Running Netrunner in 3 easy steps


STEP 1. Make a bootable LIVE-USB or DVD
STEP 2. Install from LIVE-USB or DVD

STEP 3 (optional). Read Post Installation Tips

Minimum requirements (tested on samsung netbook n110):

CPU 1.6-GHz Intel Atom N270
Hard Drive Size 10GB
Graphics Card Intel GMA 945
Video Memory 128MB

If you want to try out Netrunner in a VirtualBox, please make sure to give it 1024 MB RAM.



STEP 1. Make a bootable LIVE-USB or DVD


What you need

» Netrunner ISO
» Unetbootin or Imagewriter (both are programs that will create a bootable USB from an ISO)
» 2 GB (or larger) USB Stick or drive

64bit: If your 64bit machine with (U)EFI crashes during installation, it is advised to use imagewriter, as it does use another bootlader, which makes the ISO install fine.



Download unetbootin from

Download Imagewriter for Windows: Image Writer (for Windows)

or install package “usb-imagewriter” (for linux).

(Tip: To restore the usb pen back to full usage, on windows download bootice from here and follow these instructions (windows and linux)).

Format the USB Stick

Start UNetbootin » Select the ISO location (Diskimage) » Select the USB drive

Press “OK”. UNetbootin creates a Live-USB and you should see something like this:

You now have a LIVE USB stick with Netrunner on it, ready to boot!
If you want to run or install Netrunner on the current machine, press “Reboot Now”.
If you want to wait until later, or run or install Netrunner on a different machine, press “Exit”.


STEP 2. Boot from LIVE-USB/DVD to Install

» This will be performed on the machine on which you wish to install Netrunner.
» This step is “non-destructive”, that means:
You do not have to permanently install Netrunner at this point. You can explore the operating system from your USB-Stick to see how you like it without affecting your existing setup.

What you need

» An USB-stick/DVD with Netrunner installed (see instructions above).


1. Insert the Netrunner USB-stick into the USB slot of the machine you want to test

Note: Make sure your machine is set to boot from USB first. You may need to check your BIOS to enable this functionality.


2. Boot the machine and watch stuff happen!

Once Netrunner is up and running you should see something like this:


3. Explore Netrunner

Note: In the LiveUSB environment you can explore Netrunner without making any changes to your existing system. In the LiveUSB environment the performance will be much less compared to the normal, installed mode.

Once you are ready, click on “Install Netrunner”!


4. Click on “Install Netrunner” to begin the install process

First choose your preferred language.


5. Prepare

Simply tests for available Disk Space and Internet Connection (not needed in case you do not want to install language packs or updates)


6. Disk Setup

Partitioning is usually the one area that trips up newcomers to Linux. You have two basic options:
Option A: Install Netrunner “side-by-side” an existing OS, giving it a portion of the hard drive.
Option B: Install Netrunner only, giving it the entire hard drive and erasing all other data.

In this screenshot, I’m choosing Option A and giving Netrunner a portion of the disk, while leaving the other system unaffected and ready for selection on boot.

Of course, the installer has also C. Manual advanced option where you can set the partitions to your exact liking if you are in need of that level of control!


7. Timezone and Keyboard

Those are pretty much self-explanatory, so we will continue and go straight to:


8. User Info

Here you enter your name, username, password and choose the name for your computer and a default login option.

If you are ready to install the system, click continue and Installation begins.

9. Install! (Installation progress)

The installer will display progress and status information as it installs.

The percentages give you an estimates and may spring back a few times to a lower percentage to reflect it still needs to install locales or file-system.

At times, it seems the installer just hangs because there seems to be no progress – that’s not unusual, so don’t worry and just give it some time to finish.
At a maximum, the installation process should take about 30-40 minutes, much more likely are 15-30 minutes though (depending on the cpu, memory and hard drive of the machine).

After installation is finished, the system will return to the live-screen again and ask you to restart or continue:

If you restart, let the system power down, then remove the stick and reboot.


Step 3. (optional): Please look out for the other tutorials with tips what you may do at your first boot into Netrunner:

Welcome to Netrunner

You can give feedback for this article or further discuss it in the forum linked below.

  • Razorback2012

    Looks great. Any plans to have a Windows installer version similar to Mint?

