Whonix 12 released!

Whonix is an operating system focused on anonymity, privacy and security. It’s based on the Tor anonymity network, Debian GNU/Linux and security by isolation. DNS leaks are impossible, and not even malware with root privileges can find out the user’s real IP.

Whonix consists of two parts: One solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible.

(Same version as Whonix RC.)

Whonix for Qubes


Whonix for KVM


Whonix for VirtualBox


If you want to upgrade existing Whonix version using Whonix’s APT repository

See https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Update.

If you want to upgrade existing Whonix version from source code

See https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Dev/BuildDocumentation.

If you want to build images from source code

See https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Dev/BuildDocumentation.

Call for Help

– If you know javascript, python, shell scripting (/bin/bash) and/or linux sysadmin, please join us!
– Contribute: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Contribute
– Donate: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Donate

Changelog between Whonix 11 and Whonix 12


Patrick started developing Whonix, the Anonymous Operating System in 2012, when quickly others joined efforts. He collected experiences working pseudonymous on Whonix for two years, enjoys collaboratively working on privacy preserving software.

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  1. Surprised when whonixcheck reported 100 packages can be updated. I thought it was an attack until I found this thread. However after updating and rebooted the workstation, whonixcheck still reports version of not RC.

    INFO: Whonix is produced independently of, with no guarantee from, The Tor Project. Whonix is experimental software. Do not rely on it for strong anonymity. https://www.whonix.org
    INFO: SocksPort Test Result: Connected to Tor. IP: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    INFO: TransPort Test Result: Connected to Tor. IP: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    INFO: Stream Isolation Test Result: Functional.
    INFO: Whonix News Result:
    √ Up to date: whonix-workstation-packages-dependencies 2.9-1
    √ Up to date: Whonix Build Version:
    INFO: Debian Package Update Check Result: No updates found via apt-get.
    INFO: Whonix APT Repository: Enabled. When the Whonix team releases JESSIE updates, they will be AUTOMATICALLY installed (when you run apt-get dist-upgrade) along with updated packages from the Debian team. Please read https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Trust to understand the risk. If you want to change this, use:
    Start Menu -> Applications -> System -> Whonix Repository

  2. Also got surprised by the 100 packages notice.
    So we, whonix 11 users should just run
    "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade"

    and we are upgraded?

    I’ll wait reports from other users in case that breaks something.

  3. Yes.

    The best way to prevent breaking things is to stay tuned and to help testing things when testers-wanted blog posts area created. Non-critical issues will not be fixed before the next release.

Continue the discussion forums.whonix.org

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