Whonix ™ - Software That Can Anonymize Everything You Do Online

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The most watertight privacy operating system in the world.

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Whonix ™ is a full operating system that runs inside your current one. Select which operating system your computer is running to get started.

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Whonix adds a layer of anonymity to your business tasks.
Whonix is about as anonymous as an OS can get before it all becomes too inconvenient for normal use.
This split design allows the user to remain completely anonymous and mitigates the risk of DNS leaks, which reveal private information such as your web browsing history.
Whonix, an operating system you can run in a virtual machine to maximize your online anonymity; it’s ideal for maintaining a secret identity.
Das linux-basierte Betriebssystem Whonix setzt von Anfang an auf Sicherheit.
Whonix protects user anonymity by routing internet connections through Tor’s network.
Tarnkappe - Mit Whonix anonym im Internet surfen
Viele Webseiten verfolgen ihre Besucher mit ausgeklügelten Trackingmechanismen. Whonix macht Schluss damit, ohne dass man Browser-Einstellungen ändern muss.
The Internet was not designed with anonymity in mind, but things have changed. Anonymity has become a necessary and legitimate objective in many applications.

All activity in a virtual machine

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All internet traffic through the Tor ® network

Whonix is the best way to use Tor ® and provides the strongest protection of your IP address.

Fully Featured with Advanced Security Components

Impossible to leak IP address

Connections are forced through Tor. DNS leaks are impossible, and even malware with root privileges cannot discover the user's real IP address. Leak tested through corridor (Tor ® traffic whitelisting gateway) and other leak tests.

Live Mode

Booting into VM Live Mode is as simple as choosing Live Mode in the boot menu. Alternatively Debian, Kicksecure and perhaps other Debian-based hosts can boot their existing host operating system into Host Live Mode.

Based on Tor ®

Whonix utilizes Tor ®, which provides an open and distributed relay network to defend against network surveillance. Unlike Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Tor provides anonymity by design and removes trust from the equation.

Based on Kicksecure ™

Whonix is based on Kicksecure ™ which is a security-hardened Linux distribution.

Kernel Self Protection Settings

Whonix uses Kernel Hardening Settings as recommended by the Kernel Self Protection Project (KSPP).

Advanced Firewall

Our Firewall is configured for anonymous Tor ® use.

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Keystrokes Kloak

Keystrokes can be used to track users. To prevent this, Whonix comes with kloak installed by default.

Android Support

Run Android applications using Anbox (outdated) or Whonix-Custom-Workstation using Android x86.

Virus Protection

Whonix provides additional security hardening measures and user education to provide better protection from viruses.

Brute force attack protection

Protect Linux user accounts against brute force attacks By using pam tally2 .


AppArmor profiles restrict the capabilities of commonly used, high-risk applications such as Tor Browser.

Stream Isolation

Distinct applications are routed through different paths in the Tor® network.

Time Attack Defenses

Time attacks are defeated by Boot Clock Randomization and secure network time synchronization through sdwdate (Secure Distributed Web Date).

Discovery and traffic analysis attacks

Protect against guard discovery and related traffic analysis attacks vanguards .

Strong Linux User Account Separation

Learn more about our Linux User Account Separation security-misc .

Strong Anonymity, privacy and security settings

Learn more about our anonymity, privacy and security settings pre-configuration anon-apps-config .

Extensive Documentation

The more you know, the safer you can be: Extensive Whonix Documentation

Vibrant Community

Our vibrant Whonix community features Forums, Contributors and RSS

Console Lockdown

Console Lockdown disables legacy login methods for improved security hardening.

Tor ® Browser

Tor ® Browser is optimized for anonymity and millions of daily users help you blend in with the crowd. Visit any destination including modern websites such as YouTube.


Running low on RAM isn't a security problem. swap-file-creator will create an encrypted swap file.

Entropy Enhancements

Better encryption thanks to preinstalled random number generators.

TCP ISN CPU Information Leak Protection

Prevent de-anonymization of Tor onion services via utilization of the Tirdad kernel module for random ISN generation.

Hosting Location Hidden Servers

Whonix is the safest way to Host Location Hidden Services / Onion Services.

Tor Connection Destination Viewer (tor-ctrl-observer)

tor-ctrl-observer shows connection information of applications using Tor.

Warrant Canary

A canary confirms that no warrants have ever been served on the Whonix project.

Based on Debian

In oversimplified terms, Whonix is just a collection of configuration files and scripts. Whonix is not a stripped down version of Debian; anything possible in "vanilla" Debian GNU/Linux can be replicated in Whonix. About Whonix

Digitally signed releases

Downloads are signed so genuine Whonix releases can be verified.

Freedom Values

10 Years of Success

We have successfully protected our users against Real World Attacks for more than 10 years. With the next decade in mind, we are constantly improving Whonix privacy and security.

Open Source

All the Whonix source code is licensed under OSI Approved Licenses. We respect user rights to review, scrutinize, modify, and redistribute Whonix. This improves security and privacy for everyone.

Freedom Software

Whonix is Freedom Software and contains software developed by the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project.

Research and Implementation Project

Whonix makes modest claims and is wary of overconfidence. Whonix is an actively maintained research project making constant improvements; no shortcomings are ever hidden from users.

Fully auditable

Whonix is independently verifiable by security experts and software developers around the world; you don’t have to trust developer claims. This improves security and privacy for everyone.

Complete respect for privacy and user freedom

Whonix respects data privacy principles. We don’t make advertising deals or collect sensitive personal data. There are no artificial restrictions imposed on possible system configurations.


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