How to install Tor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

How to install Tor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”

This tutorial is all about how to install Tor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”. First, we might wanna know what really is a Tor thing. So, here’s all you want to know about Tor.

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. It was initially a worldwide network of servers developed by the U.S. Navy that enabled people to browse the internet anonymously. Now, it’s a non-profit organization whose main purpose is the research and development of online privacy tools.

Here are some short and sweet steps on installing Tor on our Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”.

1. Adding Tor Repository

First of all, we’ll need to add the repository source so that the package manager ie apt can fetch the required software package from the Tor’s Repository. To do so, we’ll need to run the following commands in a terminal or a shell.

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tor_repo.list

Then, we’ll need to add the following lines into the text editor as shown below.

deb trusty main
deb-src trusty main

Then we’ll need to add the gpg key which is used to sign the packages. To do that, we’ll run the following commands.

$ gpg --keyserver --recv 886DDD89
$ gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add

2. Updating the Repository Index

After we have finished installing adding the repository source list. We’ll need to update our local repository index so that we can use it to fetch tor. We’ll run apt manager to update the repository index.

$ sudo apt-get update

3. Installing TOR

Now, finally, we’ll install TOR by running apt manager in a terminal.

$ sudo apt-get install tor

4. Running TOR

Finally, as we have successfully installed it in our Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver” machine, we’ll now want to run tor client daemon out of the box. To run tor, we’ll need to run the following command in a terminal with root permission.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/tor start

Now, as we can see that our daemon is running, we now need to configure the network connection of the application or browser we want to get anonymous. The only small thing we’ll need to do is to set the proxy IP: port to which will point to the TOR network.


In this tutorial, we learned how to install Tor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver” box. Tor is really an awesome project. It enables us to remain anonymous but to be honest, the level of anonymous is not 100% secure and anonymous. Some Government organizations like NSA, FBI can really break into through this and can check whether you are running tor or not. So, please be secure and beware from the Government. Tor network consists of an awesome anonymity network.

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