Live install images
live install image contains a Debian system that can boot without
modifying any files on the hard drive and also allows installation of Debian
from the contents of the image.
Is a live image suitable for me? Here are some things to consider that will help you decide.
- Flavors: The live images come in several "flavors" providing a choice of desktop environments (GNOME, KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Cinnamon and MATE). Many users will find these initial package selections suitable, installing any additional packages they need from the network afterwards.
- Architecture: Only images for the two most popular architectures, 32-bit PC (i386) and 64-bit PC (amd64), are currently provided.
- Installer: Starting from Debian 10 Buster, the live images contain the end-user-friendly Calamares Installer, a distribution-independent installer framework, as alternative to our well known Debian-Installer.
- Size: Each image is much smaller than the full set of DVD images, but larger than the network install media.
- Languages: The images do not contain a complete set of language support packages. If you need input methods, fonts and supplemental language packages for your language, you'll need to install these afterwards.
The following live install images are available for download:
live installimages for the
stablerelease — see below
Official live install images for the
Offered in different flavours, each differing in size as discussed above, these images are suitable for trying a Debian system comprised of a selected default set of packages and then install it from the same media.
DVD/USB (via BitTorrent)
Hybrid ISO image files suitable for writing to DVD-R(W)
media, and also USB keys of the appropriate size. If you can use
BitTorrent, please do, as it reduces the load on our servers.
For information about what these files are and how to use them, please see the FAQ.
If you intend to install Debian from the downloaded live image, be sure to have a look at the detailed information about the installation process.
See the Debian Live Project page for more information about the Debian Live systems provided by these images.
Unofficial live CD/DVD images with non-free firmware included
If any of the hardware in your system requires non-free firmware to be loaded with the device driver, you can use one of the tarballs of common firmware packages or download an unofficial image including these non-free firmwares. Instructions how to use the tarballs and general information about loading firmware during an installation can be found in the Installation Guide.