After extracting the tor-browser.tar.xz, I found there are two things in the tor- browser folder. One is a Browser folder and the other is a start-tor-browser file, which I used to be able to open as a executable file in Linux Mint, but this time I was on Ubuntu. How can I make start-tor-browser an executable file to start Tor Browser with, so that I don't need to launch the Tor Browser using the terminal every time.

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From the command line you can make the file executable by running:

chmod +x start-tor-browser.sh

(where start-tor-browser.sh is the name of the start script, which I can't remember off the top of my head).

In Ubuntu you can tell Nautilus to run the script instead of opening it in Gedit by following these instructions from Ask Ubuntu.

  • I do as what you say, but nothing change, I still need to launch the tor browser using terminal. Can you provide me another way to solve this problem ?
    – chinashieh
    Dec 15, 2014 at 1:18
  • What is happening when you attempt to double click on the start-tor-browser script? Can you provide more information?
    – Sam Whited
    Dec 15, 2014 at 3:03
  • It will be opened by gedit, and if I choose to open it using terminal, there would be nothing happen. BTW, the way I launch tor browser before using terminal is to open a terminal,and use "cd" command to get into the tor directory, and type "./star-tor-browser" to launch tor browser.
    – chinashieh
    Dec 15, 2014 at 5:56
  • Updated with a link to this question on Ask Ubuntu (this question really has nothing to do with Tor, but we can leave it here as it may help other people in future).
    – Sam Whited
    Dec 15, 2014 at 17:59

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