Install Whonix in Qubes

Installing Whonix in Qubes is simple and only requires a few simple steps.

First Time Users

Using privacy and anonymization tools like Whonix is not a magical solution that instantly makes you anonymous online. Please consider:

  • Do you know what metadata or a man-in-the-middle attack is?
  • Do you think nobody can eavesdrop on your communications because you are using Tor?
  • Do you know how Whonix works?

If you answered no, have a look at the about, warning and do not pages (on the Whonix website) to make sure Whonix is the right tool for you and you understand its limitations.


Install Templates

Launch the dom0 terminal Konsole from your Qubes App Launcher. Then enter the following command to install the Whonix-Gateway and Workstation TemplateVMs.

sudo qubesctl state.sls qvm.anon-whonix

Download will take a while and there will be no progress indicator.

After doing this, you should see two new TemplateVMs in the VM Manager called whonix-gw and whonix-ws as well as a whonix-gw TemplateBased ProxyVM called sys-whonix as well as a whonix-ws based AppVM called anon-whonix.

Enabling AppArmor

This is an optional security enhancement (for testers-only). If you’re technical and interested, see Enabling AppArmor.

Running Applications

To start an application in the anon-whonix AppVM, launch it like any other - open the Qubes App Launcher and then select an app such as Tor Browser.

Advanced Information

You can learn more about installing Whonix, Qubes-Whonix or Whonix generally.