Whonix 14 releases: anonymous based-Linux Operating Systems


Whonix is an operating system focused on anonymity and security. It hides the user’s IP address/location and uses the Tor network to anonymize data traffic. This means the contacted server, network eavesdroppers, and operators of the Tor network cannot easily determine which sites are visited, or the user’s physical location. It realistically addresses attacks while maintaining usability. It makes online anonymity possible via fail-safe, automatic, and desktop-wide use of the Tor network. A massively reconfigured Debian base is run inside multiple virtual machines, providing a substantial layer of protection from malware and IP leaks. Pre-installed, pre-configured applications are ready for use, and installing additional apps or personalizing the desktop will in no way jeopardize the user. Whonix is the only actively developed OS designed to be run inside a VM and paired with Tor. Whonix consists of two virtual machines: one of the virtual machines running Tor, acting as a gateway, so-called Whonix-Gateway; another virtual machine called Whonix-Workstation, work in a completely isolated network, connect all through Tor Transit.


Anonymous Browsing

Anonymous Communications, Hosting and Publishing

Platform Base

Tor Network / Toriffication

Security and Anonymity Protection

Tunnel and Chaining Support

Tunnel Other Anonymizing Networks

Whonix 14 has been released.


  • Rebased Whonix on Debian stretch (Debian 9).
  • 64-bit (amd64) only – 32-bit (i386) images will no longer be built and made available for download. [5]
  • The new Anon Connection Wizard [6] feature in Whonix simplifies connections to the Tor network via a Tor bridge and/or a proxy.
  • The Tor pluggable transport meek_lite [7] is now supported, making it much easier to connect to the Tor network in heavily censored areas, like China. [8]
  • Onioncircuits are installed by default in Whonix. [9]
  • Tails’ onion-grater program has been implemented to enable OnionShare, Ricochet and Zeronet compatibility with Whonix. [10]
  • Onion sources are now preferred for Whonix updates/upgrades for greater security.
  • Reduced the size of the default, binary Whonix images by approximately 35 per cent using zerofree. [11] [12]
  • Updated Tor to version 3.3.7 (stable) release to enable full v3 onion functionality for both hosting of onion services and access to v3 onion addresses in Tor Browser.
  • Created the grub-live package [13] which can run Whonix as a live system on non-Qubes-Whonix platforms. [14]
  • Corrected and hardened various AppArmor profiles to ensure the correct functioning of Tor Browser, obfsproxy and other applications.
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