error file boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod not found WHONIX/KVM


Hi i installed the latest Whonix Workstation and Whonix Gateway on KVM/QEMU virtual machine
and i get the following error:

error: file ‘/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod’ not found.
grub rescue>

Any help please ???




Seems this problem is caused by the OS installer switching to EFI bootloader when it isn’t supported by the hardware.

I don’t see how you can run into this if you are just importing the QCOW2 images. Is your workstation a custom build?

Try these solutions:


on kali linux 64bit


Your options are:

  • Re-install Kali without EFI support. (Best choice)

  • Install the EFI implementation for KVM known as OVMF. It has been supported by KVM and Libvirt for some time. Note that the code is non-free because it does not meet the DFSG distribution guidelines. Also the Libvirt Apparmor profiles are very likely incompatible with OVMF as of stable: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2292667

  • Failing that, ask on the Kali forum about this as it has nothing to do with Whonix.