Installing Debian via the Internet

This method of installing Debian requires a functioning Internet connection during installation. Compared to other methods you end up downloading less data as the process will be tailored to your requirements. Ethernet and wireless connections are supported. Internal ISDN cards are unfortunately not supported.

There are three options for installs over the network:

Small CDs

The following are image files which are up to 280 MB in size. Choose your processor architecture below.

For details, please see: Network install from a minimal CD

Tiny CDs, USB sticks, etc.

You can download a couple of image files of small size, suitable for USB Sticks and similar devices, write them to the media, and then start the installation by booting from that.

There is some diversity in the support for installing from various very small images between the architectures.

For details, please refer to the installation manual for your architecture, especially the chapter Obtaining System Installation Media.

Here are the links to the available image files (look at the MANIFEST file for information):

Network boot

You set up a TFTP and a DHCP (or BOOTP, or RARP) server which will serve the installation media to machines on your local network. If your client machine's BIOS supports it, you can then boot the Debian installation system from the network (using PXE and TFTP), and proceed with installing the rest of Debian from the network.

Not all machines support booting from the network. Because of the additional work required, this method for installing Debian is not recommended for novice users.

For details, please refer to the installation manual for your architecture, especially the chapter Preparing Files for TFTP Net Booting.

Here are the links to the image files (look at the MANIFEST file for information):