The TOR browser is a nice browser even without TOR. Using full on TOR seems a bit extreme to me and is beyond my patience, on the other hand, using a normal Firefox feels like yelling my canvas fingerprints all over the internet. Can I configure the TOR browser to not go through the TOR network?

  • TOR_SKIP_LAUNCH=1 ./start-tor-browser.desktop starts the web browser without connecting to Tor. You will then need to adjust the web browser's netowrk proxy settings so that it connects to the internet without a proxy (i.e. Tor).
    – Flux
    Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 12:55
  • @Flux TOR_TRANSPROXY=1 might also be necessary now, as of Tor Browser 9.0, see this page: ghacks.net/2018/11/26/…
    – GDP2
    Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 20:04

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Upper right hand side of Tor Browser click on the three horizontal bars, click on Options, select the Advanced tab, click on Network, click on Settings, select "No Proxy" and hit OK.

Then type "about:config" into the url bar, go to "network.proxy.socks_remote_dns" right click and select Toggle.

At that point your browser won´t be using TOR proxy to access to the internet, but if you also want to disable the TOR service running in the background type "about:config" into the url bar, go to "extensions.torlauncher.start_tor", right click and select Toggle

Hope i`ve helped you :)

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    Additionally, to prevent the above settings from being restored to the default Tor browsing mode when restarting the browser, you need to disable the extensions Torbutton and TorLauncher.
    – ens
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 7:55
  • Does this still work? I changed "about:config" in options but when I choose "No Proxy" in settings, the browser doesn't work screenshot
    – Matt
    Commented Jun 14, 2019 at 9:15
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    The process to do this is different now as of Tor Browser 9.0, see this blog post: ghacks.net/2018/11/26/…
    – GDP2
    Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 20:03

Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Tor Browser 12.0.6 (based on Mozilla Firefox 102.11.0esr) (64-bit)

In about:config set

extensions.torbutton.test_enabled = false
extensions.torlauncher.start_tor = false
network.dns.disabled = false
network.proxy.type = 0

Use of shell variables is not required

  • This is working for macOS Monterey 12.5.1 too, thanks ;)
    – GarouDan
    Commented May 19, 2023 at 11:27
  • Any idea how to script this process, instead of doing it manually? Unfortunately it did not work to have a TorBrowser\Data\Browser\profile.default\user.js file containing these settings in the form user_pref("extensions.torbutton.test_enabled", false)
    – Leeroy
    Commented May 15 at 22:13

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