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 '15 at 5:07
  • If I start tor.exe, the socks5 port seems to be 9050 instead of 9150. – harry haller Apr 17 '15 at 18:51

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.

  • 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 '15 at 11:03

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