Devuan GNU+Linux is a free software operating system for your computer. Free software means you are free to use, copy and distribute, study, change the software, and share your modifications with the community.

Devuan installation instructions

Devuan is a base GNU/Linux distribution that can be reliably installed on actual hardware (bare metal) or on virtual machines (virtualbox, qemu and such cloud computing forms).

Bare metal

To install Devuan on a PC, download the ISO file and toast it on a CD/DVD support or on a USB key.

This can be done using a generic CD mastering program, “Disk Utility” on OSX or even dd from a GNU/Linux machine.

Personal computers

The ISO files netinst, CD and DVD are hybrid images and can be either burned on a CD/DVD or used as a USB key image. Once toasted on a support they will run the usual operating system installer.

The live image is can be put on a USB or SD card using dd and then booted directly from it. The live image is what we really consider to be the Devuan desktop, so please if you do a review of Devuan used as a desktop distribution refer to our live release.

The minimal-live image is a fully featured live version of Devuan working only for console, coming with a set of packages that are handy and fun to have if you love terminals and don’t use X. It is also equipped to work well for blind people.

Embedded devices

We provide ready-to-use images for the most popular embedded computing platforms, in particular we are starting with RaspberryPi2, BananaPi and Cubieboard2.

These images can be downloaded via torrent or from the download zone, then put on a SD card using the dd method and booted directly on the device.

The embedded images are made using our arm-sdk on top of the devuan-sdk.

Virtual machines

We distribute virtual machine base images, ready to use on various virtualization platforms. They are all available in the downloads section.

The VM images are made using our vm-sdk on top of the devuan-sdk.


Qemu images are built ready for deployment, customization or conversion to other formats. They are available from the stable release directory in

The scripts used to bake the image are all included in the devuan-SDK.

The .qcow2 image we distribute is ready to boot with kvm.

Download the Qemu image, then boot it with, for example: qemu-system-x86_64 --enable-kvm -hda devuan_jessie_1.0.0_amd64.qcow2

Images are also available for the i386 architecture. The Qemu format is a gateway to the conversion to more formats, for more information refer to the documentation of the qemu-img convert command.


To quickly deploy a new Vagrant image based on Devuan, just copy the following file in your HOME directory and run vagrant up.

mkdir devuan-vagrant && cd $_ && cat << EOF > Vagrantfile
Vagrant.configure(2) do |config| = ""
  config.ssh.username = "root"
  config.ssh.password = "toor"
  config.vm.guest = :debian
  config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", disabled: true
vagrant up
vagrant ssh

Services offering Devuan

Data Center Light: Gives back to the Devuan community by organising Devuan hackatons and has had special offers on Devuan VMs:

OpenNebula: Offers Devuan ASCII guest images off their marketplace and and also for free:

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