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Whonix-Gateway System DNS

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DNS on Whonix-Gateway[edit]


Advanced users only!
Usually recommended against and unnecessary.

All traffic from Whonix-Workstation and Whonix-Gateway is routed over Tor. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Whonix-Workstation is configured to use various SocksPorts, DnsPort and TransPort, see also Stream Isolation. Whonix-Gateway is only configured to use various SocksPorts. A global system DNS resolver isn't required for Whonix-Gateway for any common use case to justify enabling it by default. Use cases where this could be useful include:

  • resolving the hostname of a proxy used in /etc/tor/torrc through Tor would be useful (technical explanation)
  • resolving the hostname of a VPN. But then using a VPN configuration using IPs only would be better.
  • Perhaps we could use /etc/hosts for such use cases rather than enabling system DNS?


Working. Using Whonix-Gateway's user clearnet.

sudo chmod -x /etc/dhcp/dhclient-enter-hooks.d/nodnsupdate

sudo chattr -i /etc/resolv.conf

sudo rm /etc/resolv.conf

sudo service networking restart

sudo su clearnet

Test it, for example using ping.

ping google.com

See Also[edit]


  1. Since Whonix 0.2.1 also the Whonix-Gateway traffic is routed over Tor. This prevents telling the world that the user is a Whonix user.
  2. To preserve anonymity of activities the user is doing inside Whonix-Workstation, it would not be required to torify Whonix-Gateway's own traffic.
  3. For your interest: if you were to change DNS settings on Whonix-Gateway in /etc/resolv.conf, this would only affect Whonix-Gateways's own DNS requests issued by applications using the system's default DNS resolver. Actually, by default, no applications issuing network traffic on Whonix-Gateway use the system's default DNS resolver. All applications installed by default on Whonix-Gateway issuing network traffic (apt-get, whonixcheck, timesync) are explicitly configured (or forced by uwt wrappers) to use their own Tor SocksPort (see Stream Isolation).
  4. Whonix-Workstation's default applications are configured to use separate Tor SocksPort's (see Stream Isolation), thus not using the system's default DNS resolver. Any applications on Whonix-Workstation, not configured for stream isolation (for example nslookup), will use the default DNS server configured in Whonix-Workstation in /etc/network/interfaces, which is Whonix-Gateway. Those DNS requests will be redirected to Tor's DnsPort by Whonix-Gateway's firewall. (Therefore Whonix-Gateway's /etc/resolv.conf does not affect Whonix-Workstation's DNS requests.)

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