Tails is based on Debian 7 (Wheezy). It will switch to Debian 8 (Jessie) a few months after its release.
- Tor with:
- NetworkManager for easy network configuration (More...)
- Tor Browser (More...), a web
browser based on Mozilla Firefox and modified to protect your anonymity with:
- all cookies are treated as session cookies by default;
- HTTPS Everywhere transparently enables SSL-encrypted connections to a great number of major websites
- AdBlock Plus to remove advertisements.
- Pidgin preconfigured with OTR for Off-the-Record Messaging (More...)
- Claws Mail e-mail client, with GnuPG support (More...)
- Liferea feed aggregator
- Gobby for collaborative text writing
- Aircrack-ng for wireless networks auditing
- I2P an anonymizing network (More...)
- Electrum, an easy-to-use bitcoin client (More...)
- LibreOffice (More...)
- Gimp and Inkscape to edit images (More...)
- Scribus for page layout
- Audacity for recording and editing sounds (More...)
- PiTiVi for non-linear audio/video editing (More...)
- Poedit to edit .po files
- Simple Scan and SANE for scanner support
- Brasero to burn CD/DVD
- Sound Juicer to rip audio CDs
- Traverso a multi-track audio recorder and editor
- LUKS and GNOME Disks to install and use encrypted storage devices, for example USB sticks (More...)
- GnuPG, the GNU implementation of OpenPGP for email and data encyption and signing
- Monkeysign, a tool for OpenPGP key signing and exchange
- PWGen, a strong password generator
- Shamir's Secret Sharing using gfshare and ssss
- Florence virtual keyboard as a countermeasure against hardware keyloggers (More...)
- MAT to anonymize metadata in files
- KeePassX password manager (More...)
- GtkHash to calculate checksums (More...)
- Keyringer, a command line tool to encrypt secrets shared through Git (More...)
- Paperkey a command line tool to back up OpenPGP secret keys on paper (More...)
The full packages list can be found in the BitTorrent files download
directory (look for files with the
You can install additional software in Tails: all software packaged for Debian is installable in Tails.
- 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.
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.