Tails 5.6 is out (2022-10-25)

Tails 5.6 is out

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.5.5.
  • Update the Linux kernel to 5.10.149. This should improve the support for newer hardware: graphics, Wi-Fi, and so on.

Fixed problems

  • When a manual upgrade is required, Tails now always points to the release notes of the latest version, instead of pointing sometimes to a deprecated version. (#17069)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 5.6

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 5.0 or later to 5.6.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:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don’t need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 5.6 directly:

What’s coming up?

Tails 5.7 is scheduled for November 22.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2022-10-25

= Changelog =

tails (5.6) unstable; urgency=medium

  • Upgrade Linux to 5.10.149 (tails/tails!935)

    Closes issues:

    • Fix beacown (tails/tails#19210)


    • Release process: bring back test that we can run locally, but not on Jenkins
    • Really disable broken Thunderbird test
    • Upgrade Linux to 5.10.149-1
  • Disable broken Thunderbird test (tails/tails!934)


    • Disable broken Thunderbird test
  • Upgrade Tor Browser to 11.5.5 (tails/tails!936)

    Closes issues:

    • Upgrade to Tor Browser 11.5.5 (ESR 91.13 + ESR 102.4 backports)


    • Upgrade Tor Browser to 11.5.5
  • post-release misc updates (tails/tails!932)


    • easier transmission-remote instructions
    • avoid re-downloading if restarting
    • better instructions for automated test suite
  • Thunderbird: remove obsolete oauth2 pref (tails/tails!929)


    • Thunderbird: remove obsolete oauth2 pref
  • Upgrader: when a manual upgrade is needed, point to the news & manual upgrade
    doc without specifying a (probably incorrect) version (tails/tails!915)

    Closes issues:

    • Tails Upgrader recommends manual upgrades to deprecated versions


    • Make /latest inline the translated version of the release notes
    • Rewrite in Markdown
    • Move latest release notes out of /news
    • Improve phrasing
    • Point to release notes of latest version only
    • Upgrader: when a manual upgrade is needed, point to the news & manual upgrade
      doc without specifying a version

– Tails developers tails@boum.org Mon, 24 Oct 2022 08:06:36 +0000