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You can download SystemRescueCd immediately from this page. It is recommended to use the 64bit version (amd64) but a 32bit version (i686) is also available.

Release SystemRescueCd-6.1.6 for amd64 SystemRescueCd-6.1.6 for i686
Release date 2020-07-04 2020-07-04
Download size 687 MiB 673 MiB
Download ISO systemrescuecd-amd64-6.1.6.iso systemrescuecd-i686-6.1.6.iso
SHA256 checksum systemrescuecd-amd64-6.1.6.iso.sha256 systemrescuecd-i686-6.1.6.iso.sha256
SHA512 checksum systemrescuecd-amd64-6.1.6.iso.sha512 systemrescuecd-i686-6.1.6.iso.sha512
Signature systemrescuecd-amd64-6.1.6.iso.asc systemrescuecd-i686-6.1.6.iso.asc

Other versions

You can also download previous versions, legacy versions or beta versions if you want to have more recent versions of packages or to try the latest features.

Installation on a USB stick or internal disk

It is possible to use SystemRescueCd without having a CD/DVD drive. You can install SystemRescueCd on USB sticks, or on a local disk. In any case you will need to download the ISO image from the current page.

Checking the downloaded file

To confirm that the download was successful, you should download the checksum files and then run verification commands such as the following ones:

sha256sum --check systemrescuecd-x.y.z.iso.sha256
sha512sum --check systemrescuecd-x.y.z.iso.sha512

These command will recalculate the checksum on the downloaded file, and compare it with the expected checksums. These checksum programs are part of coreutils on Linux and should be pre-installed with most distributions.

You can download sha256sum.exe for windows, and you can run the command from a cmd.exe terminal.

Checking the signature

You can also verify the signature of the ISO image using GnuPG. The signature is located in the ASC file named after the ISO image located in the same download location. The public signing key can be found in security.

gpg --import gnupg-pubkey.txt
gpg --verify systemrescuecd-x.y.z.iso.asc systemrescuecd-x.y.z.iso

Errors during the boot process

Various issues can cause SystemRescueCd to hangs or fail with unexpected errors during the boot process. Please do not report these as bugs unless you have verified the frequent causes of these issues:

  • Boot medias such as CD, DVD, and USB stick are often unreliable and bad blocks will cause problems. You can try another media to see if it makes a difference, and you can enable verification when you burn/copy the ISO image to make sure data written to the device can be read and match the original.
  • Damaged RAM will cause all type of programs to behave unexpectedly. Computers memory can be tested using program such as memtest which is included with SystemRescueCd.
  • You will also get problems if the system runs out of memory. So make sure your computers has at least 2GB of memory if you start with the default boot options or 4GB if you cache the system into RAM.

Writing the ISO image file to a CD/DVD

On Linux you can use either command line tools such as cdrecord/wodim or graphical tools such as k3b, brasero or xfburn.

Online documentation

Reading the Quick Start Guide is recommended if it is your first time using SystemRescueCd. You may also be interested in the Complete documentation for more details.


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