Whonix ™ for VirtualBox with Xfce

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Ambox warning pn.svg.png Warning: This is the testers-only version of Whonix ™ for VirtualBox. For the stable version, go to VirtualBox.

Please follow these steps to install Whonix ™ Xfce for VirtualBox.

1 Download Whonix ™ Xfce

Whonix ™ Xfce is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux

Optional: Verify the Whonix ™ Images cryptographically.


notice Digital signatures can increase security but this requires knowledge. Learn more about digital software signature verification.

How to verify the Whonix ™ Images : Whonix ™ virtual machine images are cryptographically signed by Whonix ™ developer Patrick Schleizer using OpenPGP and signify.

Do you already how to perform digital software verification using an OpenPGP and/or signify key?

2 Install VirtualBox

Download and install VirtualBox for your operating system.


Download VirtualBox for Windows (FREE!) WINDOWS

Optional: Digital software verification.

VirtualBox for Windows is not signed with OpenPGP / gpg. It is signed with authenticode.

After downloading the VirtualBox installer exe and starting it, the user should verify that sure that Verified publisher: is Oracle Corporation.

Figure: Windows digital software verification window for VirtualBox

Virtualbox windows digital software verification.png


Download VirtualBox for macOS (FREE!) OSX

Optional: Digital software verification.

VirtualBox for macOS is not signed with OpenPGP / gpg. It is notarized for macOS's gatekeeper. See also Apple's official documentation Safely open apps on your Macarchive.org.


Ubuntu host operating systems:

Tested on October 2022 using Ubuntu version 22.04. Older versions are not recommended.

Command Line (All Users)

1. On the host.

Open a terminal.

2. Update the package lists.

sudo apt update

3. Install VirtualBox and Linux kernel headers.

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends virtualbox-qt linux-headers-generic

4. Add your current user to group vboxusers. [1]

sudo adduser $(whoami) vboxusers

5. Done.

The procedure of installing the VirtualBox host software is complete.

Software Center (only if not using SecureBoot)

Ubuntu Software Center can be used to install VirtualBox. The process is similar to installation of most other applications.

This only works for users with computers that do not have "SecureBoot" enabled. If the user's computer is using "SecureBoot" the user need to either disable "SecureBoot" in the BIOS or use the command line based instructions. [2]

1. Open the start menu.

2. Click on the Ubuntu Software Center icon.

Figure: Ubuntu Software Center icon

Ubuntu Software icon

3. Click on the magnifying glass to search. → Type virtualbox. → Press enter. → In the search results, click on VirtualBox.

Figure: Ubuntu Software Center - Search For VirtualBox

search for virtualbox

4. Click on Install and wait.

Figure: Ubuntu Software Center Search Result

Install Virtualbox

5. Installation of VirtualBox has been completed.

When the installation has completed, the install icon changes to the uninstall icon. Do not click the uninstall button.

Figure: Ubuntu Software Center - VirtualBox has been installed

Uninstall Virtualbox

6. Click on Show Applications. → Click on Virtual Box start the VirtualBox graphical user interface (GUI).

Figure: Ubuntu Software Center #4

Show Applications

7. Done.

The procedure of installing and starting VirtualBox is complete.


Debian host operating systems:

  • These instructions are for host operating systems running Debian bullseye, which is recommended.
  • Other Debian releases might work, but this is untested. In case of other Debian release:
    See also "Linux host operating systems" below.
    See also "Linux" on the right.
  • To acquire the Recommended VirtualBox version tested with Whonix ™, package virtualbox-qt should be installed from Debian fasttrack repositoryarchive.org according to the following instructions. [3]

1. On the host.

Open a terminal.

2. Add Debian the fasttrack repository.

Update the package lists.

sudo apt update

Install the Debian fasttrack signing key.

