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It is absolutely crucial to subscribe to and read the latest Whonix news category 'important-news' to stay in touch with ongoing developments. This way users benefit from notifications concerning important security advisories, potential upgrade issues and improved releases which address identified issues, like those affecting the updater or other core elements.

Stay Tuned[edit]

Whonix ™ News Forums[edit]

For user convenience, there are multiple avenues for receiving news. Choose the most suitable option below.

  1. Whonix ™ Important News Forum Tag [archive] (v3 onion [archive]) Whonix Important News Forum Tag Rss - Only critical information is reported. This includes security advisories specific to Whonix ™ and new stable Whonix ™ versions. It is best suited for people with very limited time and interest in Whonix ™ development and news.
  2. Whonix ™ News Forums [archive] (v3 onion [archive]) Whonix News Forums rss - This includes everything including important news and has a relaxed posting policy. Testers-only and developers Whonix ™ versions are announced here, along with the publishing of news about updated articles, new features, future features, development, calls for testing, general project ideas and so on.
  3. Whonix ™ Newsletter [archive] - Has not been used yet. Will be used very infrequently for major news only.
  4. Other choices. [1]

If time-constrained, users should at least read the Whonix ™ Important News Forum Tag. Follow the Whonix ™ News Forums if detailed anonymity / privacy / security-related issues are of interest, or to follow recent Whonix ™ developments.

Debian Security Announcements[edit]

Since Whonix ™ is based on Debian, users should consider subscribing to the Debian security announcement mailing list [archive] to stay informed about the latest security advisories. See also chapter Debian Security Announcements.

Operating System Updates[edit]

As strongly recommended in the Security Guide, it is necessary to regularly check for operating system updates on the host operating system, and both the Whonix-Workstation ™ and Whonix-Gateway ™.

Social Media Profiles[edit]

There are some Whonix Social Media Profiles online, but please do not rely on them for the latest Whonix News or to contact Whonix developers (see Contact for contact information).

As some users will disregard this advice, messages from the Whonix Feature Blog are most times posted on Whonix Twitter Profile [archive] and the Whonix Facebook Profile [archive]. However, they are most times not mirrored to other Whonix social media profiles.

If it is safe to inform others about Whonix ™, feel free to Contribute via an anonymous account that follows or likes these profiles. This page can be shared on: Twitter | Facebook.

Source Code[edit]

If Whonix source code updates are of interest, subscribe to code changes.

Tor Bootstrap[edit]

Tor bootstrap refers to the process of attempting to connect to the Tor network (successfully or unsuccessfully). Familiar output related to this process includes: "Tor connecting xx percent...", "Tor not connected", "Tor connected" and so on. Bootstrapping does not refer to related concepts, such as whether connections are "secure", "not secure", "anonymous" or "not anonymous".

Tor Browser[edit]

Tor Browser's built-in update check mechanism also works in Whonix ™, so use it whenever updates become available. [2]

For additional information about Tor Browser updates see Tor Browser. Additionally, consider subscribing to [archive] for developments from The Tor Project.

Running whonixcheck[edit]

whonixcheck verifies that the Whonix system is up-to-date and that everything is in proper working order.

Users can manually run whonixcheck to check the system status by following the steps below.

How to Manually Run whonixcheck[edit]

If you are using Qubes-Whonix ™, complete the following steps. [3]

Qubes App Launcher (blue/grey "Q")click on the Whonix VM you want to checkwhonixcheck / System Check

If you are using a graphical Whonix, complete the following steps.

Start MenuSystemwhonixcheck

If you are using a terminal-only Whonix, complete the following steps.


Depending on the system specifications, whonixcheck may take up to a few minutes to run. Assuming everything is working as intended, the output should highlight each INFO heading in green (not red). A successful whonixcheck process results in output similar to the sample below.

Sample whonixcheck Output[edit]

[INFO] [whonixcheck] anon-whonix | Whonix-Workstation | whonix-ws-15 TemplateBased AppVM | Sat 09 Nov 2019 03:40:10 AM UTC
[INFO] [whonixcheck] Connected to Tor.
[INFO] [whonixcheck] Whonix APT Repository: Enabled.
When the Whonix team releases BUSTER-PROPOSED-UPDATES updates, they will be AUTOMATICALLY installed (when you run apt-get dist-upgrade) along with updated packages from the Debian team. Please read http://www.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/wiki/Trust [archive] to understand the risk.
If you want to change this, use:
sudo whonix_repository
[INFO] [whonixcheck] Debian Package Update Check: Checking for software updates via apt-get... ( Documentation: http://www.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/wiki/Update [archive] )
[INFO] [whonixcheck] Debian Package Update Check Result: No updates found via apt-get.
[INFO] [whonixcheck] Please donate!
See: http://www.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/wiki/Donate [archive]

Whonix Repository Testers[edit]

Whonix requires a critical mass of users to properly test planned updates by enabling the stable-proposed-updates or testers repository. [4] Otherwise, bugs might go undiscovered and be inadvertently introduced into the stable repository.

To ensure a stable Whonix system is available at all times, willing testers should:

Then perform normal user activities.

Please only report bugs after first searching relevant Whonix forums and developer portals for the problem.


  1. Other choices:
  2. The only exception is Tor Browser running in a DisposableVM in Qubes-Whonix ™, since the update will not persist.
  3. Qube Managerright-click on the Whonix VM you want to checkselect "Run command in qube"

    Type each command below, followed by the ENTER key.


  4. The developers repository is only recommended for experts or those in touch with Whonix developers.

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