Recommended VirtualBox Version for use with Whonix ™
Recommended VirtualBox Version
It is strongly advised to use the recommended VirtualBox version with Whonix ™, otherwise there can be issues. 
Linux instructions and further install directions
- Use the recommended VirtualBox version : latest (click for more information)
- For Windows and Mac: Just download and install.
- For Linux follow instructions below:
Hosts using a non-Debian OS:
Install VirtualBox as per the normal mechanism for your Linux distribution. Whonix ™ has has been tested with, expects VirtualBox version
For example VirtualBox version
5.2.18 has been reported to not be compatible.
18.04LTS) APT repository ships only VirtualBox version
5.2.18 and Whonix ™ will probably not work.
You might want to release-upgrade to Ubuntu
21.04) and install the
virtualbox package from the
hirsute-updates backports repository which provides at time of writing VirtualBox version
- These instructions are for host operating systems running Debian
bullseye, which is recommended.
- Other Debian releases might work, but this is untested.
- To acquire the Recommended VirtualBox version tested with Whonix ™, package
virtualboxshould be installed from Debian
fasttrackrepository according to the following instructions. 
1. On the host.
Open a terminal.
2. Add Debian the
Update the package lists.
Install the Debian
fasttrack signing key.
Add the Debian
3. Update the package lists again. 
4. Install VirtualBox and Linux kernel headers.
5. Add your current user to group
The procedure of installing the VirtualBox host software is complete.
Latest VirtualBox Version
Alternatively the version number can be seen on the VirtualBox Wikipedia page, although there might be times when Wikipedia is outdated.
The user could also consider to subscribe to the VirtualBox announcements newsletter.
- Stable Whonix ™ Version for VirtualBox
- Whonix ™ for VirtualBox - Testers Only Version
- Install Newer Versions of VirtualBox
- VirtualBox Guest Additions and Shared Folders
- VirtualBox Troubleshooting
220.127.116.11was built and tested with VirtualBox version latest. Newer VirtualBox versions not listed on the stable version of Whonix ™ for VirtuallBox, testers-only version of Whonix ™ for VirtuallBox or otherwise in Whonix ™ News are untested by Whonix ™ developers. This can cause issues such as instability (VirtualBox VMs not starting, VMs suddenly closing, host freezing, VM black screen). It is advised to wait until newer versions of VirtualBox are recommended for use with Whonix ™.
Newer VirtualBox versions are hard to install on Debian
bullseye. Perhaps the VirtualBox host software is available (even as a Debian package) from the virtualbox.org repository, but VirtualBox guest additions are not available as a Debian package. Using an older version of VirtualBox guest additions (like the pre-installed ones) might lead to broken functionality such as an inability to resize the VM or general instability. Installation of VirtualBox guest additions from ISO might also cause issues.
- VirtualBox Unavailable in Debian stable and backports due to Debian Stable Security Maintenance Issues
- Debian VirtualBox feature request: upload to Debian fasttrack
- Debian fasttrack feature request: please add VirtualBox to fasttrack
- Missing dependencies on Buster for Virtualbox 6.1.6
- VirtualBox feature request: Guest Additions Debian Packages unavailable from Oracle Repository
- building VirtualBox from source code failing and nobody could fix it, and again.
checkbackportstating that creating a backport from the Debian
sidVirtualBox source package is not possible.
- Installing VirtualBox on Debian 10 / Debian buster / buster-backports / fasttrack
- Call for help:
- VirtualBox Integration
- Challenges Installing VirtualBox
This is non-ideal but required since VirtualBox in unavailable in official Debian
bullseyerepository and difficult to install due to VirtualBox Installation Challenges. Alternatively you could install VirtualBox from the Oracle (virtualbox.org) Repository, but this comes with different risks. VirtualBox might be updated by VirtualBox developers before being tested with Whonix ™ which could then lead to issues. (Described in footnote here.)
This is to acquire the Debian
fasttrackrepository package sources.
Optional: See: https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch02.html#install-linux-vboxusers
~/.config/VirtualBox/VBoxSVC.loglog if not done.