Tor Browser Downloader fails to download


New to Whonix, downloaded and installed it on Win10 - VirtualBox. Everything seemed to install & self configure fine but every time I try to download Tor it fails at about 80%.

Message: ERROR: Failed to download:

Possible reasons:

The download server is down
File size exceeded (endless data attack triggered)
Tor browser downloader (by Whonix developers) has been broken due to upstream changes

Recommends: Trying later (on day 2 now) Check news - No info (
Manually update, go to page - No info

Debug info: curl_status_message: [28] - Operation time out. The specified time-out period was reached according to the conditions.

Can anyone advise?
(This is the first time on Whonix and 14 yrs since using Linux)


and then it works :slight_smile:

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The URL looks wrong. Please use copy and paste next time.

Please don’t substitute writing Tor when you mean Tor Browser or the confusion will be perfect. ( Tor Browser Essentials )

Just installed VirtualBox-5.1.10-112026-Win.exe, loaded and started Whonix on Win 7. Everything appears to be working correctly except TorBrowser. So, I followed the prompts to update TBB 6.08. After at least 2 hours, I get the following message:

ERROR: Failed to download:

Any help?

How do you know this? Did you run whonixcheck on your Workstation?

If you have a slow connection, you might be timing out during download process. Read the full error message. If it says Operation timeout, try this: "Tor Browser Downloader" cancels the download with an error message - #7 by Patrick

Or install manually: Tor Browser: Manual Download

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Or try this.

update-torbrowser --ordinary