How to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

Tor, also referred to as The Onion Router, is open-source, free software that permits anonymous communication when using online services like web surfing. The Tor network directs the web traffic through an accessible worldwide volunteer overlay network with over six thousand relays and continues to grow. Many users want to search out more ways to stay their information and activities anonymous or as private as possible, which has led to Tor Browser growing quite popular in recent years because it conceals a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

The Tor network is intended to protect the personal privacy of users and their freedom and ability from conducting communication without having their activities monitored, and data were taken without their consent and used to sum it up.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux workstation desktop using Fedora 36’s default repository or downloading the browser manually and how to install it manually with tips on registering the application icon.

Install Tor Browser – DNF Method

The easiest option for the average desktop user environment is to install Tor Browser with Fedora 36’s default repository. The manual method is an optional feature after the DNF method, but it is more for learning purposes.

Use the following command to successfully install Tor Browser.

sudo dnf install torbrowser-launcher -y

Install Tor Browser – Manual Method

The second installation option is to install Tor Browser using the latest archive from the downloads page. This method gives you the absolute latest version, but sometimes you will need to repeat the process for significant browser changes, but for the most part, it should self-update in the browser itself.

First, use the wget command to download the latest .tar.xz link as follows:

wget https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/{version}/tor-browser-linux64-{version}_en-US.tar.xz

Note the above command is an example only. Make sure to check for the latest version.

Once you have downloaded the installation archive, extract it using:

Example only:

tar -xvJf tor-browser-linux64-{version}_en-US.tar.xz

Now, CD into the directory with.

cd tor-browser*

To start Tor Browser and set up configuration installation, use the following command:

./start-tor-browser.desktop 

Note that this will launch Tor Browser. However, you will not see it in your Show Applications menu. To install the Tor Browser icon, you will need to add –register-app to the end of the command as follows:

./start-tor-browser.desktop --register-app

Launch & Configure Tor Browser

Now that you have the Tor Browser installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

tor-browser

If you would like to launch TOR and use the terminal, send it to the background:

tor-browser &

Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:

flatpak run com.github.micahflee.torbrowser-launcher

The Tor Browser can be launched from the applications menu by following the path.

Activities > Show Applications > Tor Browser.

Example:

How to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

On the first launch, you will come across the following window.

The first time you open Tor Browser, you will see a minor window advising Tor to download the required software for the first time; this should not be as large going forward except for significant releases as minor updates are slight.

Once launched, you will arrive at the Connect to Tor window.

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How to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

Most users would use Connect by default, but optionally you can configure different settings like proxies.

Tor Network settings can use proxy settings for countries with tight restrictions or users who want more privacy to use proxy connections. Please make sure you are not breaking any laws using this.

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How to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

In the tutorial, the method used was to connect straight to the network as most users would. When you click connect, Depending on your location, it may take 2 to 10 seconds to connect to the network, and you will see this message while connecting.

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How to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

Once connected, you will get the following page.

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How to Install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

Congratulations, you have connected to the Tor Network through your Tor Browser.

Tor Onion Services

When using Tor Browser, instead of using regular websites, you can elect to use part of the Online services of the Tor Network. The websites, however, must be available in this format, and if they are, they use a .onion address.

For those unfamiliar with onion services, they are anonymous network services that are exposed over the Tor network. In contrast to conventional Internet services, onion services are private, generally not indexed by search engines, and use self-certifying domain names long and complex for humans to read.

Some notable sites using .onion services are:

To see more services visit the wiki page List of Tor onion services.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Tor Browser on Fedora 36 Linux using the DNF package manager method or the manual installation using the Tor Browser downloadable archive format.

The Tor Network is great for staying anonymous when browsing the web, but it comes at a price. When using this browser, you may experience slower load times and fewer website options because many sites choose to block access from specific locations to keep their visitors safe or comply with court orders issued against them if they are being surveilled by law enforcement agents who would rather not reveal themselves while visiting these pages.



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