Debian on CDs
If you want to obtain Debian on CD or USB stick, see below for the available options. In case of problems, please check the FAQ about Debian CDs.
If you simply want to install Debian and have an Internet connection on the target computer please consider the Network Install media which is a smaller download.
On i386 and amd64 architectures, all CD/DVD images can be used on a USB stick too.
- Buy finished Debian CD-ROMs. They are cheap - we do not make any profit with them! If your Internet connection is charged by the minute, this is your only choice. You might also consider buying the CDs if you only have a modem, as downloading the images via modem takes days.
- Download CD/DVD images with jigdo. The "jigdo" scheme allows you to pick the fastest out of 300 Debian mirrors worldwide for your download. It features easy mirror selection and "upgrading" of older images to the latest release. Also, it is the only way to download Debian DVD images for all architectures.
- Download CD/DVD images with BitTorrent. The Bittorrent peer to peer system lets many users cooperatively download images at the same time, with minimal load on our servers. DVD images are only available for some architectures.
- Download CD/DVD images using HTTP or FTP. Due to space and bandwidth constraints, only very few mirrors are able to supply direct HTTP/FTP download links. These sites may use bandwidth throttling, downloads can be quite slow. Please use jigdo or bittorrent instead. DVD images are only available for some architectures and not on all mirrors.
- Download live images using HTTP, FTP or BitTorrent. Also offered as a new alternative to the standard images are live images which you can use to try Debian first and then install the contents of the image.
Official CD releases are signed so that you can verify they are authentic.
Debian is available for different computer architectures - make sure you are getting images that match your computer! (Most people will need images for "i386", i.e. Intel systems.) Once you have created your own CDs, you might be interested in the artwork for covers of Debian CDs.
(Snapshots of the "testing" distribution are created weekly.)
Information about known installation issues can be found on the
For older releases, some issues specific to installation from CD images were published on a separate CD release page.