The first step to installing Solus is acquiring the correct media. The Solus Project provides ISO images, which contain the contents of Solus for installing.
You can download a Solus ISO by going to our Download page.
There is a multitude of tools which enable the writing of our ISO image to DVDs or USB thumb drives. Below, we break it apart across Linux, Windows and macOS.
We recommend using Brasero for writing the ISO to a DVD.
We recommend using Gnome Multi-Writer. Please note that unetbootin will not work.
For those comfortable with the command-line / terminal, we will walk you through using
You can easily burn an ISO image to a DVD, on Windows 7 and newer, by using Window’s built-in file manager (Explorer), right-clicking on the ISO image file, and clicking Burn disk image.
You can easily burn an ISO image to a USB by using graphical tool Rufus.
On a Mac, burn an ISO image to a DVD by using the macOS “Finder” file manager, right-clicking on the ISO image file, and clicking “Burn Disk Image”.
One of the easiest ways to burn an ISO image to a USB thumb drive is by using a graphical tool called Etcher.
For those comfortable with the macOS Terminal app, we will walk you through using
To write the ISO, you will need:
Upon opening Gnome MultiWriter, you will likely be shown a window similar to the one below, in the event your USB drive is already plugged in.
If your USB drive is not plugged, you will be prompted with an image indicating to plug it in.
Next, click the “Start Copying” button, and you will be prompted to select the ISO. Choose the ISO you downloaded in the “Getting the ISO” section. The USB will automatically be written to.
Upon completion, you will be prompted with the following dialog and your USB is now ready for use.
Please follow the steps below, which guide you through installation using the utility
First, insert the USB drive into your computer and open your Terminal. Proceed to type
lsblk into your Terminal. It should output something along the lines of:
NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 111.8G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 350M 0 part ├─sda2 8:2 0 39.7G 0 part └─sda3 8:3 0 71.8G 0 part / sdb 8:64 1 7.5G 0 disk ├─sdb1 8:65 1 712M 0 part └─sdb2 8:66 1 17.2M 0 part
You will see one disk, in my case
/dev/sdb, that is roughly the size of my USB Drive. Yours should be similar (difference being in size). Write this device down somewhere.
Next, locate the downloaded ISO. It will most likely be in your Downloads folder. In the event that it is, type:
If it is not in your Downloads folder, use
cd to navigate to the correct step.
This is where we overwrite the contents of your USB drive so please ensure you identified the current drive in the
lsblk stage above. My command is below, however you may need to replace
sdb with the drive we located above:
sudo dd if=Solus-3-Budgie.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M;sudo sync;sudo eject /dev/sdb
This will write the contents of the ISO to the thumb drive so you can boot it and also make sure the data is synchronised so you can eject the USB safely.
Since OS X El Capitan (10.11), the easiest way to burn a DVD is:
You may see a message stating “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer.” once Etcher finishes, this can be ignored.
First, insert the USB drive into your computer and open Terminal (found in Applications/Utilities).
Now you’ll need to identify your USB drive by listing your storage devices with the following command:
You should see output similar to this:
/dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk0 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 999.3 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3 /dev/disk1 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *15.6 GB disk1 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk1s1 2: Apple_HFS Ultra 15.3 GB disk1s2
From this output, we can see the USB drive is listed as -
/dev/disk1 (external, physical). In this example, the IDENTIFIER is
disk1. Please note, your USB drive may have a different identifier. You should be able to tell which is your USB drive by checking the name and size.
macOS usually auto-mounts USB drives so you’ll need to unmount it first before proceeding. Use the following command and replace
IDENTIFIER with the correct identifier we found in the
diskutil list step.
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/IDENTIFIER
Now navigate to the folder that has the downloaded ISO. This could be your Mac’s Downloads folder. The following command will get you there:
This step is dangerous. Using the wrong drive identifier could result in data loss.
We will use the
dd command to write the contents of the ISO to the thumb drive. Replace
IDENTIFIER in the command below with your drive identifier. Note the extra
r before the identifier (i.e
rdisk1). This is for raw mode, which along with bs=1m, makes the transfer faster.
sudo dd if=Solus-3-Budgie.iso of=/dev/rIDENTIFIER bs=1m
Be patient! After a few minutes you’ll receive a message saying how much data was transferred. You can now safely eject the usb drive.
diskutil eject /dev/IDENTIFIER
Now it is time to restart your computer to boot the DVD or USB. Most computers will automatically boot from DVDs and USB, however if you experience issues booting the media, you may need to select to boot from DVD or USB.
This is usually accessible by pressing
F12 while your computer is booting. On some devices it may also be
Macs will boot to the “Startup Manager” by holding down the Option (Alt) key. The DVD or USB drive will most likely show up as “EFI Boot”.