Downloading Porteus manually

How do i download Porteus?

ponce-server 809bdPorteus comes in two flavours, 32-bit and 64-bit. If your system is 64-bit then you can download either version. If your system is 32-bit then you can only use the 32-bit version.

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To download the ISO of your choice you can click on the links above, or click on the Download button on the top of the page at  This will take you to a page that walks you through selecting and downloading your ISO. Users with 64-bit hardware can use either version, but users with 32-bit hardware can only use the 32-bit (i486) version. You can test to see if your system is 32 or 64 by following the instructions below.


How do i check if my system is 64-bit? 


Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.

Click View and print details. In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running under System type. Under 64-bit capable, you can see whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows. (If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.)



Open a terminal and issue: cat /proc/cpuinfo

Look in the line of text for the 'lm' switch. If it exists then your processor is capable of running a 64-bit operating system.

What is the md5sum check?

When a file is placed on the server it is given a byte count and an md5sum.txt file is generated. When you download a file from the server to your computer you can check the files md5sum from your computer. If the checksums match then your download was good. Of the checksum DOES NOT match then there was a problem downloading the file and some corruption may have occured. You should re download the file. md5sums for all files can be found in the md5sums.txt file.


How do i do an md5sum check for a file?

If you are already running Porteus then you can open a console and issue:

md5sum /path/to/file/to/check

If you are running windows then you can download a third party application such as Exact Disk.

Users with a relatively new Nvidia graphics card may want to download the nvidia module along with the ISO.

User with a relatively new ATI video card may want to download the amd-catalyst module along with the ISO.

After downloading your files and verifying that the checksums are correct, you can start installing Porteus.