Add Tor Browser to start menu on Linux

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The Tor Browser for Linux comes as compressed tarball (.tar.xz) which you extract somewhere, however it does not add itself to the start menu. I’ll show you how to add it yourself!

So let’s say you just downloaded tor-browser-linux64-9.0.10_en-US.tar.xz and extracted the folder tor-browser_en-US somewhere (I recommend to extract it to ~/opt).

After having started the Browser at least once by double-clicking “Tor Browser Setup”, the launcher should now simply be called “Tor Browser”, at which point we’re ready to add it to the start menu!

Open a terminal and execute the following:

cd ~/.local/share/applications
ln -s ~/opt/tor-browser_en-US/start-tor-browser.desktop

Of course changing the path to the actual location of the Tor Browser. Now you should see the Tor Browser launcher in the start menu. If not, sign out and back in.

That’s all there is to it!

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