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Installation of Whonix ™ on a USB

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VM Live Mode Host Live Mode Whonix ™ on USB

Current Situation[edit]

Yes, Whonix ™ can be used on a USB.

  1. Select a suitable host operating system.
  2. Install it on USB.
  3. Install a supported virtualizer.
  4. Finally install Whonix ™.

At this time, Whonix ™ does not provide a USB creator / image.

There are a number of online guides explaining how to install Linux on a USB [archive]. These instructions can be followed to create a live Whonix ™ USB, with the exception that both a supported virtualizer and Whonix ™ must also be installed on the external media.

If it is actually booting into non-persistent live boot is what you're interested in, look into live mode.

VM Live Mode Host Live Mode Whonix ™ on USB

Specifically useful as a host operating system on USB is Debian or Kicksecure in combination with the grub-live software package which makes it possible to boot the host operating system into Host Live Mode.

Advantages[edit]

A higher level of security is attained by installing the host operating system(s) required for Whonix ™ on a dedicated, (encrypted), external disk(s) like a USB flash drive, FireWire or eSATA device:

  • Using external media reduces the risk of other operating system(s) infecting the Whonix ™ host operating system.
  • When Whonix ™ disk(s) are not in use, they can either be removed or hidden.

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Future[edit]

Whonix-Host Operating System Live ISO, Whonix-Host Installer. Community contributions are most welcome.

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