I can't find a non-installer download for the browser bundle for Windows anymore.

I still see non-installers for Mac/Linux.

Did they remove it? Why??? I hate installers since you don't know if they put stuff into the registry or user folders. When you just extract an archive you know where the files goes, THAT'S what I want.

Anyone know if you can still get a non-installer Tor Browser bundle?

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You could always build on Onion Pi or just buy a router already loaded with it like PAPARouter ( cheap: 100.00) U can anonymize all your stuff then. Nothing the Feds love better than zero day exploits on the Windows browser bundle anyway

  • Off topic but maybe useful for someone.
    – Peter
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 16:56

Just go to the download page. Depending from your operating system (or the one your browser reports) you'll see the download button for Windows/Linux/Mac. Also at the main download site there are links to all versions. Select the correct version and download it. At the moment the download link for windows points to https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/3.5.3/torbrowser-install-3.5.3_en-US.exe.

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    Which is the exact same installer I'm talking about. I don't want an installer. Just wondering why the hell they are forcing an installer on us all of a sudden.
    – Peter
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 16:55
  • Can.... Can you not read?
    – Fake Name
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 1:14

Well this is not a zip but 7z can unzip this exe no problem (tried it) and then you can just move the "Start Tor Browser.exe" to the "$_OUTDIR" folder and you have in effect the same deal without having to execute the file.

  • Currently it's not a 7z archive anymore.
    – Fr0sT
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 10:41

Peter: Your concerns are understandable, since on the Windows platform, "installer" programs historically have been used to keep many kinds of mischief hidden from the user that invokes them - but in this case, it's more like a self-extracting ZIP file, and made like that for the benefit of those who wouldn't know what to do with the file otherwise. As user1452 says, you can always use a program like 7-Zip to do the extracting for you, but if you don't trust the makers of Tor themselves to create a working copy of Tor on your system without it harming your system or leaving evidence of Tor's existence buried somewhere, then perhaps you're too paranoid to use the Internet in any form.

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    I disagree. The file could be changed, or a request replacement could occur, replacing the file. It should be run in a sandbox or vm (also a sandbox), if you want the most security. Requiring installation means if it's replaced (either on the server or in the middle of the download), then you're SOL.
    – JVE999
    Commented May 8, 2014 at 3:22
  • @JVE999, the file is merely packaged in a way that allows users to double-click on the file to unpack it - which uses facilities built into Windows that are, confusingly, collectively referred to as the "Windows installer". Also, as much as many other program suppliers try to conflate the two, "download" and "install" are two separate and distinct operations. In the case of Tor, there's no reason to be on the Internet at all while you "run" the "installer" file.
    – user1128
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 21:05

I wonder why they force using installer as well, it's frustrating. And installer is not 7z SFX anymore. So the only option is to install the app from distr and pack it yourself. I also found repo with portable bundle but IDK how trustworthy it is.

  • unfortunately not updated for 3y, but the finding is good.
    – mh-cbon
    Commented Jun 6, 2019 at 19:58

Current as of writing this - directory browsing is turned on so you can go to https://dist.torproject.org/torbrowser/ and look through it yourself.

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