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It is possible to run Tails in a virtual machine using [<span
class="application">VirtualBox</span>](https://www.virtualbox.org/) from a
Windows, Linux, or macOS host operating system.
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<span class="application">VirtualBox</span> has a free software version,
called <span class="application">VirtualBox Open Source Edition</span>
and some proprietary components, for example to add support for USB
devices.
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<p>For security reasons, we recommend you to use only the
<i>Open Source Edition</i>, though it does not
allow use of a Persistent Storage.</p>
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<p>With the <a href="https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch04.html#sharedfolders">
<span class="guilabel">shared folders</span></a> feature of
<span class="application">VirtualBox</span> you can access files of your
host system from within the guest system.</p>
<p>Make sure to understand the security implications of [[accessing
internal hard disks|internal_hard_disk]]
from Tails before using this feature.</p>
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Security considerations for Windows and macOS
In our [[security warnings about virtualization|virtualization#security]] we recommend to run Tails in a virtual machine only if the host operating system is trustworthy.
<p>Microsoft Windows and macOS being proprietary software, they cannot be considered
trustworthy. Only run Tails in a virtual machine on Windows or macOS for testing
purposes and do not rely on it for security.</p>
Installation
To install *VirtualBox* in Debian or Ubuntu, execute the following command:
sudo apt install virtualbox
For instructions on how to install *VirtualBox* on other operating systems, refer to the [VirtualBox documentation](https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/End-user_documentation).