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Template:Backups Tor Hidden Service private key

Reminder: always backup your hidden service key. This is necessary in case you want to restore it on another machine, on a newer Whonix-Gateway, after hdd failure, etc. Follow the instructions below to find its location; root permission is required to access it.



You can use the usual Qubes tools. The following example shows how to copy {{{private_key_file}}} from your sys-whonix VM to your vault VM (which should be started beforehand) using qvm-copy-to-vm.

sudo qvm-copy-to-vm vault {{{private_key_file}}}

Using the example above, you could then find the Tor hidden service private key in your vault VM in a file.


Consider moving the file from QubesIncoming folder to a location of your choice.

You can then use the usual Qubes capabilities to backup your vault and/or other VMs. This can be conveniently done using QubesManager. Please refer to the Qubes documentation about backups for steps on how to do that.


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See also, File Transfer.