I already have install tor-browser installed and working on my Ubuntu. However when I try to install tor to use torify on terminal, I get the following error

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it.
Suggested packages:
  mixmaster xul-ext-torbutton socat tor-arm polipo privoxy apparmor-utils
Recommended packages:
  tor-geoipdb torsocks
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 64 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/787 kB of archives.
After this operation, 2,662 kB of additional disk space will be used.
(Reading database ... 341697 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../tor_0.2.4.27-1build0.14.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking tor ( ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/tor_0.2.4.27-1build0.14.04.1_amd64.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/bin/tor', which is also in package tor-browser 3.5.4
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-16) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ( ...
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

This is happening because of the conflict with already installed package tor-browser. But I don't want to remove the browser.

How can I use torify along with tor browser install on Linux?

  • 1
    Why not use Tor from TBB without installing another one? As can you see, the Tor's version that you're trying to install is an old one.. so try out with Tor from TBB that is located in tor-browser/Browser/TorBrowser/Tor
    – user3524
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 9:57
  • You don't have to configure Tor Browser to install standalone tor. Instructions for installing tor on Ubuntu are here. Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 12:52

2 Answers 2


The solution is to uninstall the dodgy tor-browser package and either use torbrowser-launcher from the Ubuntu package repos or download Tor Browser directly from the Tor Project website or one of it's other sources.

This is important, many of these tor-browser packages ship in a form that makes it impossible for the native updater, running as the user, to update the tor browser and to compound this issue it's common that updates are severely delayed, if they happen at all! This leaves users running old, vulnerable versions of Tor Browser indefinitely.


I've solved exactly this problem on Ubuntu and Windows just like a charm. Here is what you need to do : compile Tor, I've used git source tree, you can use just stable version, and install it in a dedicated folder. I've used /usr/tor on Ubuntu and c:\tor on Windows. After that I've made a shortcut/symlink for a tor binary AND torrc(!!important part!!) for Tor Browser Bundle inside it's directories, and - it works! =) Single-point configured, just running in the way I wish it to run. To find out where is your tor and torrc just run simple file search by name - it will show you the path.

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