VM Settings Easy Common

From Whonix

This is the easiest, but least secure option. (#more security)

For Qubes-Whonix ™, click on Expand on the right.

1. Create a new VM.

2. Set sys-whonix as your VM's NetVM.

Qube Managerright-click vm-nameNetVMsys-whonixOK [1]

For Non-Qubes-Whonix ™, click on Expand on the right.

Download and Use the Default Whonix-Gateway ™

Download and import the Whonix-Gateway ™ using the same procedure as per the Whonix ™-Default / Download-Version. No other Whonix-Gateway ™ changes are required in this case!

Set up a Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™

There are currently two ways to set up a Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™. Either:

  1. Manually create a VirtualBox VM (established, old method).
  2. Download and import a Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ (stable method).

Users who want to manually create a VirtualBox VM using the established and old method, click on Expand on the right.

1. Create a VirtualBox VM

Follow these steps in order:

VirtualBoxMachineNewNextEnter Name (for example, myVM)Enter Operating System and VersionNextDefine RAMNextCreate a new HDD (or not)NextDisk format doesn't matter (VDI works well)NextSet dynamically or fixed size preferenceNextSet HDD size and location preferenceNextCreate

2. Switch VirtualBox VM Settings

Follow these steps in order:

  • Choose the newly created VM (for example, myVM)SettingsSystemMotherboardHardware Clock in UTC
  • SystemMotherboardPointing DevicePS/2 Mouse (required to disable the USB controller)
  • SystemProcessorEnable PAE/NX (if available)
  • NetworkAdapter 1Attached to Internal Network (important!)
  • NetworkAdapter 1Name (of Internal Network) (important!): Whonix [2]
  • USBUncheck Enable USB controller
  • OK

Users who want to download and import a Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ template using the stable method, click on Expand on the right.

This method's advantage is that there is need to manually create a new VM. The process is greatly simplified; the Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ only needs to be downloaded and imported. This approach has several benefits: it is easier, all security settings are set for the VM, and users don't have to remember and apply necessary settings.

The latest Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ Version is:

Although the version number for Whonix-Gateway ™ and Whonix ™-Default / Download-Version might be far higher than the Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ version, this is normal. [3]

1. Download the Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™

Download the following image.


2. Download the OpenPGP Signature

Download the corresponding OpenPGP signature.

OpenPGP Signature

3. Verify the Whonix Image

Follow these steps to verify the Whonix image.

4. Import and Rename the Virtual Machine

After importing the image, rename the virtual machine to something else. [4] VirtualBoxRight-click on VMSettingsName (for example: myVM)

If this method was used, please report how well it worked in the Whonix forum.

Start VM and Install Operating System

  1. Start the newly created VM (for example: myVM).
  2. Insert the installation DVD.
  3. Updates don't have to installed while installing the OS. Post-install, apply updates after the network has been set up.
  4. The username is: user. The computer name is: host
    1. qubes-prefs --set vm-name netvm sys-whonix
    2. Note: It is Whonix, not whonix. Capital W case sensitivity matters.
    3. A newer Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ only needs to be redistributed if the settings for the VM have changed. For example, these have not changed between Whonix 9 and Whonix 13. Therefore, Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ version is recent enough to function, because it comes with an empty virtual hard drive (meaning software cannot be outdated).
    4. It is not strictly necessary to rename the VM at this point, but this prevents potential naming conflicts if another Whonix-Custom-Workstation ™ is imported later on.