I have reserched a lot on the subject of how to run multiple Tor Browsers simultaneously, and independently, but could not find anything so far that make that possible.

How may I arrange the Tor Browser set-up so that I may use multiple instances of Tor Browsers running simultaneously and independently?


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I answered this here.

This method launches multiple Tor instances, each with its own SocksPort and ControlPort. This ensures that the Tor Browsers are fully functional, portable, and self-contained. However, someone should confirm that I haven't missed anything that could compromise TBs security.

  1. Optional: Download, verify, and install Tor Browser.
  2. Make copies of the Tor Browser folder with different names (eg. Number them)
  3. Launch Tor Browser
  4. Edit about:config
    • Modify extensions.torlauncher.control_port to a new ControlPort (eg. 9052 for Tor Browser 2)
  5. Edit Torbutton Preferences
    • Use custom proxy settings, and change the Port to SocksPort (eg. 9152 for Tor Browser 2)
  6. Close Tor Browser
  7. Edit torrc-defaults in \TorBrowser\Data\Tor
    • Change SocksPort to what you set in step 5
    • Change ControlPort to what you set in step 4
  8. Launch Tor Browser, and check that everything was configured correctly
    • Homepage (about:tor) should say "Congratulations!"
    • Click "Test Tor Network Settings". check.torproject.org should say "Congratulations."
    • Go to ip-check.info. Test should be all green and orange except Tab name. Authentication should be "protected". Note: It may not say that you are using Tor, but this is incorrect.
    • Optional: Go to ipleak.net for IP, DNS, Geolocation, Browser and other info
    • Optional: Test your browser fingerprint at panopticlick.eff.org
  9. Optional: Edit about:config
    • Type “banned" and modify the ports of the two entries. Add all the new SocksPort and ControlPort to the list (Copy the ports from other Tor Browsers)
  10. Optional: Turn on “Forbid Scripts Globally” in NoScript for further security and privacy (also reduces browser fingerprint)
  11. Repeat 3-10 for each Tor Browser folder

Alternatively, this might be possible with a single Tor instance as the SocksPort and ControlPort. This would require the use of the control_auth_cookie (CookieAuthentication) or HashedControlPassword, and about:config extensions.torlauncher.start_tor=false. However, the browsers would not be self-contained and portable, as they would require a process that isn’t in their own directory.

Inspired by mirimir's answer which seemed to compromise TB's security.

  • Where is about:config.
    – pete
    Commented Jun 24, 2017 at 22:35

There are some answers to your question in this Q&A: How to run multiple Tor browsers with different IPs?

But, I have not tried them so I can not testify that these methods work. However, there is one other method suggested here:

You may setup your computer with Two or several operating systems. In each operating system you may run an independent Tor Browser. I have not tried this, but you may even be able to create different identities in given operating system, and try to run a different Tor Browser in each of these different identities.

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