Installation of Whonix® on a USB
Whonix can be used as a plug-and-play operating system on a USB data stick. This is particularly interesting for users looking for a portable persistent or live operating system.
Yes, Whonix can be used on a USB.
- Select a suitable host operating system.
- Install it on USB.
- Install a supported virtualizer.
- 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. 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.
Specifically useful as a host operating system on USB is
which comes with the
grub-live software package installed by default, which makes it possible to boot the host operating system into Live Mode.
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.
- Optional Live Mode.
Whonix-Host Operating System Live ISO, Whonix-Host Installer. Community contributions are most welcome.