Using Tor Browser in Qubes-Whonix ™
Start Tor Browser
Qubes Start Menu →
Whonix-Workstation ™ AppVM (commonly called anon-whonix) →
Update Tor Browser
Do not run Tor Browser in a TemplateVM (
Unfortunately, updating Tor Browser is more complex than regular system updates due to technical limitations outside of Whonix's control.  Applying the following instructions makes it is possible to keep Tor Browser up to date at all times.
New AppVMs and DisposableVMs
In Qubes-Whonix ™, Tor Browser Downloader by Whonix (
update-torbrowser) is automatically run when the Whonix-Workstation ™ TemplateVM (
tb-updater is updated. Therefore, running Tor Browser Downloader by Whonix inside the TemplateVM (
whonix-ws-14) ensures that new AppVMs and DispVMs are created with a copy of the latest Tor Browser version.
If the Tor Browser Downloader by Whonix package
tb-updater has not been updated yet, users are advised to manually run it in the Whonix-Workstation ™ TemplateVM (
whonix-ws-14). For instructions, see Tor Browser Downloader by Whonix ™.
For further information on installing, updating and using Tor Browser in Qubes DispVMs, see: How to use DisposableVMs in Qubes-Whonix ™.
Follow these steps to update Tor Browser in an existing Whonix-Workstation ™ AppVM such as
- Start Tor Browser:
Qubes Start Menu→
Whonix-Workstation ™ AppVM (commonly called anon-whonix)→
- Use Tor Browser Internal Updater.
Footnotes / References
- It is possible to run Tor Browser Downloader by Whonix inside a DispVM as well -- probably easiest using Tor_Browser#Tor Browser Internal Updater -- and then restart Tor Browser. However, these updates will not persist due to the DispVM design.
- See tb-updater in Qubes Template VM for technical details.
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