Whonix ™ APT Repository Overview
Whonix ™ currently provides four repository choices:
- Whonix ™
stableAPT repository: Recommended for most users. The production level packages focus on providing the most reliable Whonix ™ experience. 
- Whonix ™
stable-proposed-updatesAPT repository: After testing by a wider audience, these packages migrate to the stable repository. 
- Whonix ™
testersAPT repository: Recommended for testers, since it is only briefly tested by Whonix ™ developers. It could break APT during an upgrade, requiring terminal commands to rectify the problem. 
- Whonix ™
developersAPT repository: As above, except it includes untested changes. These changes may eventually migrate to the testers repository there is reasonable certainty that these changes will not break the update system. It is not recommended, unless the user is in touch with the development team.
Due to the Whonix ™ design, a user's security is unlikely to be materially affected by preferring the "beta" (
stable-proposed-updates) or "alpha" (
testers) repositories over the default stable one. 
Change Whonix ™ APT Repository
It is easy for users to switch between Whonix ™ repositories.
If you are using Qubes-Whonix ™, please press Expand on the right.
If you are using Whonix ™, please press Expand on the right.
Afterwards, the following window will appear.
Figure: Auto-update Configuration
Figure: Repository Selection
Command Line Interface
If you are a terminal user, please press Expand on the right.
In Terminal, run.
Figure: Launch Terminal
Figure: Run repository-dist
Choose one of the following repositories based on personal preferences.
To use the repository, follow the usual update instructions.
Disable Whonix ™ APT Repository
For Trust reasons some users may prefer not to use Whonix ™ APT Repository. In that case, it is necessary to update Debian packages in Whonix ™ from source code, which is inconvenient.
All Default-Download-Version Whonix ™ variants have the Whonix ™ APT repository enabled. It can be disabled via the GUI or in a terminal with the Derivative Repository Tool.
Table: Whonix ™ APT Repository Disabling
|Platform / Method||Instructions|
|Whonix ™ Built from Source Code||If Whonix ™ is built from source code, Whonix ™ APT Repository is not added by default. The only exception is if users opt in using a build configuration. It is also possible to verify
that it is already disabled.
|Whonix ™ Default-Download-Version: GUI||
|Whonix ™ Default-Download-Version: Terminal||To disable it in a terminal, run. |
sudo repository-dist --disable
Users can optionally verify Whonix ™ APT repository is disabled after this procedure.
Verify Whonix ™ APT Repository is Disabled
To check the Whonix ™ APT repository was successfully disabled, run the following tests.
1. Use apt-key.
This test should not show any Whonix ™-specific keys, such as Patrick Schleizer's OpenPGP key.
2. Check if file
If it does not exist, the procedure was successful.
3. Optional: conduct additional tests as a precaution.
/etc/apt/sources.list file. It should not include the Whonix ™ APT Repository.
Next examine the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ folder as well.
- Whonix ™ Debian package - which ones are safe to remove?
- Building/upgrading Whonix ™ Debian packages from source code
If possible, users are requested to run a separate testers-only Whonix-Gateway ™ (
sys-whonix) and Whonix-Workstation ™ (
anon-whonix) that has the
testersrepository enabled. If too few people test Whonix ™, undiscovered issues might migrate to the stable repository.
- Users are recommended to make a VM clone for this repository just in case it breaks. That way changes can be rolled back if necessary.
betaare avoided because they have generally lost their meaning in the software field; many applications remain in
betastatus for years, even though they work perfectly well.