The first step to installing Solus is acquiring the correct media. The Solus Project provides ISO images, which contain the contents of the Solus for installing.
You can download a Solus ISO by going to our Download page.
There is a multitude of tools enable the writing of our ISO image to DVDs or USB thumb drives. Below, we break it apart across Linux and Windows.
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.
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 will 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 your USB drive in 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 lsblk stage above. My command is below, however you may need to replace sdb with the drive we located above:
sudo dd if=Solus-2017.04.18.0.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.
Now it is time to restart your computer to boot the DVD or ISO. 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 ISO.
This is usually accessible by pressing
F12 while your computer is booting. On some devices it may also be