How to update whole Whonix versions?

Hello Whonix devs and everyone, (and a big thank you to Patrick for your continued work!)

I have a basic question about long-term updating of Whonix as major version improvements are implemented.

If I’ve installed Whonix stable (say with VirtualBox), whenever Whonix 14.x stable comes out and I want to benefit from the improvements in security and design in the new Whonix version, do I have to start from fresh VM templates and completely reinstall from scratch in order to do that, or do all major updates still come through the apt-get updates?

This has never been clear in the Wikis.

Thanks for your help.



a) Upgrade Whonix 13 to 14 following these instructions (works for both non-Qubes-Whonix and Qubes-Whonix)


b) Or download, verify, install new Whonix 14 images (Gateway and Workstation) for your platform in non-Qubes-Whonix from the download section when stable is released. Which will be here (edit - correct link):


Oh yeah, and don’t forget to read the Whonix Release Notes for Whonix 14.



True, but for each release, there has been a blog post at News - Whonix Forum in the category important.

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I’d be more than happy to update the wiki Patrick and contribute (just put a basic FAQ bullet point somewhere that seems obvious), is that possible if I create a wiki account? I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes! Especially as I’m not a dev contributor.


Hi whonixlover3

I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes! Especially as I’m not a dev contributor.

Anyone can contribute to the Whonix wiki. All contributions are welcome!!

is that possible if I create a wiki account?

You can create an account or edit anonymously.

Keep in mind

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Edit away!! :wink:


Oh this is great news, I’ve always loved the wiki and found its guides so clear and helpful (in general). Thank you for the tip!

Hi whonixlover3

I forgot to mention that any wiki edits you make have to be reviewed by Patrick before they can be pushed to the wiki. Also content is more important than grammar, punctuation, spelling etc etc… so don’t worry if its not perfect grammatically.

For wiki editing help:

Help:Editing pages - MediaWiki