In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Tor browser on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world. it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Tor Browser on a CentOS 7 server.
Tor Browser features
- Cross Platform Availability. i.e., this application is available for Linux, Windows as well as Mac.
- Complex Data encryption before it it sent over Internet.
- Automatic data decryption at client side.
- It is a combination of Firefox Browser + Tor Project.
- Provides anonymity to servers and websites.
- Makes it possible to visit locked websites.
- Performs task without revealing IP of Source.
- Capable of routing data to/from hidden services and application behind firewall.
- Portable – Run a preconfigured web browser directly from the USB storage Device. No need to install it locally.
- Available for architectures x86 and x86_64.
- Easy to set FTP with Tor using configuration as “socks4a” proxy on “localhost” port “9050”
- Tor is capable of handling thousands of relay and millions of users.
Install Tor Browser on CentOS 7
Step 1. First, you need to enable EPEL repository on your system.
## RHEL/CentOS 7 64-Bit ##
# wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-8.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-7-8.noarch.rpm
Step 2. Intsalling Tor Browser.
To install Tor Browser run the following command from command line:
yum install tor
To start tor browser in your system, use following command from non root account. Before starting tor make sure you system time is correct:
systemctl start tor
Step 3. Configuring Your Firefox browser.
It is highly recommended to use the Tor browser bundle, but if you want to use firefox with tor, once you have started the service, open firefox settings >> Preferences >> advanced >> network >> settings and select manual proxy configuration.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Tor Browser. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Tor Browser on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Tor Browser web site.