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It is important to read the latest Whonix news to stay in touch with ongoing developments. This way, users also benefit from notifications about important security vulnerabilities and improved releases which address identified issues, like those found affecting the updater or other core elements.

Whonix News Blogs

For user convenience, there are multiple avenues for receiving news. Choose the most suitable option from this list:

  1. Whonix Important Blog Whonix Important Blog Rss - Only critical information is reported. This includes security vulnerabilities and new stable Whonix versions. It is best suited for people with very limited time and interest in Whonix development and news.
  2. Whonix Feature Blog Whonix Feature Blog rss - This includes everything from the Whonix Important Blog and has a relaxed posting policy. Testers-only and developers Whonix versions are announced here, along with the publishing of blog posts about updated articles, new features, future features, development, calls for testing, general project ideas and so on.
  3. Other choices. [1]

If time-constrained, users should at least read the Whonix Important Blog. Follow the Whonix Feature Blog if interested in learning about anonymity / privacy / security-related issues in detail, or to follow recent Whonix developments.

Operating System Updates

As strongly recommended in the Security Guide, it is necessary to regularly check for operating system updates on the host operating system, and both the Whonix-Workstation and Whonix-Gateway.

Tor Browser

Tor Browser's built-in update check mechanism also works in Whonix, so use it whenever updates become available. [2]

For additional information about Tor Browser updates see Tor Browser. Additionally, consider subscribing to https://blog.torproject.org for developments from The Tor Project.

Whonix Version Check and Whonix News

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Whonix Version Check (first rectangle in black) and
Whonix News (second rectangle in green)

Whonixcheck will also automatically provide notifications about new Whonix versions and critical Whonix News updates. [3]

Running Whonixcheck

By default, Whonixcheck runs automatically from time to time whenever the user starts up a Whonix-Workstation (commonly called whonix-ws). Whonixcheck verifies that the Whonix system is up-to-date and that everything is in proper working order.

Even though Whonixcheck should run automatically and periodically, [4] users can also manually run Whonixcheck to check the system status by following the directions below.

How to Manually Run Whonixcheck

If you are using Qubes-Whonix, complete the following steps. [5]

Qubes App Launcher (blue/grey "Q") -> click on the Whonix VM you want to check -> whonixcheck / System Check

If you are using a graphical Whonix, complete the following steps.

Start Menu -> System -> whonixcheck

If you are using a terminal-only Whonix, complete the following steps.


Depending on the system specifications, Whonixcheck may take up to a few minutes to run. Assuming everything is working as intended, the output should highlight each "INFO" heading in green (not red). A successful Whonixcheck process results in output similar to the sample below.

Sample Whonixcheck Output

INFO: SocksPort Test Result: Connected to Tor. IP: 

INFO: TransPort Test Result: Connected to Tor. IP: 

INFO: Stream Isolation Test Result: Functional. 

INFO: Whonix News Result:
√ Up to date: whonix-workstation-packages-dependencies 3.4.2-1

INFO: Debian Package Update Check Result: No updates found via apt-get. 

INFO: Whonix APT Repository: Enabled. When the Whonix team releases JESSIE updates, they will be AUTOMATICALLY installed (when you run apt-get dist-upgrade) along with updated packages from the Debian team. Please read https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Trust to understand the risk. If you want to change this, use: 
dom0 -> Start Menu -> Template: whonix-ws -> Whonix Repository 

Tor Bootstrap

Tor bootstrap refers to the process of attempting to connect to the Tor network (successfully or unsuccessfully). Familiar output related to this process includes: "Tor connecting xx percent...", "Tor not connected", "Tor connected" and so on. Bootstrapping does not refer to related concepts, such as whether connections are "secure", "not secure", "anonymous" or "not anonymous".

Social Media Profiles

There are some Whonix Social Media Profiles online, but please do not rely on them for the latest Whonix News or to contact Whonix developers (see Contact for contact information).

As some users will disregard this advice, messages from the Whonix Feature Blog are automatically mirrored to the Whonix Twitter Profile and the Whonix Facebook Profile. However, they are not mirrored to the Whonix Google+ Profile.

If it is safe to inform others about Whonix, feel free to Contribute via an anonymous account that follows or likes these profiles. This page can be shared on: Twitter | Facebook | Google+.

Source Code

If Whonix source code updates are of interest, subscribe to code changes.
  1. Other choices:
  2. The only exception is Tor Browser running in a DisposableVM in Qubes-Whonix, since the update will not persist.
  3. For example: When a version becomes unsupported, if manual user action is required, if major features break, or if security vulnerabilities are found. The policy is to use Whonix News sparingly.
  4. This does not happen every time the user starts a Whonix-Workstation.
  5. Qubes VM Manager -> right-click on the Whonix VM you want to check -> select "Run command in VM"

    Type the following.
    Then press.

    Type the following.


    Then press.