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Elive 3.0.6 Stable

The result is simply amazing, and the experience is unprecedented.

"When you come to Elive it's an unique experience that you will never get anywhere else" - Deon Thomas

Important: do NOT use this version

This version includes very old software and drivers. The repositories are no longer working. We keep it as a 'showcase' for the original Elive experience, so download it only to play with it. If you want to seriously use Elive, you must go for the latest Beta version instead, which is highly featured and extremely stable. On the other hand, we recommend trying this version if you want to see a polished Elive experience as we envisioned it 15 years ago.

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Donate if you can – Please, Don’t leave me this way

This method incentives donation which is crucial for Elive to exist, is a much better option than including ads or trials, and 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, including UEFI and 64BIT, but they don't offer a so beautiful and polished experience (yet).

If you need a newer version / kernel / drivers, use the Beta version:

I personally want to give a BIG thank you to all those who donated to Elive previously. Elive would never have become a reality without their support.

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Elive Founder