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Running Tor on Mac

Install Homebrew

  1. If you do not have Homebrew installed, follow the installation instructions here. TLDR: Open the Terminal and paste the following line:

    /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"
    
  2. You will be prompted for your system password before installation; proceed with entering your password. You may be asked more than once.

    Homebrew installation
  3. You will be notified which directories Homebrew is going to create, hit RETURN:

    Homebrew installation

    Homebrew creates the directories and downloads any other files it needs e.g. “Command Line Tool for Xcode” and “Homebrew”.

    Wait a few minutes while it downloads and installs what it needs.

Warning

Surprisingly, Homebrew uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous usage data. You can deselect the option to share usage data by opting out.

Install Tor

Caution

If you have the Tor Browser open, close it and quit the application.

  1. In the command line, install Tor:

    brew install tor
    
  2. Then run Tor with:

    brew services start tor
    

This will start Tor and ensure that it is always running, even after a restart. See the Tor Project docs for more details.

Enable Tor System-wide

  1. Enable proxy autoconfig file (This will download the Start9 standard proxy config file. You can use your own if you prefer):

    sudo curl https://registry.start9labs.com/sys/proxy.pac --output /Library/WebServer/Documents/proxy.pac
    
  2. Now enable apache service:

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist
    
  3. Go to System Settings:

    System Preferences
  4. Click on Network and then select the interface on which you wish to enable Tor system-wide (both Ethernet and WiFi advised - do one then the other):

    Select Network
  5. Click Details:

    Click Advanced
  6. Select “Automatic Proxy Configuration”, add this URL: http://localhost/proxy.pac then click “OK”:

    Select Proxys

Done! You have now enabled system-wide Tor potential.

We advise going back to step three and repeating this for Wifi/Ethernet depending on which interface you haven’t done yet.

If you’d like to setup Firefox to use Tor you can follow this guide.