The Whonix ™-Windows-Installer for Windows is a simple and fast way to set-up Whonix ™ on a system running Microsoft Windows.
The Whonix ™ Windows Installer was developed with a focus on providing users with an fast and easy method to install Whonix ™ in Microsoft Windows. This gives users the opportunity to experiment with Whonix ™ in a familiar environment without the necessity of complex virtual machine imports or host operating system changes. When the
whonix-installer.exe is executed, the latest VirtualBox version and both Whonix ™ VMs are seamlessly installed on the Windows machine. From there, users can immediately start using Whonix ™ with no further configuration required.
Figure: Run Whonix Installer
Figure: Install Whonix
Figure: License Agreement
Figure: Extracting Files
Figure: Complete Whonix Installation
Building from source
Download a copy of this repository. Use its folder to collect required files for building.
Download the Whonix VirtualBox XFCE image to the folder and renamed it to "whonix.ova"
Download and install Inno Setup
Whonix-UI executable in the folder
Built from source: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Building_Whonix-UI_for_Windows [archive]
Download the newest "Windows hosts" VirtualBox installer to any location.
Navigate in the commandline to that location and run
VirtualBox[Characters based on your version].exe -extract
A window will open telling you where its files have been extracted. Navigate to this folder, rename "VirtualBox[Characters based on your version]amd64.msi" to "virtualbox_x64.msi" and move it to the repository/build folder.
Your build folder should have at least:
Optional: Open Whonix.iss and change AppVersion. Set Compression as desired (https://documentation.help/Inno-Setup/topic_setup_compression.htm [archive])
Right-click Whonix.iss and select "Compile" (Or inside Inno Setup select Build -> Compile). The executable is in
Note: If OVA becomes greater than 2GB, Whonix.iss must be set to use DiskSpanning=Yes. This will output an exe and .bin file. To combine, add
7zSD.sfx to the 7zip folder. Open
7zip/make self extract.bat, which combines everything in Output into a 7z archive and then into a self-extracting-and-running exe.
Obtaining 7zSD.sfx and 7za.exe
Download the 7-zip compressed archive file and extract it.
.7z compressed archive file under
7-Zip 16.04 Extra and extract it.
There used to be a version of this installer based on NSIS which has been discontinued, due to stability and a host of other issues. It can still be found here: https://github.com/Whonix/Whonix-Windows-Installer-deprecated [archive]
- While no further action is required to install or configure the Whonix ™ VMs, it is possible (in some cases) that host bios settings or workarounds for VirtualBox bugs will require user intervention. These are not Whonix ™ issues.
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