Non-Whonix ™ Tor Browser
Various wiki sections recommend that a functional Tor Browser instance is maintained outside of the Whonix ™ platform. This is useful in various cases:
- Should Whonix ™ ever break, it is possible to search for a solution anonymously.
- System-wide Tor problems can be easily detected by testing connectivity outside of Whonix ™.
- Certain Tor / Tor Browser activities are difficult (or impossible) to configure in Whonix ™, but are much easier in the standard configuration. 
All Platforms: Manual Tor Browser Download
Follow these instructions to manually download Tor Browser with Firefox-ESR via the available onion service. This method is not anonymous, unless Qubes-Whonix ™ users temporarily set
sys-whonix as the NetVM for the non-Whonix ™ AppVM.
Debian Linux Hosts
Tor Browser can optionally be downloaded utilizing the
tb-updater software package by Whonix ™ developers. By default the download does not occur over Tor, meaning it is not anonymous.
Moderate: Qubes-Whonix ™
The Qubes-Whonix ™ R4 or above instructions using Whonix ™
tb-updater are a little more difficult because TemplateVMs are non-networked by default.
- Anonymously retrieve and verify the Whonix ™ signing key.
- Copy the Whonix ™ signing key to a debian-9 TemplateVM clone (
- Add the Whonix ™ signing key to a list of trusted keys.
- Install apt-transport-tor in the
- Add the Whonix ™ onion repository.
tb-updaterfrom the Whonix ™ stable repository.
- Create a
debian-tor-browserAppVM based on the debian-9 TemplateVM clone.
- Complete the anonymous installation of Tor Browser in the non-Whonix ™ VM.
Clone the debian-9 TemplateVM
In Qube Manager:
Right-click debian-9 template →
Clone qube →
Rename to debian-9-tor
Run the following commands in
debian-9-tor TemplateVM Steps
Complete the following steps in
debian-tor-browser AppVM Steps
- For example, the Snowflake pluggable transport client is currently unavailable in Whonix ™.
- For support in downloading APT packages anonymously via the Tor network.
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