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends fasttrack-archive-keyring

Add the Debian fasttrack repository.

echo 'deb https://fasttrack.debian.net/debian/ bullseye-fasttrack main contrib non-free' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/fasttrack.list

3. Add Debian the backports repository. [4]

echo 'deb https://deb.debian.org/debian bullseye-backports main contrib non-free' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/backports.list

4. Update the package lists again. [5]

sudo apt update

5. Install VirtualBox and Linux kernel headers.

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends virtualbox-qt linux-headers-$(dpkg --print-architecture)

6. Add your current user to group vboxusers. [1]

sudo adduser $(whoami) vboxusers

7. Done.

The procedure of installing the VirtualBox host software is complete.


Kicksecure ™ host operating systems:

Instructions for Kicksecure ™ are simpler than instructions for Debian. [6]

1. On the host.

Open a terminal.

2. Update package lists.

sudo apt update

3. Install VirtualBox and Linux kernel headers.

sudo apt install --no-install-recommends virtualbox-qt

4. Add your current user to group vboxusers. [1]

sudo adduser $(whoami) vboxusers

5. Done.

The procedure of installing the VirtualBox host software is complete.


Hosts using a non-Debian operating system:

  • Install VirtualBox as per the normal mechanism for your Linux distribution. No special instructions for Whonix ™ are required. The installation of a recent VirtualBox host software is unspecific to Whonix ™. Consult the documentation of your Linux distribution.
  • Whonix ™ has has been tested with, expects VirtualBox version latest.
  • For example the outdated VirtualBox version 5.2.18 is incompatible.

info General recommendations for users using Linux as a host operating system:

  • Linux kernel version:
    • The recommended host Linux kernel version is the same version that Debian bullseye is using, see linux-image-amd64archive.org.
    • Newer host Linux kernel versions are likely to break VirtualBox VMs in many ways since these are unsupported by VirtualBox. [7]
  • Host operating system: The recommended host Linux distributions are:
    • preferebly the stable version of Kicksecure ™ 16, or
    • Debian Linuxarchive.org version bullseye.

3 Import Whonix ™ into VirtualBox

For Whonix ™ VirtualBox import instructions, please press on expand on the right.

Follow these steps to import Whonix ™ into VirtualBox. Click images to enlarge


There are also Video Tutorials.

If you still need help, please check the Support page.

For command line import instructions, see footnote. [8]

4 Start Whonix ™

Starting Whonix ™ is simple:

  1. Start VirtualBox
  2. Double-click the Whonix-Gateway ™ and Whonix-Workstation ™

First time user / Docs / Troubleshooting[edit]

Whonix ™ default admin password is: changeme default username: user
default password: changeme

Whonix first time users warning Warning:

  • If you do not know what metadata or a man-in-the-middle attack is.
  • If you think nobody can eavesdrop on your communications because you are using Tor.
  • If you have no idea how Whonix ™ works.

Then read the Design and Goals, Whonix ™ and Tor Limitations and Tips on Remaining Anonymous pages to decide whether Whonix ™ is the right tool for you based on its limitations.

Footnotes → press Expand



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Optional: See: https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch02.html#install-linux-vboxusersarchive.org Also spams ~/.config/VirtualBox/VBoxSVC.log log if not done.
  2. This is unspecific to Whonix ™. This is because during package installation of a package that requires kernel modules when "SecureBoot" is enabled, Ubuntu's dkms is prompting the user for a password to encrypt the key which will be used to enroll the kernel module signing key. This is Ubuntu usability issue. It is unknown if any bug report / feature request for this exists. Please contribute, research, report this issue on Ubuntu's issue tracker.
  3. This is Kicksecure logo non-ideal The Web Archive Onion Version but required since VirtualBox in unavailable in official Debian bullseye repository 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.)
  4. This is required because the Debian fasttrack repository depends on the Debian the backports repository.
  5. This is to acquire the Debian fasttrack repository package sources.
  6. This is because by Kicksecure ™ default:
  7. https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/17055#comment:3archive.org
  8. On the Linux platform.
    1. Read License Agreement: vboxmanage import Whonix-XFCE- --vsys 0 --eula show --vsys 1 --eula show 2. Import Whonix-Gateway and Whonix-Workstation. vboxmanage import Whonix-XFCE- --vsys 0 --eula accept --vsys 1 --eula accept
  9. Test 1