Orca Screen Reader

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Tested just now. Got speech support working in VMs: Whonix-Gateway, Whonix-Workstation and Kicksecure.

Install orca gstreamer1.0-plugins-good libatk-adaptor libgail-common non-qubes-audio.

1. Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

2. Upgrade the system.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3. Install the orca gstreamer1.0-plugins-good libatk-adaptor libgail-common non-qubes-audio package.

Using apt-get command line parameter --no-install-recommends is in most cases optional.

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends orca gstreamer1.0-plugins-good libatk-adaptor libgail-common non-qubes-audio

The procedure of installing orca gstreamer1.0-plugins-good libatk-adaptor libgail-common non-qubes-audio is complete.


Alt + F2 and type


Press Enter key.


To autostart orca after reboot the following command.

sudo sed -i '/OnlyShowIn/d' /etc/xdg/autostart/orca-autostart.desktop


  • libatk-adaptor libgail-common - required for Xfce settings menu screen reader support
  • non-qubes-audio - required to add audio support to Whonix-Workstation ™
  • gstreamer1.0-plugins-good - missing dependency in Debian buster [archive]


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