Tails 5.8 is the most important release of Tails in years. It includes both
major redesign of existing features, important usability improvements, and
This work has been made possible by donations from users like you. If you like
these changes and want more, donate now to fund our work in 2023.
New Persistent Storage
After 2 years of hard work, we are extremelly proud to present you a complete
redesign of the Persistent Storage.
The Persistent Storage hasn’t changed much since its first release in 2012
because the code was hard to modify and improve. But, we learned from users
that the Persistent Storage could do a lot more for you if it had more
features and was easier to use.
You don’t have to restart anymore after creating the Persistent Storage or each time you activate a new feature.
You can change the password of your Persistent Storage from this new application.
You can choose to create a Persistent Storage directly from the Welcome Screen, if you don’t have one already.
Wayland and better Unsafe Browser
We replaced the deprecated X.Org display system with Wayland.
Even if you won’t notice any visual difference, Wayland brings more security
in depth to Tails by making it harder for a compromised application in Tails
to compromise or misuse another application.
For example, since Tails 4.8, the Unsafe Browser was
disabled by default because a security vulnerability in another application in
Tails could start an invisible Unsafe Browser , reveal your IP address, and
Wayland fixes this vulnerability and makes it safe to reenable the Unsafe
Browser by default. You can still disable the Unsafe Browser in the Welcome
Wayland also brings in other features that were not working yet in the Unsafe
- Uploads and downloads
- Alternative input methods for Chinese and other non-Latin languages
- Accessibility features like the screen reader and virtual keyboard
QR code scanning of Tor bridges
We made it easier to enter new Tor bridges in Tails by scanning a QR code.
To get a QR code, you can either:
Send an empty email to firstname.lastname@example.org from a Gmail or Riseup email address.
Get bridges from https://bridges.torproject.org/ and print the QR code on paper.
We are aware that the QR codes that are currently provided are too big to be
easy to scan. We are working with
Tor to make them smaller and easier to scan.
Changes and updates
We fixed 3 usability issues in the Tor Connection assistant:
Display a percentage on the connection progress bar. (#19208)
Fix links to documentation. (#19172)
Add a Bridge label in front of the line to enter a custom bridge. (#19169)
For more details, read our
The switches that turn on and off the different features of the Persistent Storage are very slow to respond on some USB sticks. Please report on #19291 if this happens to you.
The top of the Welcome Screen is cut out on small displays (800×600), like virtual machines. (#19324)
You can press Alt+S to start Tails.
- When using a custom Tor
obfs4bridge, the progress bar of Tor Connection sometimes gets stuck halfway through and becomes extremelly slow. (#19173)
To fix this, you can either:
* Close and reopen _Tor Connection_ to speed up the initial connection. * Try a different `obfs4` bridge.
This issue only affects outdated obfs4 bridges and does not happen with obfs4
bridges that run version 0.0.12 or later.
See the list of long-standing
Get Tails 5.8
To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage
- Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 5.0 or later to 5.8.
You can reduce the size of the
download of future automatic
upgrades by doing a manual upgrade to the latest version.
- If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.
To install Tails on a new USB stick
Follow our installation instructions:
- Install from Windows
- Install from macOS
- Install from Linux
- Install from Debian or Ubuntu using the command line and GnuPG
The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of
To download only
If you don’t need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails
Support and feedback
For support and feedback, visit the Support
section on the Tails website.
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