How to Verify Whonix

Hello Whonix Community,:grinning:

I am a pure linux beginner, and i have worked until now only under Windows.

For Mint, I’ve decided since it’s a good beginner OS.

Now I intend to install Whonix in Virtualbox.

following instructions I have followed:

With the help of GnuPG I would like to verify the key.

following scenario:

In step 3 I should enter the following command: “gpg --keyid-format long --with-fingerprint patrick.asc”. The download was filed accordingly in downloads.

The following error message:

gpg --keyid-formatlong --with-fingerprint patrick.ascgpg: ‘patrick.asc’ can not be opened (this means the file can not be opened).

Then I wanted to follow this tutorial “https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Template:Verify_the_virtual_machine_images_using_Linux” so I can verify the files. But the probleme is, that the step before (Install GnuPG) was not sucessfully and i cant following the next step.

Now I turn to you hopefully. What can I do to verify the files?

About nice feedbacks I would be very happy.

regards and thx in advance

Hi CatWithBlackHat


cd /home/user/Downloads/


gpg --keyid-format long --with-fingerprint patrick.asc

Hey 0brand,

so since it has now worked “https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Signing_Key” I go now to the next step.

I have patrick.asc now opened with KGpg.

I can see the following window:


according to the internetseite it should look like this

Does the file still need to be imported? If so, where?

When opening KGpg comes the following message

Unfortunately I can not go any further.

I am really glad to have registered here. Here a thank God helped.

Hi CatWithBlackHat

You have already imported patrick.asc if you have completed the steps (1-6) https://whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Signing_Key

If you are still having problems with Kgpg you may want to try using command line verification. It may be less buggy.


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Hey 0brand,

it is really nice that you try help me. Thanks for that :yum:

Yes i finished the steps (1-6) https://whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Signing_Key1.

  • Is this enough and my files are verify?


In the next step i must using KGpg. This i done and opended the asc file.

I see following picture: https://picload.org/view/dgigaiir/key-mangement.png.html

In the tutorial it looks like: http://www.bilder-upload.eu/show.php?file=2a4e0b-1507402575.png

When i start KGpg i become this message http://www.bilder-upload.eu/show.php?file=14f5af-1507402334.png

  • How i see, that the key (patrick.asc) is the correct and no untrust ?

  • Is the Step (1-6) https://whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Signing_Key1 enough?

  • Which of the link i must click? KVM or Virtualbox? After i done one of the 2 tutorials i verify the Iso complete?
    I really not Know many about Linux at time, because used it only 2-3 days.

Is it Okay for you, that you maybe list the steps i must do to verify? And how it looks, if it is verify?

If you spend alot of time to help, i will spend you little Bitcoins if you want. I really happy to learn new things and i happy that you help me.

Have a nice day and sorry for my Roman. :grinning:

Hi CatWithBlackHat

Not enough to verify. You have only imported the key (patrick.asc).

Kgpg can sometimes be a little buggy. If you are still having problems you may want to try verifying the virtual machines with the command line.


I know you already downloaded the Whonix signing key ( patrick.asc ) into /home/user/Downloads. You must also download the cryptographic signatures (Whonix-gateway OpenPGP signature and Whonix-workstation OpenPGP signature) into the same directory.

They are right under the Whonix-gateway and Whonix-workstation Virtual Machine downloads on this page.


Once you have completed that

cd /home/user/Downloads

After that follow the instructions from Verify from the Command Line

I really appreciate the thought but it is not necessary. However it is good to keep in mind that Whonix needs our Donations to stay alive. :wink:

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