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The regular image builds are intended to aid those interested in ALT Sisyphus and the current state of Linux desktop environments (at least as packaged there).

These are not the fully fledged properly tailored distributions but rather targeted technology demos that can happen to be useful either (the release manager's current laptop is installed using one of those -- did I mention these are installable LiveCDs?).

Please note that regular images are built using the unstable development repository (think debian testing) so if you want to install ALT really do consider images which are built and updated using stable branches:

The rescue image contains console tools for handling and fixing up all of the popular and some less widely known filesystems as well as to perform data recovery, hardware and networking diagnostics, security incident investigation; sometimes it is the most recent versions of kernel, drivers and utilities that are really in need.

NB: if an image looks broken check the hash against MD5SUM/SHA1SUM files. This can happen if your download manager gets the file in chunks or has to resume the interrupted download and the "latest" symlink changes during that (which should not happen more than once a day). The images under snapshots/ directory aren't symlinks but are the files themselves so if this is an issue you might want to choose and download one of those. The other way to fix a corrupted download is to use rsync against prefix.


There are multiple sets of DE/architecture specific builds (see also dedicated rescue page); note that the manually verified ones are linked from tested directory while current contains automatically updated symlinks.

Starterkits Regular
quarterly weekly
stable current
server, vm

If you encounter any problems with a current image it might make sense to look whether the "a bit more official" tested one behaves better (thank you for still dropping us a note that the latest isn't greatest in your particular case).

The images are autobuilt weekly (on Wednesdays, Moscow time) but we can release updated ones manually as often as daily.

i586 architecture

On May 22, 2024, the latest images were builded on i586, after which they were moved to the archive:

There are no plans to resume building i586 images on Sisyphus.

non-x86 architectures

Please refer to aarch64 (nee ARMv8), mipsel (MIPS32) and riscv64 (RV64GC) specific pages for more information on running the images in QEMU and on corresponding hardware.

Direct image download links

NB: these lead to fairly large files themselves (see estimation); see the tested/ directory if you'd like to browse things.

There's also a mirror at Yandex.

Note the tips on suitable utilities to write the hybrid ISO image to bootable media; please do not use UNetbootin, Rufus, or UltraISO as those will cripple the result unfortunately.







Please see ChangeLog and BUGS files for current information.


You're welcome to subscribe to our mailing list or join the IRC channel to discuss anything related to these images.

The bugs (unless already known) should be filed against specific products, namely Regular (for image bugs) and Sisyphus (for package bugs).

Tech note

The technology behind these images is aimed at making derivatives easy while requiring the very minimal specification of the difference added.


  1. E19, E18 and E17 images available in archive
  2. gnustep, icewm, wmaker flavours use sysvinit
  3. Just Enough Operating System: minimalistic installer/image with networking and package management capabilities; non-x86 flavours have root password set to altlinux, please change