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Template:Build Documentation 64bit

Advanced users can create 64-bit instead of 32-bit builds.

If you are interested, click on Expand on the right.

By default, 32-bit Linux is used. [1] 64-bit builds are less tested due to a lack of developer manpower, but should work well in principle. Whonix 14 will be 64-bit by default, see: State of official 64-bit builds.

Generally speaking, 64-bit builds cannot be created if running a 32 bit kernel. [2] In this case, try installing the packages linux-image-amd64 and linux-headers-amd64, then boot the amd64 kernel by choosing it in the boot menu. The whole system does not require re-installation; just be sure to boot with an amd64 kernel.

To build 64-bit Whonix, add the following build parameter. [3] [4]

--arch amd64

kFreeBSD is entirely untested and most likely needs additional work (see footnotes). [5]

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  1. The linux-image-686-pae linux-headers-686-pae linux-image-486 linux-headers-486 kernel is installed, and only for compatibility reasons. Users with modern hardware can omit linux-image-486 linux-headers-486 and those with ancient hardware can omit linux-image-686-pae linux-headers-686-pae.
  2. https://github.com/grml/grml-debootstrap/pull/13
  3. This only installs the linux-image-amd64 linux-headers-amd64 kernel.
  4. For --arch amd64, the following is implicitly added (unless settings are manually changed).
    --kernel linux-image-amd64 --headers linux-headers-amd64
  5. Lacks --kernel and --headers. kFreeBSD (32-bit).
    --arch kfreebsd-i386

    kFreeBSD (64-bit).

    --arch kfreebsd-amd64