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SelekTOR For Linux


What is SelekTOR good for ?

SelekTOR for Linux is an open source Java based GUI frontend for Tor running in client mode, it acts as a Tor launcher and exit node chooser for browsers that support system proxying using PAC files, it is licensed under the GPL2.

What is SelekTOR not good for ?

SelekTOR is not suitable for running a Tor relay please consult the Tor Project for running and configuring Tor as a relay.
It is also not a replacement for the Tor Browser but can be used with it, if you are looking for a full comprehensive anonymity package then use Tor Browser as there are so many ways to figure out your real IP via javascript, flash, WebRTC etc. that just routing all your traffic via Tor is just not enough.

  • Support for Google Chrome, Chromium, Firefox and most Mozilla based browsers without the need for add-ons.
  • Can be used with Privoxy.
  • You can quickly select Tor exit nodes by country.
  • Greatly simplifies the usage and configuration of Tor in client mode, SelekTOR does most of the hard stuff for you.
  • Nodes are now filtered to ensure that they support both HTTP & HTTPS, and thus ensuring greater reliability when used with web browsers.
  • Will continuously monitor and maintain a connection to the exit node with the best response time, with as little downtime as possible when switching.
  • As well as proxying all traffic through the active Tor node, SelekTOR can also do selective routing of traffic through the active tor circuit based on URL patterns.
  • Whois and Atlas Node details (pretty graphs) available with a single mouse click..
  • Needs very little configuration, the installation defaults will work for most people out of the box.
  • Currently runs on most Linux desktops XFCE, LXDE, Mate, Cinnamon, Gnome 3 Shell, KDE4, Unity, Pantheon, Enlightenment.
  • Built in proxy pattern editor, Import and Export pattern files as a single zip file.
  • Requires OpenJRE 1.7 or better this is usually supplied with your Linux distro, please ensure this is installed before installing SelekTOR.
  • Requires the latest Tor client 2.6.10 but will also work fine with the 2.4.x series.
  • Languages supported for Linux release English and French.


Known Issues & Workarounds (Important):

Tray icon is disabled on the Gnome 3 & Pantheon desktops due to legacy tray support on those desktops being limited.

Google Chrome/Chromium does not support system proxying on the XFCE, LXDE desktops so use Firefox instead if you use these desktops.


Donations are gratefully accepted.

Stable Downloads:

SHA1: cc5bba5e1d1360965f4a2060fb983af84a123178
SHA1: 4f5086be5b3314e41806b78716bb38cb0fe75962
SHA1: 2e2f0931fda13b1dc9c79fe59e42793a4a974fe5



Video Tutorial: Installing SelekTOR 3 on Ubuntu Linux.

Web Tutorial: Very helpful article on installing and using SelekTOR provided by, this is a must read if you want to get the most out of SelekTOR.

1) Install one of the supported browsers.

2) Ensure that your chosen browser is configured to use the operating system settings for proxying, this is normally the installation default for most browsers.

3) Ensure latest Java (JRE) runtime is installed (VERY IMPORTANT), usually supplied with your distro.

4) Ensure the latest stable version of the TOR client is installed on your distro, If your distro does not come with TOR in its software repository then you should use the packages/repository provided by the Tor Project.
Once Tor is installed you should disable the Tor service in whatever your distro uses to modify boot/system services to prevent having unnecessary tor clients running and in some rare cases prevent conflict with the Tor clients launched by SelekTOR.
Also ensure that Vidalia is not installed.

5) Install SelekTOR using either the supplied Debian package or extract the tarball and enter the folder you extracted it to and follow the instructions in the INSTALL file.