Step 3: Run the installer

This step is only required if you are booting the installation system from a disk image. Those who flashed an image onto a compact flash drive or similar can skip this step and go directly to Step 4: Initial setup.

After you have inserted the disk or plugged in the pen drive you will install from, you will need to make the system boot from it.


Press enter to run the installation system. If your computer does not support VGA or you prefer an other installation option, you can pick that from the menu. If you are connected to your router via a serial cable to do the install, you will need to select "Serial Console options", then "Install IPFire (serial)".

Language Selection

After the installer system has booted, you will need to select a language that you want to use for the installation.



When the system has finished booting up, please choose your language and confirm the welcome message.


Partitioning and Formatting

In the next step, the system will format your disk in order to install the IPFire system on it. Beware that all your data will be erased from the system. If you have only one hard drive, it will automatically be used for the installation. If you have more than one hard drive plugged in, you can select which one should be used to install IPFire on.


After selecting the right hard drive, you will need to select the filesystem you want to use. If you are not sure, stick with the default.

Filesystem options

IPFire can be installed on various filesystems. They all have their advantages and disadvantages.

Filesystem Remark
ext4 The standard filesystem for Linux machines. Well tested and stable.
ext4 without journal The same as ext4 but does not use a journal for filesystem transaction. This will write less data to disk but will lose data when not shut down correctly. Don't use this unless you know exactly what you are doing.
XFS A robust server filesystem.
reiserfs Very similar approach to ext4 and very well tested, too.



The installer will start partitioning and formatting your hard drive and install the IPFire system on it. Depending on the size of the hard drive and the speed of your system, this will take a moment.




After the installation process has been finished you will need to reboot and go on with the next step: Step 4: Initial setup.

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