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[[!meta title="System requirements"]]
Tails works on most computers less than 10 years old.
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<p>Tails might not work on:</p>
<li>Some older computers, for example, if they don't have enough
<li>Some newer computers, for example, if their [[graphics card is
not compatible with Linux|support/known_issues/graphics]].</li>
<p>See the [[known hardware compatibility
Hardware requirements:
- A USB stick of 8 GB minimum or a recordable DVD.
All the data on this USB stick or DVD will be lost when installing Tails.
- The ability to start from a USB stick or a DVD reader.
A 64-bit <span class="definition">[[!wikipedia x86-64]]</span> compatible processor:
<span class="definition">[[!wikipedia IBM_PC_compatible]]</span> but not <span class="definition">[[!wikipedia PowerPC]]</span> nor <span class="definition">[[!wikipedia ARM_architecture desc="ARM"]]</span>.
Most Mac computers are IBM PC compatible since 2006.
Tails does not work with Mac models that use the [[!wikipedia Apple_silicon#M_series desc="Apple M1 or M2"]] chips.
Tails does not work on 32-bit computers since [[Tails 3.0|news/Tails_3.0_will_require_a_64-bit_processor]] (June 2017).
Tails does not work on most tablets and phones.
- 2 GB of RAM to work smoothly.
Tails can work with less than 2 GB RAM but might behave strangely or crash.