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Choose one of the following two options. If unsure, the "automatic update" option is easier and recommended.

 * [[#Automatic_update|Automatic update]]
 * [[#Manual_update|Manual update]]


Tor Browser protects your privacy while you are surfing the Internet: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.

Tor Browser is based on Firefox and will be familiar to many users.

To keep your protection strong you need to update the Tor Browser regularly. In Debian the easier way to do that is to install Tor Browser using torbrowser-launcher. Which automatically install Tor Browser, run it, update it to keep its protection strong and protect your privacy.


  1. Using Terminal as Root execute the following command
    apt-get install torbrowser-launcher
  2. Run the browser in GNOME by typing "Tor Browser" in the Activities Search. Alternatively, run it form the Terminal by entering torbrowser-launcher command.

  3. On the first start the new version of the browser will automatically be downloaded and installed. On every subsequent run a check for updates will be done.


Choose one of the following two options. If unsure, the "automatic update" option is easier and recommended.

Automatic update

Tor Browser will automatically prompt you to update the software once a new version has been released. The Torbutton icon will display a small yellow triangle. When you are prompted to update Tor Browser:

  1. Click on the Torbutton icon
  2. Select “Check for Tor Browser Update” option. If needed see those screenshots to clarify the location.

  3. When Tor Browser has finished checking for updates, click on the “Update” button.
  4. Wait for the update to download and install, then restart Tor Browser. You will now be running the latest version.

Alternatively, if you installed Tor Browser using the torbrowser-launcher package. Simply close all Tor Browser windows. Then re-open Tor Browser. It will automatically check if a new version is available. Follow the instructions on your screen.

Manual update

  1. When you are prompted to update Tor Browser, finish the browsing session and close the program.
  2. Remove Tor Browser from your system by deleting the folder that contains it. If needed see that Uninstalling section for more information.

  3. Visit https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en and download a copy of the latest Tor Browser release, then install it as before.

Advanced Tor Usage

Torrc File Location

Wheezy-Backports 64 Bit

If you installed "torbrowser-launcher" using "wheezy-backports" on 64 bit. The "torrc" advanced configuration file is located at:

  • ~/.local/share/torbrowser/tbb/x86_64/tor-browser_en-US/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Tor/torrc

Related documentation

See also