You can help Tails! The fourth 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~beta4?

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~beta3 include:

  • Important security fixes!

  • All changes brought by Tails 2.12.

  • Upgrade to current Debian 9 (Stretch).

  • Many bug fixes in Tails Greeter.

  • Fix the ORCA screen reader.

  • Replace Pidgin's "systray" icon with the guifications plugin.

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

How to test Tails 3.0~beta4?

We will provide security updates for Tails 3.0~beta4, 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.

Get Tails 3.0~beta4

To upgrade, an automatic upgrade is available from 3.0~beta2 and 3.0~beta3 to 3.0~beta4.

If you cannot do an automatic upgrade, you can install 3.0~beta4 by following our usual installation instructions, skipping the Download and verify step.

Tails 3.0~beta4 ISO image

Known issues in 3.0~beta4

  • The documentation has only been partially updated so far.

  • The graphical interface fails to start on some Intel graphics adapters. If this happens to you:

    1. Add the xorg-driver=intel option in the boot menu.
    2. If this fixes the problem, report to to the output of the following commands:

      lspci -v
      lspci -mn

      … so we get the identifier of your graphics adapter and can have this fix applied automatically in the next Tails 3.0 pre-release.

    3. If this does not fix the problem, try Troubleshooting Mode and report the problem to Include the exact model of your Intel graphics adapter.
  • 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).

  • Open tickets for Tails 3.0~rc1

  • Open tickets for Tails 3.0

  • Longstanding known issues

What's coming up?

We will likely publish the first release candidate for Tails 3.0 around May 19.

Tails 3.0 is scheduled for June 13.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!