Mageia is provided as ISO image files that have to be written to blank CD or DVD discs.
All ISOs can also be launched from a USB drive. Unetbootin is not supported.
If you have UEFI, a procedure is available in the wiki.
Dump Mageia ISO on a USB flash drive
"Dumping" an image onto a flash device destroys any prior file-system in the partition; access to any data not destroyed will be lost, and partition capacity will be reduced to the image size. In other words, all prior data on the device is at risk.
Unetbootin should not be used to copy the iso image to a USB drive (see below).
To dump a Mageia installation ISO on a USB stick, you may try one of several tools:
- For Linux, IsoDumper, available inside repo. Or any tools based on dd.
- For windows use usbdumper.If it show "writing error or access denied" try the fallowing method: run the console (cmd), then type "diskpart", then "list disk", then select your disk with "select disk", and type "clean" (it will erase the key).
Classical Installation Flavours
The Classical ISO is the traditional way to install Mageia directly. Take a look at the complete documentation for this installer.
Up to 167 locales are supported: Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Português, Svenska, Nederlands, Polski, Dansk, Pусский and so much more! See the comprehensive list.
These ISOs contains Free Software and some proprietary drivers.You will be asked of which kind of Software you want to install.The installer includes the capability of adding the online Mageia repositories during the installation, which means you can install even more packages than those available on the ISO.
For 32 and 64bit, size of the ISOs is about 3.5GB. For the dualarch it's about 1.2GB.
LiveCDs and LiveDVDs
Live ISO's let you try Mageia 5 without installation. You can run Mageia directly from a CD, DVD or USB device, and try it using one of the graphical user interfaces such as GNOME or KDE.
If you are happy with the Mageia experience, you can then install it onto your hard drive from the Live media.
Use LiveCDs and LiveDVDs for fresh new installs ONLY. DO NOT use these LiveCDs or LiveDVDs to upgrade from the prior Mageia release! Use a classical installation and see upgrade guide.
For LiveDVDs, size of the ISOs is about 1.6GB. For the LiveCDs it's about 700MB.
Wired Network-based Installation CD
Download quickly and immediately boot into install mode from wired network or a local disk.
Have a look in the wiki to get a list of possibilities.
Size of the ISOs is about 50MB.
LiveCDs and LiveDVDs
LiveDVDs contain all languages and is available in both 32 and 64bit.
LiveCDs contain only English and is available only in 32bit.
Do not use unless you really DON'T NEED any other language than English.
Network installer, Free Software CD
Contain only free software
Network installer + nonfree firmware CD
Contain nonfree drivers needed for some disc controllers, some network cards, etc.
Most new computers support x86-64 (also known as AMD64 and Intel64), but some laptop processors and netbook processors do not support it.
This version runs on all PCs including those that support 64 Bit. If you have more than 3 GB of RAM you should prefer the 64 Bit version though.
The dualarch DVD contains only a minimal list of packages and a lite desktop, XFCE, to fit on 1GB.
Dual iso size is intended to be small for advanced users, only network proprietary drivers are included. You will have to add remote nonfree media if you need some more. Furthermore UEFI is not supported.
It can be used to install either a 32bit system or a 64bit system, the installer defaults to x86_64 when it detects a 64bit capable CPU.
This ISO is generally for advanced users and system administrator for fast deployment of Mageia.
- Release notes
- More about known issues or limitation in installation and usage
- Which to choose
- Get ISO on USB flash drive
- Newcomer? Here's a wiki page for you.
- Help us on Mageia 5
from Mageia 4 (4.1) ?
- do not use LiveCDs;
- see the upgrade guide