The latest stable release series is 18.03 and the latest release in that series is 18.03.133086.c1ef96ebdbd. Below are links to CD/DVD images and VirtualBox appliances containing the latest release in this series. Next Step: Manual

Installation CDs/DVDs/USB Sticks

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, Plasma 5 Desktop 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 Plasma 5 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-456511a8 Launch
ap-northeast-2 EBS Hardware ami-3366d15d Launch
ap-south-1 EBS Hardware ami-6a390b05 Launch
ap-southeast-1 EBS Hardware ami-aa0b4d40 Launch
ap-southeast-2 EBS Hardware ami-d0f254b2 Launch
ca-central-1 EBS Hardware ami-aca72ac8 Launch
eu-central-1 EBS Hardware ami-09faf9e2 Launch
eu-west-1 EBS Hardware ami-065c46ec Launch
eu-west-2 EBS Hardware ami-64f31903 Launch
eu-west-3 EBS Hardware ami-5a8d3d27 Launch
sa-east-1 EBS Hardware ami-163e1f7a Launch
us-east-1 EBS Hardware ami-8b3538f4 Launch
us-east-2 EBS Hardware ami-150b3170 Launch
us-west-1 EBS Hardware ami-ce06ebad Launch
us-west-2 EBS Hardware ami-586c3520 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  --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 18.03 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".blob.core.windows.net/vm-images/root.vhd \
    --image-urn https://"$STORAGE".blob.core.windows.net/vm-images/nixos-unstable-nixops.vhd \
    --nic-name $VM --vnet-name $VM --vnet-address-prefix 10.0.0.1/16 --vnet-subnet-name $VM \
    --vnet-subnet-address-prefix 10.0.1.1/24 --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".cloudapp.azure.com

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.