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Template:Backups Tor Hidden Service private key

Reminder: Always backup the hidden service key. This is necessary in order to restore it on another machine, on a newer Whonix-Gateway, after HDD/SSD failure, etc. Follow the instructions below to find its location; root permission is required to access it.

{{{private_key_file}}}

Qubes-Whonix

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

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

The above step copies the Tor hidden service private key file to the QubesIncoming folder of the vault VM.

/home/user/QubesIncoming/sys-whonix/private_key

Consider moving the file from the QubesIncoming folder to another preferred location.

Qubes VM Manager can be used to conveniently backup the vault and/or other VMs. Please refer to the Qubes backups documentation for necessary steps to accomplish that.

Non-Qubes-Whonix

TODO document
Also see: File Transfer.