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Elive Stable

After 8 years of work, the final version is ready with an amazing result.

Entirely cost-free: yes

Donations received: around 1 per day

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Elive exists only from a few donations

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Using this method incentives the donation, which is crucial for Elive to exist,
while can still provide the OS cost-free for everyone.

“Elive is not made for newbies. Elive is not made for experienced people. Elive is not made for enterprise or personal use. Elive is art. It is simply for those who appreciate it and want to use it. Feel free to try Elive because only you decide what you want in this world!”

Elive philosophy since 2005


  1. Create your Elive bootable USB stick
  2. Disable UEFI and options in BIOS
  3. Boot from Elive (bios menu)


Important: Use only the tools suggested to record your USB or you won’t be able to boot it correctly due to modifications that other tools does.


See More FAQs, or the new Forums & howto’s

Technical details

  • Min. Requirements: 192 Mb RAM, 500 Mhz CPU

  • 32-bit, non-UEFI, sysinit, PAE (bigmem) kernel + 486 kernel

  • Without SystemD (preferred) / Without Pulseaudio (audio integrated, not needed, resources saving)

  • Install & Live, with advanced persistence features and encryption

  • Note: The download feels big because is a full suite, including cached packages, optional software, demo contents, and a few dependencies without require internet. The installation allows to select applications and fine-tune features giving the possibility to have an even much lighter result.

  • Debian Wheezy based

  • Kernel 3.16

Next Development

The new Beta versions are ready and very stable, but they don't offer a so beautiful and polished, ready to use system like the Stable versions (yet).
If you need a newer version / kernel / drivers, use the Beta version:

I personally want to say a BIG thank you to every person who donated to this project, Elive 3.0 wont have never been a reality without them

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Elive Founder