• Pop!_Planet is still very much under development. Data for the wiki is being sourced from the Arch Linux and Ubuntu wikis, along with a bunch of completely unique content specific to Pop!_OS, and sourcing, converting and updating that content takes time; please be patient. If you can't find what you're looking for here, check the Arch Linux and Ubuntu wikis.
  • Welcome!

    I'll get straight to the point.

    When I started Pop!_Planet, I launched it because I saw a need for a centralized community for Pop!_OS. To be frank, I never expected the level of popularity it has achieved. Over the last year, we have gone from under 50 users, to almost 400 users. That's awesome! However... it also comes with a downside. We are rapidly running out of disk space on our server, and the bandwidth costs go up every month.

    Pop!_Planet is not affiliated with System76 in any way, and is funded completely out of pocket. From day one, I said that I'd never use on-site ads (I hate them as much as you do), so the only monetization we get is through donations. Right now, the donations we receive don't even cover our overhead.

    I know that most users will ignore this message, and that's ok. However, if even a few of our users are willing and able to donate a few dollars to help offset our expenses, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Support Pop!_Planet

    Thank you for your time,

    Dan Griffiths
    Pop!_Planet Founder

Installation guide

This document is a guide for installing Pop!_OS from the live system booted with an official installation image. Before installing, it would be advised to view the FAQ. For conventions used in this document, see Help:Reading. In particular, code examples may contain placeholders (formatted in italics) that must be replaced manually.

For more detailed instructions, see the respective Pop!_Planet articles or the various programs' man pages, both linked from this guide. For interactive help, the realtime chat server and the forums are also available.

Pop!_OS should run on any x86_64-compatible machine with a minimum of 2 GB RAM. A basic installation with from the live installation environment takes approximately 16 GB of space.


Getting the installation image

In order to install Pop!_OS, you first need to prepare a bootable drive. The Pop!_OS installation image comes in two flavors:

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Intel/AMD Download
NVIDIA Download
Note: The NVIDIA image installs the proprietary NVIDIA driver. This image cannot be used on Secure Boot systems. Disable Secure Boot or use the Intel/AMD image.

Making a bootable drive

Once you have downloaded whichever image you are going to be using, you'll have to "burn" it to a USB drive. To do this, you'll need the Pop!_OS .iso image, a USB drive, and software which can write the image to the drive. There are a variety of applications available, and you can find details and instructions for a variety of them on the USB_flash_installation_media page.


Installing Pop!_OS

Once you have created and booted your installation media, the first step is to choose the language that will be used for the installer and subsequent installation of Pop!_OS.

Next, you will have to set the keyboard layout.

Now you can choose whether you want to actually install Pop!_OS, or whether you'd prefer to simply try the live media Demo Mode to get some first-hand experience with Pop!_OS.

Note: The rest of this guide assumes that you selected to continue installing Pop!_OS.

Select where you want to install Pop!_OS, and decide whether you want to erase the entire drive and let the installer handle partitioning, or whether you'd prefer to setup something custom using the button on the left. Custom partitioning is helpful if you want to have a separate Home partition, or put the /tmp partition on a separate drive.

Pop!_OS includes the option to encrypt your system out of the box. You can choose to encrypt the drive by selecting the Choose Password option, or hit Don't Encrypt to continue installing without encryption.

Assuming that you chose to encrypt your system, you will be asked to specify the encryption password. This password is not the same as your user password, and will be required on every subsequent restart of your computer.

Now you just have to wait for the Pop!_OS installer to run, and you're almost home free!

Once the installer finishes, you can choose to reboot your computer and continue to create the first user, or shutdown. If you shutdown, you will be asked to create the first user the next time you boot the computer.