The latest stable release series is 16.09 and the latest release in that series is 16.09.1186.046229b. Below are links to CD/DVD images and VirtualBox appliances containing the latest release in this series. Next Step: Manual

Installation CDs/DVDs

You can install NixOS on physical hardware by burning one of the CD images onto a blank CD/DVD disk, or by copying it onto a USB stick. For installation instructions, please see the manual.

Please note that NixOS at the moment lacks a nice, user-friendly graphical installer. Therefore this form of installation may not be suitable for novice Linux users.

The graphical installation CD contains the NixOS installer as well as X11, KDE 4 and several applications. It’s a live CD, so it allows you to get an impression of NixOS (and the Nix package manager) before installing it.

The minimal installation CD does not contain X11, and is therefore a lot smaller. You have to run the installer from the console. It contains a number of rescue tools.

VirtualBox appliances

This is a demo appliance for VirtualBox (in OVA format) that has X11 and KDE enabled, as well as the VirtualBox guest additions. To use it, download the OVA file, open VirtualBox, run “File → Import Appliance” from the menu, select the OVA file, and click “Import”. You can then start the virtual machine. When the KDE login screen appears, you can log in as user demo, password demo. To obtain a root shell, run sudo -i in the KDE terminal (konsole).

Amazon EC2 AMIs

If you are an EC2 user, you can fire up a NixOS instance instantly by using one of the AMIs listed below.

RegionRoot storageVirtualisationAMI
ap-northeast-1 EBS Hardware ami-35578954 Launch
ap-northeast-1 Instance Hardware ami-d6528cb7 Launch
ap-northeast-1 EBS Para ami-07548a66 Launch
ap-northeast-1 Instance Para ami-f1548a90 Launch
ap-northeast-2 EBS Hardware ami-d48753ba Launch
ap-northeast-2 Instance Hardware ami-4c865222 Launch
ap-northeast-2 EBS Para ami-ca8551a4 Launch
ap-northeast-2 Instance Para ami-9c8551f2 Launch
ap-south-1 EBS Hardware ami-922450fd Launch
ap-south-1 Instance Hardware ami-6d3a4e02 Launch
ap-south-1 EBS Para ami-4d394d22 Launch
ap-south-1 Instance Para ami-17384c78 Launch
ap-southeast-1 EBS Hardware ami-f824809b Launch
ap-southeast-1 Instance Hardware ami-f924809a Launch
ap-southeast-1 EBS Para ami-af2480cc Launch
ap-southeast-1 Instance Para ami-5826823b Launch
ap-southeast-2 EBS Hardware ami-40fecd23 Launch
ap-southeast-2 Instance Hardware ami-48fecd2b Launch
ap-southeast-2 EBS Para ami-dffecdbc Launch
ap-southeast-2 Instance Para ami-e0fccf83 Launch
eu-central-1 EBS Hardware ami-1d8b7472 Launch
eu-central-1 Instance Hardware ami-1c8b7473 Launch
eu-central-1 EBS Para ami-8c8d72e3 Launch
eu-central-1 Instance Para ami-3488775b Launch
eu-west-1 EBS Hardware ami-15662766 Launch
eu-west-1 Instance Hardware ami-476b2a34 Launch
eu-west-1 EBS Para ami-876928f4 Launch
eu-west-1 Instance Para ami-70682903 Launch
sa-east-1 EBS Hardware ami-27bc2e4b Launch
sa-east-1 Instance Hardware ami-e4b92b88 Launch
sa-east-1 EBS Para ami-4dbe2c21 Launch
sa-east-1 Instance Para ami-77fc6e1b Launch
us-east-1 EBS Hardware ami-93347684 Launch
us-east-1 Instance Hardware ami-5e347649 Launch
us-east-1 EBS Para ami-b0387aa7 Launch
us-east-1 Instance Para ami-51357746 Launch
us-west-1 EBS Hardware ami-06337a66 Launch
us-west-1 Instance Hardware ami-76307916 Launch
us-west-1 EBS Para ami-fd327b9d Launch
us-west-1 Instance Para ami-cc347dac Launch
us-west-2 EBS Hardware ami-49fe2729 Launch
us-west-2 Instance Hardware ami-93fc25f3 Launch
us-west-2 EBS Para ami-14fe2774 Launch
us-west-2 Instance Para ami-74f12814 Launch

You can create an instance using the AWS Management Console by clicking one of the Launch buttons. You can also create an instance from the command line. For example, to create an instance in region eu-west-1 using the EC2 API tools, just run:

$ ec2-run-instances ami-876928f4 --region eu-west-1 -k my-key-pair

Microsoft Azure BLOBs

If you are an Azure user, you can manually create a NixOS instance by using one of the bootstrap BLOBs listed below.

You can create an instance from the command line. For example, to create an instance of version 16.09 of NixOS using azure-cli, just run:

# settings
# vm name must be lowercase and letters/numbers only because it's also used as the domain name
$ export VM=nixvm005
$ export GROUP=test-group
$ export LOCATION=westus
$ export STORAGE=testst004
$ export SOURCE_URI=

# create group
$ azure config mode arm
$ azure group create $GROUP --location $LOCATION

# create storage
$ azure storage account create $STORAGE -g $GROUP -l $LOCATION --type LRS
$ azure storage account keys list $STORAGE -g $GROUP

# export one of the storage access keys
$ export KEY=
$ echo $KEY

$ azure storage container create -a $STORAGE -k $KEY vm-images

# copy the image blob
$ azure storage blob copy start --source-uri $SOURCE_URI --dest-account-name $STORAGE --dest-account-key $KEY \
    --dest-container vm-images --dest-blob nixos-unstable-nixops.vhd

# wait for blob copy status to change pending->success
$ azure storage blob copy show --container vm-images  --blob nixos-unstable-nixops.vhd -a $STORAGE -k $KEY

# create vm
$ azure vm create $GROUP $VM $LOCATION Linux --storage-account-name $STORAGE \
    -d https://"$STORAGE" \
    --image-urn https://"$STORAGE" \
    --nic-name $VM --vnet-name $VM --vnet-address-prefix --vnet-subnet-name $VM \
    --vnet-subnet-address-prefix --public-ip-name $VM --public-ip-domain-name $VM \
    --admin-username azureuser

# show machine properties and log in
$ azure vm show $GROUP $VM
$ ssh azureuser@"$VM"."$LOCATION"

Unstable releases

If you are a developer who wants to contribute to NixOS, or if you just want the latest and greatest, you can also install the most recent unstable release.