This section includes general information about the process of installing Void. For specific guides, see the "Advanced Installation" section.
Void can be installed on very minimalist hardware, though we recommend the following minimums for most installations:
|Pentium 4 (SSE2)
Note that xfce image installations require more resources.
Void is not available for the i386, i486, or i586 architectures.
Before installing musl Void, please read the "musl" section of this Handbook, so that you are aware of software incompatibilities.
It is highly recommended to have a network connection available during install to download updates, but this is not required. ISO images contain installation data on-disk and can be installed without network connectivity.
The most recent live images and rootfs tarballs can be downloaded from https://repo-default.voidlinux.org/live/current/. They can also be downloaded from other mirrors. Previous releases can be found under https://repo-default.voidlinux.org/live/, organized by date.
Each image release's directory contains two files used to verify the image(s)
you download. First, there is a
sha256sum.txt file containing image checksums
to verify the integrity of the downloaded images. Second is the
file, used to verify the authenticity of the checksums.
It is necessary to verify both the image's integrity and authenticity. It is, therefore, recommended that you download both files.
You can verify the integrity of a downloaded file using
sha256sum(1) with the
file downloaded above. The following command will check the integrity of only
the image(s) you have downloaded:
$ sha256sum -c --ignore-missing sha256sum.txt
This verifies that the image is not corrupt.
Prior to using any image you're strongly encouraged to validate the signatures on the image to ensure they haven't been tampered with.
Current images are signed using a minisign key that is specific to the release.
If you're on Void already, you can obtain the keys from the
package, which will be downloaded using your existing XBPS trust relationship
with your mirror and package signatures. You will also need a copy of
minisign(1); on Void, this is provided
minisign executable is usually provided by a package of the same name, and
can also be installed on Windows, even without WSL or MinGW.
If you are not currently using Void Linux, it will also be necessary to obtain the appropriate signing key from our Git repository here.
Once you've obtained the key, you can verify your image with the
sha256sum.txt files. First, you need to verify the authenticity of the
The following example demonstrates the verification of the
for the 20230628 images with
$ minisign -V -p /usr/share/void-release-keys/void-release-20230628.pub -x sha256sum.sig -m sha256sum.txt
Signature and comment signature verified
Trusted comment: This key is only valid for images with date 20230628.
Finally, you need to verify that the checksum for your image matches the one in
sha256sum.txt file. This can be done with the
sha256(1) utility from the
as demonstrated below for the 20230628
x86_64 base image:
$ sha256 -C sha256sum.txt void-live-x86_64-20230628-base.iso
(SHA256) void-live-x86_64-20230628-base.iso: OK
Alternatively, if the
sha256 utility isn't available to you, you can use
$ sha256sum -c sha256sum.txt --ignore-missing
If neither program is available to you, you can compute the SHA256 hash of the
file and compare it to the value contained in
If the verification process does not produce the expected "OK" status, do not use it! Please alert the Void Linux team of where you got the image and how you verified it, and we will follow up on it.