Tails is based on Debian 7 (Wheezy). It will switch to Debian 8 (Jessie) a few months after its release.

Included software

  • GNOME, an intuitive and attractive desktop environment (More...)


Desktop Edition

Encryption and privacy

The full packages list can be found in the BitTorrent files download directory (look for files with the .packages extension).

Additional software

You can install additional software in Tails: all software packaged for Debian is installable in Tails.

Additional features

  • automatic mechanism to upgrade a USB stick or a SD card to newer versions
  • can be run as a virtualized guest inside VirtualBox (More...)
  • customization (e.g. to add a given missing piece of software) is relatively easy: one may build a custom Amnesic Incognito Live System in about one hour on a modern desktop computer
  • 64-bit PAE-enabled kernel with NX-bit and SMP support on hardware that supports it
  • Some basic accessibility features
  • Some application isolation with AppArmor
  • To prevent cold-boot attacks and various memory forensics, Tails erases memory on shutdown and when the boot media is physically removed.

Multilingual support

When starting Tails, you can choose between a large number of languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Catalan, Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Persian, Finnish, French, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Bokmål, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Albanian, Serbian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Chinese.

The required keyboard input system is automatically enabled.

Some of these languages could not be thoroughly tested as we don't speak every language in the world. If you find issues using one of the supposedly supported languages, don't hesitate to tell us about it. E.g. Tails probably lacks some non-Latin fonts or input systems.

If you wish to make it easier to use Tails for your language speakers, see the translators guidelines.