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Easy / Anyone[edit]

Feel free to do any or all of the following - any help is most welcome. When contributing, always consider your own protection and safety as the first priority, particularly if you are at risk.


Please rate Whonix ™.


Please write reviews for Whonix ™.

Spread Awareness[edit]

Tell your friends, family and acquaintances about Whonix ™. Post Whonix ™ news [archive] on your website, blog or social media.

Follow Whonix ™[edit]

Follow one or more of the following sources: [2]

Wikipedia Editing[edit]

Please help to improve Whonix ™ Wikipedia Page [archive] (English). [3] See the feedback thread [archive] for further information. Or if you speak German, help to keep Whonix ™ German Wikipedia Page [archive] up-to-date.


Whonix ™ needs more people to test new Whonix ™ features, bug fixes and so on.

Run the Whonix ™ Backup Script[edit]

Create a backup of the Whonix ™ Anonymous Operating System website and source code. The more people that retain backups, the less likely Whonix ™ can be erased from the history books. This can be done periodically, every now and then or when convenient.

See: How to Backup Whonix ™ for further details.


Whonix ™ requires more recent and awesome Screenshots. Donate them to Whonix ™ or release them into the public domain [archive].


We need more Whonix ™ Videos, particularly in languages other than English. They can be demonstration videos, promotional videos, conceptual videos or tutorials. Donate them to Whonix ™ or release them into the public domain [archive]. We also have a video script waiting to be produced - please get in contact for further details.

Social Media / Marketing[edit]

Although social media platforms erode privacy goals by collecting a lot of user data, we believe they are important venues for marketing and communication in the modern era.

If you are willing to help or to maintain any Whonix ™ social media profiles, please get in contact.


Whonix ™ wiki contains many external links. After any external link, there is another [archive] link. These links point to Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, a web archive. However, some links may not actually been archived yet. To contribute, click [archive] links and click through the archival process to actually archive the link if it has not been archived yet.


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Task details are here: Dev/onion-grater

Follow Whonix ™ Development[edit]

  • Join the Whonix ™ Development Forum [archive]
    • The forums offers fine-tuned options to subscribe by e-mail. Tthere is on the right side a symbol o.
    • (Edit | New Topic | o)
      • Watching - You will automatically watch all topics in these categories. You will be notified of every new post in every topic, and a count of new replies will be shown.
      • Tracking - - You will automatically track all topics in these categories. You will be notified if someone mentions your @name or replies to you, and a count of new replies will be shown.
      • Watching - First Post You will only be notified of the first post in each new topic in these categories.
      • Normal - You will be notified if someone mentions your @name or replies to you.
      • Muted - You will never be notified of anything about new topics in these categories, and they will not appear in latest.
    • You can subscribe via RSS (Latest Posts [archive]);
      • any URL of the forum can be turned into a feed by adding .rss or .json at the end.

Just Start[edit]


Just start working on any open ticket [archive]. One example ticket: [archive]

Or start by working on any of these security TODO [archive] items.


Want to improve Whonix ™ wiki, this or any wiki page? Help is welcome and volunteer contributions are happily considered!

Short summary: Anyone can edit the Whonix ™ wiki.

Edits are possible with or without account at time of writing.

1. Any huge modification should be discussed in Whonix ™ forums beforehand. Smaller changes (such as fixing links, typos, grammars and small enhancements) do not require prior discussion. It is recommended to start with small changes first before taking on major rewrites.

2. There are [[Edit]] buttons next to every wiki chapter.

3. Press the [[Edit]] button.

4. Expand/improve the text or fix links, typos or grammar.

5. Optional: Press the Show preview button.

6. Optional: Press the Show changes button.

7. Further modify the text if required.

8. Save changes.

9. Done. The wiki edit is complete.

10. Wait for moderation to confirm the edit. Should there be any issues, post in Whonix ™ forums.


For example, start working on this ticket: [archive]

Contributor List[edit]

Table: Components looking for dedicated contributor.

