Live Mode for Whonix®
Whonix Live Mode is available for Whonix if the host operating system (OS) supports. This means that nothing is saved and Whonix forgets everything you've done after your session. This feature has been long requested and is very suitable for use cases involving sensitive data.
Alternatively, Whonix has a Live Mode boot option.
Introduction and Definitions
To use Whonix without leaving any traces the feature live mode was introduced. In live mode the system can be used as normal but all data is lost and gone after the session. In sensitive temporary data use cases this is very beneficial.
Whonix live mode is available for Whonix as guest OS and/or if the host OS supports it. A host operating system (OS) runs directly on your physical hardware. A guest OS runs inside a virtual machine.
Terminology on ton this page:
- A) if live mode is available on the host OS we will use HOST,
- B) if Whonix is a guest OS we will use VM GUEST.
Starting Live Mode
Restart / reboot if your system is already running.
The grub boot menu (read more about grub bootloader here) will show your 3 options, the asterisk symbol indicates the selected option. Read all options and analyse their meaning on a basic level. The "normal" mode is called persistent mode.
The three options are
Can multiple options be chosen at once? No, at a time you can only select on option. The unselected boot options have NO asterisk at the front and a light blue text color.
LIVE mode USER (For daily activities.) - to switch to this option zse the arrow keys (up ↑ and down ↓) on the keyboard.
Simply press enter after you've selected live mode.
Now the system is booting into live mode.