Opened 13 months ago

Last modified 13 months ago

#32114 new defect

Tor and Tor Alpha on OS X Capitan

Reported by: mwolfe Owned by: ggus
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Community/Tor Support Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: brade, mcs Actual Points:
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In Windows, Tor can be on a floppy drive, and installs in a separate folder.

On Macintosh, Tor goes in the Applications directory and writes data to user/Library and other places.

On Windows, I use both Tor and Tor Alpha.

On Macintosh, I was using Tor Standard, I installed Tor Alpha, and it broke Tor on my Mac. Now Tor Standard cannot comment on Disqus (it could before I installed Tor Alpha), and cannot connect to trac.torproject.ort (I am using Tor Alpha on Windows).

I deleted the Tor files in user/Library, re-installed Tor Standard, but it no longer runs. At first, I could not comment on Disqus, and now Tor on my copy of El Capitan stopped working, it seems to be blocked, and is blocked even with Obfs4 or Meek turned on.

I tried deleting Tor Alpha and re-installing Tor Standard, but it does not work.

Where does Tor write its files? How can I go back to Tor standard on the Mac?

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Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 13 months ago by gk

Component: ApplicationsCommunity/Tor Support
Owner: set to ggus

ggus: I think I hear this issue from time to time. Do we have a good and working FAQ-entry/documentation of how to work around this problem? If not we should probably create one.

comment:2 Changed 13 months ago by ggus

We have updated the uninstall instructions:

comment:3 in reply to:  description Changed 13 months ago by mcs

Cc: brade mcs added

Replying to mwolfe:

On Macintosh, Tor goes in the Applications directory and writes data to user/Library and other places.

Tor Browser on macOS should not store any data outside of its TorBrowser-Data directory (it it does, that is a bug we should fix). That is another way of saying that the macOS info on the following page is correct:

As implied by the "uninstalling" instructions, you can place Tor in any folder; it does not need to be installed in /Applications. If you place the app in its own folder, e.g., in ~/Desktop/tb-alpha/, all of its associated data will be placed in a TorBrowser-Data folder next to Tor This approach of using separate folders is highly recommended when switching between the stable releases and alpha releases.

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