I have downloaded the most recent version of the Tor bundle 6.5.2 for Mac. When I open the Tor browser I get a message "the proxy server is refusing connections". I have followed the instructions (on YouTube and other sites) to set the Preferences>Advanced>Network>Settings>to Manual Proxy Configuration and select SOCKS Host and Port 9150. I don't really know what a 'proxy' is or how to fix this so that i can use the browser.

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    You shouldn't be changing the proxy settings, it sounds like something broke during the installation: Uninstall it, delete the ~/Library/Application Support/TorBrowser-Data folder then reinstall the app. (this will remove any bookmarks you have saved on Tor Browser, if any)
    – cacahuatl
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 3:43
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    I received this error on Mac OS when I tried to run the browser directly from the DMG instead of copying Tor Browser to Applications. Closing Tor Browser, installing the browser in Applications, and restarting Tor Browser (running from Applications) fixed this error for me.
    – bradreaves
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 19:32
  • See here (tor project bug report): trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/9413 Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 11:54
  • Reinstalling worked for me. Unfortunately, I changed folder place and name, that's what caused the problem.
    – Manu
    Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 1:45
  • i downloaded tor browser. but it alwways says the proxy sever is refusing connections. Idk what to do. Plus i have seen the above queries...where can i find that application folder? JUst want to get deep into dark web soon..... can"t wait foe it...
    – Anonymous
    Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 5:02

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So wierd. I faced this problem in my windows. I figured the issue could be similar with my tor browser aswell. The tor browser application is in a new folder in Desktop. Recently I move everything from my desktop to another new folder in my desktop. Started having this issue. I moved the files back to how it was and then tor started working. Bizarre. Hope this helps if anyone else is facing this issue on a windows.


I had the same issue and then I realized that I ignored the initial pop-up when starting Tor that suggests to move the downloaded .dmg file to Applications (just as @bradreaves recommends above in his comment).

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Just a note to myself, because the .dmg file was already in Applications when the above window popped up after double clicking the .dmg:

  1. Click on the Tor Browser icon in the above window

  2. Drag it in the Applications folder

  • Followed Attila's answer and it worked for me! Thanks!
    – Sheree
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 0:07
  • Please don't add "thank you" as an answer. Once you have sufficient reputation, you will be able to vote up questions and answers that you found helpful. - From Review
    – user78
    Commented Apr 8, 2018 at 17:37

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