Debian on CD

Network install from a minimal CD

A network install or netinst CD is a single CD which enables you to install the entire operating system. This single CD contains just the minimal amount of software to start the installation and fetch the remaining packages over the Internet.

What's better for me — the minimal bootable CD-ROM or the full CDs? It depends, but we think that in many cases the minimal CD image is better — above all, you only download the packages that you selected for installation on your machine, which saves both time and bandwidth. On the other hand, the full CDs are more suitable when installing on more than one machine, or on machines without a free Internet connection.

What types of network connections are supported during installation? The network install assumes that you have a connection to the Internet. Various different ways are supported for this, like analogue PPP dial-up, Ethernet, WLAN (with some restrictions), but ISDN is not — sorry!

The following minimal bootable CD images are available for download:

Official netinst images for the stable release

Up to 300 MB in size, this image contains the installer and a small set of packages which allows the installation of a (very) basic system.

netinst CD image (generally 150-300 MB, varies by architecture)

For information what these files are and how to use them, please see the FAQ.

Once you have downloaded the images, be sure to have a look at the detailed information about the installation process.

Unofficial netinst 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.

unofficial installation images for stable with firmware included