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System Requirements

Supported Host Operating Systems[edit]

Any operating system that can run a supported virtualizer can run Whonix, including Windows, Mac, BSD, and Linux. Most users get started by installing VirtualBox on their current operating system and importing the Whonix images.

Advanced users may wish to boot a host operating system (usually a Unix variant) dedicated solely to running the Whonix virtual machines.

Supported Platforms[edit]

System Requirements[edit]


  • 1 GB free RAM (With Whonix-Gateway lowered to 196 MB) [4]
  • 10 GB free hard drive space.


  • Additional hard drive space when installing applications into Workstation.
  • A CPU with AMD-V[5] or Intel VT-x[6]

For Best Performance[edit]

  • An SSD.
  • Additional RAM to dedicate to Workstation when multitasking.


  • Whonix-Workstation can run with 196 when not using a desktop environment.
  • For low memory and console-only configurations, see Desktop#RAM_Adjusted_Desktop_Starter.
  • If you do not have AMD-V or Intel VT-x and you encounter PAE or "VERR_SSM_FIELD_NOT_CONSECUTIVE" error, please read PAE Crash for a workaround.
  • Linux users with low RAM might save some RAM on the host if used a lighter desktop environment than KDE, Gnome etc. such as xfce or lxde.


  1. 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).
  2. Unsupported: QEMU
  3. Unsupported: VMware
  4. Whonix-Gateway can work with as low as 128 MB RAM, but resource demanding operations like upgrade of kernel packages that need to rebuild the initrd leave the virtual machine in a frozen state.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization#AMD_virtualization_.28AMD-V.29
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization#Intel_virtualization_.28VT-x.29

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