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Live Images

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Void Linux provides live images containing a base set of utilities as well as an installer to install a Void system on your computer. All live images and rootfs tarballs are available here.

Void provides glibc-based live images for both i686 and x86_64, as well as musl-based live images for x86_64-compatible processors.

Writing a live image to an USB drive

Please note that Void Linux ISOs are USB bootable by default, so you just need to write the image to the usb/cd/dvd drive with dd, no special tools are required.

First, identify your usb's current partition. At a plain shell prompt:

sudo fdisk -l

From the output, you might determine that it is /dev/sdc or otherwise, but for safety's sake, the partition here will appear as /dev/sdx.

Then, ensure that that partition is unmounted, changing sdx accordingly:

sudo umount /dev/sdx

Change to the directory where your .iso was downloaded to. For example:

cd /home/yourusername/Downloads

Change the following line to display the correct image name and correct partition. Note sdx; sdb2, sdc1, etc. would be incorrect:

sudo dd bs=4M if=void-live-x86_64-20170220-lxde.iso  of=/dev/sdx  && sync


If you must use Windows to write the image and are looking for a GUI based app, USBWriter is proven to work on pendrives (USB sticks) and even SD cards.


Live images include two accounts:

Username Password
root voidlinux
anon voidlinux

The anon account is a member of the wheel group, which allows you to run sudo to escalate privileges in order to run administrative commands.

System requirements

These are the minimum system requirements when using a live image without a bundled Desktop Environment:

Architecture CPU RAM Storage Network
x86_64-glibc EM64T 96MB 350MB Ethernet/Wifi*
x86_64-musl EM64T 96MB 350MB Ethernet/Wifi*
i686-glibc Pentium 4 (SSE2) 96MB 350MB Ethernet/Wifi*

*Networking is required to download additional packages while using the live image as well as to perform a network-based install

To start the installer, run void-installer as root or sudo void-installer as anon.


Additional live images with flavours (an additional desktop environment with autologin) are also available. Here's a quick overview of the main components and applications included with each flavour:

Enlightenment Cinnamon LXDE LXQT MATE XFCE
Window Manager ? Mutter (Muffin) Openbox Openbox Metacity (Marco) xfwm4
File Manager ? Nemo PCManFM PCManFM-Qt Caja Thunar
Web browser Firefox ESR Firefox ESR Firefox ESR QupZilla Firefox ESR Firefox ESR
Terminal Terminology gnome-terminal LXTerminal QTerminal MATE terminal xfce4-Terminal
Document viewer - - - - Atril (PS/PDF) -
Plain text viewer - - - - Pluma Mousepad
Image viewer - - GPicView LXImage Eye of MATE Ristretto
Archive unpacker - - - - Engrampa -
Other Mixer, EConnMan (connection manager) LXTask (task manager), MIME type editor Screen grabber Screen grabber, file finder, MATE color picker, MATE font viewer, Disk usage analyzer, Power statistics, System monitor (task manager), Dictionary, Log file viewer Bulk rename, Orage Globaltime, Orage Calendar, Task Manager, Parole Media Player, Audio Mixer, MIME type editor, Application finder

Please note that the system requirements for these graphical live images are higher and will vary depending on which desktop environment you choose. Also, currently some images can be problematic: