Downloadable Whonix-Custom-Workstation VM templates - Testers Wanted!


A new feature has been added with the release of Whonix 9, that has not had the announcement it deserves yet.

There are currently two ways to set up a Whonix-Custom-Workstation. Either 1) manually create a VM (old, stable way); or 2) download and import Whonix-Custom-Workstation (experimental, testers-only). That latter way is new and testing is welcome!

Documentation on the wiki page has been updated.


“Fatal: no bootable medium found! System Halted”

What I did:

-downloaded the OVA Image (
-Imported the image (File/Import Appliance Whonix-Custom-Workstation-9.ova)
-Started Whonix-Custom-Worksation VM


00:00:17.378551 Guest Log: BIOS: Boot : bseqnr=1, bootseq=0231
00:00:17.380150 Guest Log: BIOS: Boot from Floppy 0 failed
00:00:17.380446 Guest Log: BIOS: Boot : bseqnr=2, bootseq=0023
00:00:17.391513 Guest Log: BIOS: CDROM boot failure code : 0003
00:00:17.391686 Guest Log: BIOS: Boot from CD-ROM failed
00:00:17.393498 Guest Log: BIOS: Boot : bseqnr=3, bootseq=0002
00:00:17.400977 Guest Log: BIOS: Boot from Hard Disk 0 failed
00:00:17.404161 Guest Log: No bootable medium found! System halted.
00:00:31.080729 Changing the VM state from ‘RUNNING’ to ‘SUSPENDING’.

I need to append ISO of the OS I would like to use with the Custom Workstation? So I use Wheezy ISO (as an example), install it, and then configure eth0 and edit /etc/resolv.conf?

Why is it advised to rename the VM? Whonix-Custom-Worksation sounds perfect to me.


To avoid confusion/questions when users want to import another Whonix-Custom-Workstation. So they have distinct names and no name conflicts when importing.