You can help Tails! The first release candidate 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~rc1?

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

Changes since Tails 3.0~beta4 include:

  • Important security fixes!

  • Upgrade to current Debian 9 (Stretch).

  • Upgrade tor to

  • Upgrade Tor Browser to 7.0a4.

  • Migrate from Icedove to Thunderbird (only cosmetic).

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

How to test Tails 3.0~rc1?

We will provide security updates for Tails 3.0~rc1, 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~rc1

To upgrade, an automatic upgrade is available from 3.0~beta4 to 3.0~rc1.

If you cannot do an automatic upgrade, you can install 3.0~rc1 by following our usual installation instructions, skipping the Download and verify step.

Tails 3.0~rc1 ISO image

Tails 3.0~rc1 torrent

Known issues in 3.0~rc1

  • 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).

  • The persistent Tor Browser bookmarks feature is broken if you enable it for the first time in Tails 3.0~rc1; any persistent bookmarks from before will still work.

    You can workaround this as follows, after you start Tails the first time with Browser bookmarks persistence enabled:

    1. Start Tor Browser and let it load
    2. Close Tor Browser
    3. Run this in a Terminal:

      cp /home/amnesia/.tor-browser/profile.default/places.sqlite \
      rm /home/amnesia/.tor-browser/profile.default/places.sqlite*
      ln -s /home/amnesia/.mozilla/firefox/bookmarks/places.sqlite \
  • Thunderbird email client fails to load for some users. You can fix this by creating a file called .migrated in the folder of your Thunderbird profile. To do so, run this command in a Terminal:

    touch /home/amnesia/.thunderbird/profile.default/.migrated
  • 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!