You can help Tails! The second beta for the upcoming version 3.0 is out. We are very excited and cannot wait to hear what you think about it :)

What's new in 3.0~beta2?

Tails 3.0 will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 9 (Stretch). As such, it upgrades essentially all included software.

Other changes since Tails 3.0~beta1 include:

  • All changes brought by Tails 2.11.

  • Upgrade to current Debian 9 (Stretch).

  • Upgrade Linux to 4.9.0-2 (version 4.9.13-1).

  • Make it possible to start graphical applications in the Root Terminal.

  • Improve styling of the GNOME Shell window list.

Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

How to test Tails 3.0~beta2?

We will provide security updates for Tails 3.0~beta2, just like we do for stable versions of Tails.

But keep in mind that this is a test image. We tested that it is not broken in obvious ways, but it might still contain undiscovered issues.

But test wildly!

If you find anything that is not working as it should, please report to us on

Bonus points if you first check if it is a known issue of this release or a longstanding known issue.

Download and install

Tails 3.0~beta2 ISO image

To install 3.0~beta2, follow our usual installation instructions, skipping the Download and verify step.

Known issues in 3.0~beta2

  • The documentation was not adjusted yet.

  • The Formats settings chosen in Tails Greeter have no effect (#12079).

  • There is no Read-Only feature for the persistent volume anymore; it is not clear yet whether it will be re-introduced in time for Tails 3.0 final (#12093).

  • If you use the KeePassX persistence feature, you need to manually import your passwords database (#10956).

  • Some command-line programs (at least Monkeysign, Git, and wget) display confusing error messages in the Terminal, although they work fine: #11736, #12091, #12205.

  • I2P fails to start (#12108). Note that I2P will be removed in Tails 2.12 and 3.0.

  • Open tickets for Tails 3.0

  • Longstanding known issues