The default Internet icon in the top bar is not updated (still Firefox), which is probably a good thing (you don’t need Tor for everything, like reading this tutorial).

Anyway, on the first start, Tor Browser will ask if you want to connect to the Tor network and if it should be done automatically or not. I suggest checking the “Always connect automatically” box, and then click on “Connect”.

There is no point in using Tor Browser if you don’t browse the web via the Tor network, so we might as well enable it all the time. You can decide to use it only for anonymous browsing, and keep Firefox or any other web browser the rest of the time, so you don’t have to worry about this.

Once done, you get access to the default page, with DuckDuckGo as the search engine.

If you don’t know, DuckDuckGo is an alternative to the Google search engine that focuses on user privacy. It’s a good fit when you use Tor Browser (I guess if you don’t want to share your data via the Google browser, you don’t want to use their search engine either).

Testing Tor connectivity

One last step, before using Tor Browser like any web browser, is to check that you’re properly connected to the Internet via the Tor network.

You can use the official Tor network tool for this, here’s the link:
http://check.torproject.org/

If you followed this tutorial carefully, you should get a green message, looking like this:

If you get a red message saying that you’re not using Tor, you probably missed the previous step, or are not using Tor Browser.

By the way, the IP address mentioned on this page shouldn’t be your real public IP address, it’s one of the Tor network nodes (the last one you go through I guess).

If I use an IP tester tool to get details about the IP address associated with my connection, it gives me another one, and locates me in the Netherlands (where I’m not):

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That’s the goal of using Tor Browser instead of the other options.

Our connection goes through the Tor network, our public IP is hidden, and the traffic encrypted, which should keep your data and Internet history safe.

Other options and settings

Except for the specific connection method used by Tor Browser, the browser usage in itself is very much like Firefox. This is not a surprise because Tor Browser is based on Firefox.

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If you’re used to Firefox and open the settings, you shouldn’t be lost, that’s basically the same:

Feel free to browse the options available, change your default browser, search engine or language there if you want.

The only new thing here is the “Connection” tab, which you may need to check if you get issues by using Tor in your country, location, or network. In most cases, you don’t have to change anything there.

Final thoughts

Using Tor Browser is great to keep your privacy online, but remember that using Tor Browser will slow down your Internet connection.

I got a speed test of around 75 MB/s with Chromium, but only 15 MB/s via Tor. It’s fine if you have a decent connection, but can be very slow if your base speed is already not that good.

Except for that, using Tor Browser is not that different from using Firefox, enjoy!

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