I have installed the tor-browser-package and I'd like to use tor only in combination with Thunderbird\torbirdy and without Firefox therefore I tried to start only tor.exe (I also tried tor.exe with some parameter (https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-manual.html.en)) but torbirdy seems not to work in this case. Is there a way to start only tor without the Firefox browser under Windows?

  • Strange, the tor packaged with tor-browser is a full blown tor binary and shouldn't be chained to tor-browser. Did your try tor.exe --defaults-torrc [path to torrc]? What errors does starting tor give? Or does it start properly without error and torbirdy just not work afterwords?
    – nullUser
    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:07
  • If I start tor.exe, the socks5 port seems to be 9050 instead of 9150. Apr 17, 2015 at 18:51

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You can run tor.exe without Tor browser in this way:

1) Copy torrc.defaults into the directory in which tor.exe is
2) Open cmd prompt windows
3) chdir to the directory where tor.exe is
4) Execute cmd line: tor.exe -f .\torrc.defaults

You will see tor is running and Socks listening on port 9150, Control listening on port 9151.

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    Correct however in my installation it is torrc-defaults instead of torrc.defaults. Default directory if you are using Tor browser is: "~\Tor Browser\Browser\TorBrowser\Data\Tor".
    – Ogglas
    Sep 30, 2015 at 11:03
  • For me, the working port is 9050. (proxy-server="socks=")
    – mostafa a
    May 3, 2021 at 10:39

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