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Whonix Concept

Whonix is an operating system focused on anonymity, privacy and security. It's based on the Tor anonymity network[1], Debian GNU/Linux[2] and security by isolation.

Whonix consists of two parts: One solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible. With Whonix, you can use applications and run servers anonymously over the internet. DNS leaks are impossible, and not even malware with root privileges can find out the user's real IP.

Whonix is free as in price and freedom (Why?), was sourceforge project of the week and it has been rated 5/5 stars by users of sourceforge.net [3].

To learn more about security and anonymity under Whonix, please continue to the About Whonix page.

Things we do at the Whonix project: Innovate, Cooperate and Educate

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Host OS Knowledge Recommendation OS Virt Security
Qubes advanced Qubes-Whonix (Download) Qubes-logo-blue.png Qubes-logo-blue.png production
Linux advanced KVM (Download) Tux.png Kvmbanner-logo26.png production
Linux newcomer VirtualBox (Download) Tux.png Virtualbox logo.png testing [4]
Windows newcomer Windows (Download) Windows logo - 2012.svg.png Virtualbox logo.png testing [4]
Mac newcomer VirtualBox (Download) Rsz osx.png Virtualbox logo.png experimental [4]
none advanced x86 compatible experimental [5]
[6] [7] [8] advanced


Whonix-Workstation with KDE Desktop:

Whonix-Workstation with KDE Desktop



Whonix developers.
OS family Unix-like, based on Debian
Working state Active
Source model Open Source
Initial release 29 Feb 2012
Latest stable release
(June 1, 2015; ago (2015-06-01))
Latest unstable release
(June 17, 2015; ago (2015-06-17))

Marketing target

Anonymity; Privacy; Security; Personal computing; Location Hidden Servers

Update method

APT (several front-ends available)

Supported platforms
Kernel type

Monolithic (Linux kernel)

Default user interface


Free software, mainly the GNU GPL, and other licenses [12]

Preceded by JanusVM[13]; TorBOX R TorBOX-500px.png[14] (see History)
Official website https


More Screenshots

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Whonix is produced independently of, and carries no guarantee from, The Tor Project[15].

  1. https://www.torproject.org/about/overview.html.en
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian
  3. https://sourceforge.net/blog/projects-of-the-week-july-15-2013/ Whonix sourceforge.net project home page (w); Whonix sourceforge.net project review page (w)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 VirtualBox Security and Support Status
  5. Physical Isolation Security and Support Status
  6. Custom-Workstation: self made builds can run on any real or virtual hardware as long as they are behind a Whonix-Gateway. Tor Browser binaries are only available for a limited number of platforms (Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac).
  7. Unsupported: QEMU
  8. Unsupported: VMware
  9. Custom-Workstation: self made builds can run on any real or virtual hardware as long as they are behind a Whonix-Gateway. Tor Browser binaries are only available for a limited number of platforms (Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac).
  10. Unsupported: QEMU
  11. Unsupported: VMware
  12. http://www.debian.org/legal/licenses
  13. http://www.webcitation.org/6IA21tFaM
  14. http://www.webcitation.org/6IA20bIq5
  15. https://www.torproject.org

Thanks to Tomchen1989 from Wikimedia Commons for the download button! 1 (w)

Thanks for the MAT public domain screenshot to awxcnx.de!
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