I have downloaded and installed the tor browser bundle. I would like to run tor as a single process alone without the browser, so I've been launching the tor.exe which exists in [%Tor Directory%]\Browser\TorBrowser\Tor, but first I changed tor's config file torrc as follow:

SocksPort 9200

but the listening port used by tor has never changed, and tor keeps listening on the same default port which is 9050. Note that "torrc" file is located in [%Tor Directory%]\Browser\TorBrowser\Data.

I would like to know why tor is not listening on the configured port? is there any missing step that I should be aware of?

  • Where is the original torrc and where did you place your changes?
    – Jens Kubieziel
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 7:23
  • As i just said, the torrc file exists in the installation folder of tor \Browser\TorBrowser\Data
    – Joe-ka
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 8:20
  • As of June 16, 2019 Tor Win Dir torproject.org/download/tor
    – Jef Mar
    Commented Jun 16, 2019 at 20:55

2 Answers 2


The torrc file should be in Browser\TorBrowser\Data\Tor, not Browser\TorBrowser\Data.

Check if the the file is in correct path. Check also that the torrc-defaults file which may be overriding the changes in your torrc.


Is there a reason why you want to run the Tor process from the TBB? If not, I think a standalone Tor (expert bundle) installation could be better suited for your needs. You can get it here.

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