Joining the Testing Team

What’s the testing team?

It’s a group of users who help make Qubes better.
They commit to testing updates and releases of Qubes OS, and are willing
to provide test results, confirm issues, and identify particular edge cases.
This is key to detecting issues early on, and stop them affecting more users.

Who should join?

Community members with demonstrated track-record of good quality contributions.

What’s the risk?

For those willing to enable the testing repositories for the current release
the risk is minimal, because the packages will end up in current anyway.

If security and stability are crucial to you, you should use the current stable release,
not enable the testing repositories, and not join the testing team.

How do I join the testing team?

  1. Request to join the testing team
  • Via forum (preferred): request to join here (requires JavaScript and a forum account)
  • Via email: send an email to register-testing-team at saying you’d like to join (does not require JavaScript or a forum account)
  1. Follow the instructions for the kind of testing you want to help with (testing updates / releases)
Testing Type Instructions Description
Testing Updates see here Enabling the testing repositories (e.g. 4.0 testing)
Testing Releases part 1 & part 2 Running the upcoming Qubes version (e.g. 4.1) and enabling the testing repositories.
  1. Report issues in the appropriate category:
  • If testing updates, post in the ‘4.0 Testing’ category, or email testing-updates at .
  • if testing releases, post in the ‘4.1 Testing’ category, or email testing-releases at .

You can leave the group at any time by following steps similar to the ones in 1.

Packages move through the testing process quite quickly. Ideally you
would be able to update at least once a week.

When 4.1 moves toward release, we will see if we can test some of the
open issues in 4.0, and confirm they have been closed.

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Sorry if this isn’t the right place to post this but I just requested to join the testing team and was wondering whether I could join both the testing releases and the testing updates? I am running version 4.1 (beta). It seems like the forum post about the testing team suggests this isn’t possible and you can only help test updates if you’re on 4.0

Moved this to the right place. Yes, when you join you get access to both.