I followed the instructions to install Tor in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

When I invoke Tor from the command line it proceeds to the point that I'm told that it has bootstrapped 100% and a circuit is established. But then I keep getting the warning,

Got a certificate for ides, but we already have it. Maybe they haven't updated it. Waiting for a while.

and it loops forever.

I am also warned that I have an old version of Tor,, although my understanding is that the correct version should have been installed. Doc says that apt-get update will fix my problem but it seems to do so. Not Good. In the end I don't care what flavor of *nix I run since I won't use the machine for anything but for running the relay currently on my other machine, but I heard Ubuntu is easy to use.

My torrc is vanilla except for changing SocksPort to 9053 so that it wouldn't collide w / my relay running on another machine.

  1. How to I get Tor to boot successfully ?
  2. How do I get the latest version?

This is but my second day of using *nix, so be gentle and detailed w/ me.

2 Answers 2


You should not use the packages from Ubuntu repository as the Debian/Ubuntu Instructions page (also linked above :) explains:

Do not use the packages in Ubuntu's universe. In the past they have not reliably been updated. That means you could be missing stability and security fixes.

You just need to go to the download page and select GNU/Linux[..] option. Tor Browser Bundle will come with an up-to-date version of Tor.

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    torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-unix.html.en says, "If you're using Ubuntu, don't use the default packages: use our deb repository (torproject.org/docs/debian.html.en#ubuntu) instead, which is what I did. This seemed to be reinforced by Roger D.'s answer 9/28/13 to a similar Ubuntu-related question. Your answer was spot-on, thank you. Perhaps the documentation isn't clear on this installation point. Just a thought. P
    – user1398
    Mar 19, 2014 at 15:52

Ubuntu 12.04 ships Tor at the moment. Assuming you made a typo (25 instead of 35) it seems you have installed this version. Open a terminal and enter apt-cache policy tor. Now you'll see what version is installed and if there is maybe an update.

If you don't see a newer version of Tor check the steps at the instruction page. Make sure to have the line

deb     http://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org precise main

in your /etc/apt/sources.list or the file where you keep this information. Furthermore it is important to execute an apt-get update. Only after this step apt is able to find the new version of Tor.

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