Tails 5.7 is out (2022-11-22)

Tails 5.7 is out

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
  • 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.[1]

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.

Posted 2022-11-22

Tags: announce


[1] debian/changelog · master · tails / tails · GitLab


tails (5.7) unstable; urgency=medium

  • fix FTBFS: don’t remove, just hold (tails/tails!960)

    Closes issues:

    • Tails FTBFS: grub-pc is not configured (tails/tails#19290)


    • don’t remove, just hold
  • Resolve “Upgrade to Tor Browser 11.5.8” (tails/tails!962)

    Closes issues:

    • Upgrade to Tor Browser 11.5.8 (tails/tails#19295)


    • Fetch Tor Browser from our own archive
    • Upgrade Tor Browser to 11.5.8-build1
  • Add Metadata Cleaner (#18101) (tails/tails!959)

    Closes issues:

    • Mention MAT and metadata on /about (tails/tails#19206)
    • Add Metadata Cleaner (tails/tails#18101)


    • Mention Metadata Cleaner from /about (#19206)
    • Document Metadata Cleaner (#18101)
    • Add Metadata Cleaner (#18101)
  • WhisperBack debugging info: have df ignore filesystems of type fuse.portal

    Closes issues:

    • Can’t start WhisperBack when /root/.cache/doc is mounted (tails/tails#19282)


    • WhisperBack debugging info: have df ignore filesystems of type fuse.portal
  • Update htpdate pool: secure.flickr.comflickr.com (tails/tails!954)


  • Update tor to (tails/tails!953)

    Closes issues:

    • Upgrade to tor (tails/tails#19276)


    • Update tor to
  • Remove broken pdf-redact-tools (tails/tails!950)

    Closes issues:

    • pdf-redact-tools broken (tails/tails#19250)


    • Remove broken pdf-redact-tools
  • Resolve “Explain better the Unsafe Browser from Tor Connection”


    • Test suite: update wrt. new UI strings
    • Insist on signing in, then closing (#19168)
    • Be more clear (#19168)
  • Remove (easier) and (safer) label from consent question (#19166)

    Closes issues:

    • Remove (easier) and (safer) label from consent question (tails/tails#19166)


    • Test suite: update wrt. new UI strings
    • Remove (easier) and (safer) label from consent question (#19166)
  • fix snakeoil certificates in Thunderbird test suite (tails/tails!943)

    Closes issues:

    • Fix and re-enable “I can send emails, and receive emails over IMAP” automated
      test: Certificate handling on Jenkins needs updating for Thunderbird 102


    • add snakeoil to thunderbird using certutil
    • reneable test by default
    • Revert “Really disable broken Thunderbird test”
  • extend validity time check for OpenPGP keys (tails/tails!939)

    Closes issues:

    • Extend period for “The included OpenPGP keys are up-to-date”


    • extend validity time check for OpenPGP keys
  • Fetch Tor Browser from our own archive (tails/tails!938)


    • Fetch Tor Browser from our own archive

– Tails developers tails@boum.org Mon, 21 Nov 2022 11:13:06 +0100