Solus OS: How To Install

Hi, below are the instructions and links to download and install Solus OS. Open Quick Look: Solus OS to get a quick grasp of what it is. It is highly recommended to make a back up of importation files to another PC to prevent data loss. That said, please read and apply the instructions with a rapt attention.

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– Knowledge about booting via USB
– USB drive of 2GB or more
– PC with 1gb RAM or more
– Solus iso -> Download here
– For Windows download: Rufus
– For Linux: USB Image Writer or DD Method


If the requirements are set, then the next move is to make Solus bootable on a USB. For users on Linux:
USB Image Writer:
1. Manually open USB Image Writer, select the ISO and your USB drive and select write, it will automatically begin writing the content of the ISO to the USB drive or

2. Right click on the Solus.ISO file, open with USB Image Writer and begin writing to the USB Drive. Wait till it finishes then reboot to the boot menu and boot Solus from the USB into live session user mode, ignore the DD method and scroll down to Installing Solus.

DD method:
1. Optionally rename the ISO from Solus-2017.01.01.-Budgie to Solus.ISO or any preferable name; to make typing easier.

2. Insert your USB drive, open your terminal and locate the downloaded Solus ISO. e.g type the code below into terminal if it’s in your Downloads folder;

CD ~/Downloads

If it is not located there, you can also navigate to the folder where the ISO is located, left click and empty space and open through terminalScreenshot from 2017-03-20 02-52-54

3. After doing any of the choices in instructions 2 (either navigating through terminal or opening terminal in the iso) and in the folder of the Solus.ISO file, type in terminal:

sudo lsblk

It will display an output similar to the screenshot below;Screenshot from 2017-03-20 02-48-10One of the disks, in my case “sdb” should be roughly the size of your USB Drive, note the name down.

4. Unmount the USB drive with the code below
PS: input your USB drive name you noted down where “sdb” is written.

sudo umount /dev/sdb

5. This is the part where the content of your USB drive will be overwritten with that on the ISO, please confirm you identified the CORRECT drive in “lsblk” above. Assuming you are in the folder where your Solus.iso is located and also renamed the iso in instruction 1(DD method), type or copy and paste the command below;

sudo dd bs=4M if=Solus.iso of=/dev/sdb

PS: In the above command type /dev/sdb and not /dev/sdb. Now patiently wait till it finishes, before you reboot or eject be sure it is done to avoid errors. How it looks when done.Screenshot from 2017-03-20 12:02:35PS: Mine is located in /media/looney/Persie/Solus


Reboot into boot menu (pressing a function key specific to your PC) and select your USB drive in the boot menu to boot into Solus OS live session user mode. After fiddling around open the app list, select launch Install OS and select Install OS to disk.

After selecting Install OS to disk, the next menu will be “Where should we install” menu, like in the screenshot below;

Screenshot from 2017-03-20 12-45-14

Where should we install menu

PS: My menu in the screenshot will be different from yours.

1. Dual/Single Boot – The first option will install Solus solely to an HDD if there is no operating system installed, however it will show a “Install Alongside” option to dual boot Solus with with your currently installed OS e.g Windows or Ubuntu. If you want to dual boot, tick it and navigate the installer till you get to the summary page, press install and wait till it prompts you to reboot.

2. Single Boot – The second option will erase every content on your HDD as it states and install a fresh copy of Solus, All data will be wiped including your installed OS. If you want to solely install Solus, tick it and press next, on the next page it is optional to enable “Use LVM” or “Encryption”. After choosing your preference and imputing your login input and details, navigate to the summary page and install it. Wait till it prompts you to reboot.

3. Custom installation – This option is for advanced users, here you create your own preferred partitions for installation. If you don’t know how this works choose from the two options above, navigate here for instructions to make partitions for installation on Linux. when done partitioning, input your login and details and install it.

Screenshot from 2017-03-20 16-16-46

This is how it should look after successfully installing, reboot and enjoy Solus OS. Give comments and feedback and let’s discuss it.


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