New features

Metadata Cleaner

We added Metadata Cleaner, a new tool to clean metadata from your files.

When we switched to MAT 0.8.0 in Tails 4.0, MAT lost its graphical interface and was only accessible from the contextual menu of the Files browser. It became especially hard for new users of Tails to learn how to clean their files. Metadata Cleaner fixes this by providing a simple and easily discoverable graphic interface to remove metadata.

Metadata Cleaner works on the same file formats and is as secure as MAT because Metadata Cleaner also uses MAT in the background to do the actual cleaning.

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.5.8.

  • Update tor to 0.4.7.11.

  • Remove pdf-redact-tools, which was broken. (#19250)

Fixed problems

We fixed 2 small usability issues in Tor Connection:

  • Explain better how to use the Unsafe Browser to sign in to a local network. (#19168)

  • Remove the (easier) and (safer) comments in the first screen. (#19166)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

Progress bar of Tor Connection getting stuck around 50%

When using a custom Tor obfs4 bridge, 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.

    We believe that this issue should not happen with an up-to-date bridge running obfs4proxy version 0.0.12 or later.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 5.7

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 5.0 or later to 5.7.

    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 5.7 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 5.8 is scheduled for December 20.

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