Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 22 months ago

#9541 needs_information defect

"Work Offline" button should stop/start tor (as well)

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-usability
Cc: gk, overview8 Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:


On the Tor Browser Bundle 3.0alpha3 release

If you go to the menu -> Web Developer and press "Work Offline" it says:

"Tor unexpectedly exited."

Tor won't start when you disable this option again, you need to close and start the browser.

In my opinion, in addition to a NEWNYM function (#9442), there must also be the functions to stop or start Tor in this 3.0 version. The "Work Offline" button could use such functions too.

In short, there must be more control over the Tor network settings in the browser.

There is currently no way to temporarily disable Tor without closing the browser, even though I frequently need to do this.

Child Tickets

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by gk

Cc: g.koppen@… added
Keywords: tbb-3.0 added

FYI: ESR 17 is the last version where checking "Work Offline" will work if you have a local proxy configured (see for details). And, yes, this is sold as a feature.

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by erinn

Component: TorBrowserButtonTor Browser
Keywords: tbb-torbutton added
Owner: changed from mikeperry to tbb-team

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by gk

Cc: gk overview8 added; g.koppen@… removed

Closing #13156 as a duplicate.

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by gk

Keywords: tbb-usability added; tbb-3.0 tbb-torbutton removed
Summary: "Work Offline" button breaks Tor"Work Offline" button should stop/start tor (as well)

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by arma

Would it satisfy everybody here if Tor Browser set Tor's DisableNetwork config option here, rather than actually killing and starting the Tor process?

comment:6 Changed 22 months ago by bugzilla

Severity: Normal
Status: newneeds_information


  1. Stop/Start/Restart Tor from the controller/Torbutton (from GUI).
  2. Make Tor "Work Offline" (comment:5).
  3. Leave as is.

I frequently need to do this.

For what purpose?

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