    • AFTE

      You can google “EasyBCD” for multiple OS booting …….. :)

  • Fred Talmadge

    How do I prevent Netrunner 13.06 Grub2 from loading. I want to keep Chakra as my main distro and use it’s Grub2

    • Saad Iladoukh

      during the partition manager step, you have to choose the manual partitioning, then you need to create a separated /boot partition, and you choose to install the boot manager not in the MBR but in the partition /boot you’ve just created. once the installation process is done, reboot the system and you will notice that your Chakra’s bootloader is still there. to add your netrunner in the chakra’s bootloader, just update your grub (Chakra’s grub) ;)

      • Barak Bo

        hello saad, i was wondering, in addition to the netrunner install partition do i have to create an additional partition and make it boot? how big should i make it ?
        thank you

  • EDwin Becerra

    his linux I’ve been using a live usb, I like the fluidity with which works in this netboot, I have installed linux mint but try this ditro linux with usb it shows speed, 8.3 gb hurt asking, kubuntu which is similar in its installer asks only 4.3 gb, I would like if anyone knows how to do the intalacion less disc capacity to give me instructions to install it in a manual.

  • JayBee

    Is it possible to use Netrunner fully installed on the USB flash drive (as with Puppy or Knoppix)? Knoppix has an “overlay” partition which saves all settings, personalization, bookmarks etc. Can this be done with Netrunner using some special commands or a special program?

    • Starbuck2001

      You could add some space on the stick with unetbootin to preserve files after reboot:

      • JayBee

        Thank you for that, Starbuck2001. I’ll investigate. :)

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  • Jim Kirkey

    Hi Starbuck and team: I’ve been using Netrunner 13.06 x86-64 on my main machine (a Dell Precision 370, with 3.4Ghz dual core processor, 4 Gigs RAM, and an 80GB OS drive. I also use a 750GB Home drive. I find it (Netrunner) very stable, reliable, fast and generally a joy to use.
    I would now like to install the i386 version on a notebook, a Dell D620 with a 1.66 GHz Pentium M CPU, 1.5 GB RAM and a 40GB hard drive. I am replacing Kubuntu 12.10 and want to keep my existing Home directory. I haven’t seen an option to keep existing home directory though. Would you be able to let me know if the feature is available and maybe where to look? Please and thanks. Cheers guys… Netrunner is GREAT !

    • Starbuck2001

      The best way would be to make a backup of your home directory and copy the main folders back to your new installation. You can try copying also the hidden folders back, not sure if that mixes well though.

      • Jim Kirkey

        Thank you Starbuck. I copied back the main folders as you suggested and all is well. As I didn’t want to corrupt Netrunner in any way, I chose not to copy any hidden files/folders and I now have Home, with my previous content. Thanks again man. Cheers. Jim

  • Jesse

    My installer didn’t offer me the option to split my hard drive…?

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  • German DAddario

    good morning, I’m from Argentina. Anyone know how to install the nvidia display driver 331.38?. I could help?

    • German Ghermain

      Prueba buscando en la página de NVidia:

      Aunque creo que para un óptimo funcionamiento se debe usar el drive correspondiente a 319.

      También asegúrese de no instalar 319 con gestor de controladores antes de instalar 331.

      • German DAddario

        Bueno anteriormente, estuve utilizando la version alterior de netrunner 13.06 en la cual no tuve problemas en instalar los drivers de nvidia en la version 331.20.Pero ahora en la nueva version netrunner 13.12 los drivers 331.20 no los encuentro ni agregando el reposito directo de nvidia, ya que me pide de instalar drivers 331.38(los cuales no funcionan).Ya e instalado la version 319, y van bien.pero yo queria tener los ultimos (tengo una nvidia GT 440)y busque en la pagina de nvidia y me indican que baje la version 331.38.Que puedo hacer dejo los 319, o busco hacer funcionar los 331.38? u volver a encontrar los 331.20? gracias igualmente por tu ayuda German, Esta distro, esta muy buena y no la quiero cambiar por ninguna otra, ya pase por mint, ubuntu, opensuse, pero esta es de lo mejor!!

  • Christian

    I installed netrunner on a spare hard drive to try it out. Now when I boot my computer It wants to boot netrunner (linux) OS selection. If I pull the hard drive with netrunner on it out of the computer it can’t find my windows install at boot. How do i remove this so my main hard drive can boot to windows without the spare hard drive in the system? Next time I do this I will unplug my main hard drive from the system first.

    • Doomy

      You should be able to set the order of which hard drive boots first through your bios.

  • infern0


    I had some issues when updating from 13.06 to 13.12.

    I was using the *.sh script provided and, in the middle of the process, the electricity went off screwing up my installation. Now, i cannot start the OS. Could you point me some way of workaround that situation? any suggestion?


    • Starbuck2001

      Hi infern0,
      please use our forum, we can help you there!