Anon Connection Wizard
AppArmor Profiles
Apple macOS
Automated Test Suite [archive] [4]
Censorship Circumvention Tools other than Bridges
Live DVD [5]
Live USB [5]
Microsoft Windows Installer
msgdispatcher_dispatch_x [archive]
Physical Isolation
Qubes-Whonix ™
Raspberry Pi Whonix-Gateway ™
sdwdate-daemon [archive]
sdwdate-gui [6]
Tor Control Panel [7]
Upgrading Whonix ™ Packages from Source Code
Verifiable Builds
Whonix ™ Homepage [archive]
Whonix ™ Server Version [8]
Whonix ™ Welcome Page [archive]

Contributor Responsibilities[edit]

The tasks of a contributor include:

  • Answering questions in the forums.
  • Keeping the wiki up-to-date.
  • Testing of installation, build and upgrade instructions.
  • Following the issue tracker, squashing bugs and perhaps implementing new features relating to the maintained component.
  • Otherwise self-initiated (guess) work and taking care of the component in question.

This is a volunteer position.

Package Contributor[edit]

Whonix ™ provides a lot of Debian packages; see Overview [archive] for further information. Due to limited Whonix ™ contributors resources, only a few packages are supported on Debian hosts. A lot of these packages are untested and unmaintained in any other Linux distribution.

Would you be interested in maintaining one or more packages for use beyond Whonix ™? For example, in Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora or other distributions? Maintenance requirements would involve keeping up with code changes and releases, testing if these packages work outside of Whonix ™, eventually reporting bugs or adding new features, and answering user support requests.

If interested, ambitious package contributors could even seek to have one or more Whonix ™ packages accepted into a mainstream Linux distribution.

This is a volunteer position.

General Tasks[edit]

People with skills and interest in the following areas would also help:

  • Good knowledge of Linux networking and iptables.
  • AppArmor profile creation and testing of new AppArmor profiles for improved security.
  • #!/bin/bash
  • Programming languages like Python, Ruby, C, and others.
  • Registration at our issue tracker.
  • Participation in the development forum [archive]; consider hitting the "notify" button to subscribe.
  • Discussion participation - login on github and go to [archive] and press "watch" for notifications about Whonix ™ github issues (this is an old issue tracker and less important).

Release Manager[edit]

If you are willing to have your real name connected to the Whonix ™ project and Tor, please continue reading.

Depending on your interests, your tasks could include:

  • Building Whonix ™ .ova images:
    • Creating stable releases.
    • Creating stable hotfix releases.
    • Creating assorted other builds. [9]
  • Building Whonix ™ .libvirt images.
  • Reporting bugs when builds fail.
  • Signing and uploading releases.
  • Updating the download page.
  • Posting to the blog or mailing lists.
  • Fixing simple build documentation.
  • Dev/Redistribution
  • Essential Whonix ™ Functionality Tests. [10]

This is a volunteer position.

Audit Documentation Changes[edit]

Keep abreast of our wiki changes (rss [archive] Whonix ™ wiki recent changes rss).

Audit Whonix ™[edit]

Audit Whonix ™ security.

Answer Questions[edit]


Knowledge about laws, and international taxes would be helpful. If you are interested, please e-mail Patrick Schleizer at


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  1. Users may send any amount of funds to Whonix ™. A consultation service commensurate with the amount contributed will be negotiated between both parties.
  2. First consider the risk of following Whonix ™ on social media in your personal circumstances.
  3. Be aware that Tor exit nodes are usually prevented from editing.
  4. 5.0 5.1 See Whonix Host for inspiration.
  5. sdwdate-gui [archive]
  6. Related entry: Website and Server Tests.
      • Creating terminal-only Whonix-Gateway ™.
      • Creating testers-only releases.
      • Creating Whonix ™-Gnome-Workstation.
      • Creating Whonix ™-LXDE-Workstation.
      • Creating 64-bit builds.
  7. This will be easy and fast as soon as we add a script.

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