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The Void (Linux) distribution

Void is a general purpose operating system, based on the monolithic Linux kernel. Its package system allows you to quickly install, update and remove software; software is provided in binary packages or can be built directly from sources with the help of the XBPS source packages collection.

It is available for a variety of platforms. Software packages can be built natively or cross compiled through the XBPS source packages collection.

Follow us on Twitter, visit the #voidlinux IRC channel on libera.chat, and join the Void Linux subreddit.

Visit the Void build server console for package build status updates.

Contribute to the Void Linux project by adding and updating packages and extending the documentation. More information can be found in the Handbook.

Not a fork!

Void Linux is an independent distribution, developed entirely by volunteers.

Unlike trillions of other existing distros, Void is not a modification of an existing distribution. Void's package manager and build system have been written from scratch.

Stable rolling release

Void focuses on stability, rather than on being bleeding-edge. Install once, update routinely and safely.

Thanks to our continuous build system, new software is built into binary packages as soon as the changes are pushed to the void-packages repository.


We use runit as the init system and service supervisor.

runit is a simple and effective approach to initialize the system with reliable service supervision. Refer to the Void Handbook for an introduction.

C library diversity

Void Linux supports both the musl and GNU libc implementations, patching incompatible software when necessary and working with upstream developers to improve the correctness and portability of their projects.


xbps is the native system package manager, written from scratch with a 2-clause BSD license.

XBPS allows you to quickly install/update/remove software in your system and features detection of incompatible shared libraries and dependencies while updating or removing packages (among others). Refer to the Handbook for an overview.


xbps-src is the xbps package builder, written from scratch with a 2-clause BSD license.

This builds the software in containers through the use of Linux namespaces, providing isolation of processes and bind mounts (among others). No root required!

Additionally, xbps-src can build natively or cross compile for the target machine, and supports multiple C libraries (glibc and musl currently).

void-packages changes

void-packages pull requests

xbps changes

July 12, 2024

Welcome a New Contributor!

The Void project is pleased to welcome aboard another new member, @tranzystorekk.

Interested in seeing your name in a future update here? Read our Contributing Page and find a place to help out! New members are invited from the community of contributors.

March 14, 2024

March 2024 Image Release (and Raspberry Pi 5 support)

We’re pleased to announce that the 20240314 image set has been promoted to current and is now generally available.

You can find the new images on our downloads page and on our many mirrors.

Some highlights of this release:

  • A keymap selector is now shown in LightDM on XFCE images (@classabbyamp in #354)
  • The chrony NTP daemon is now enabled by default in live images (@classabbyamp in abbd636)
  • Raspberry Pi images can now be installed on non-SD card storage without manual configuration on models that support booting from USB or NVMe (@classabbyamp in #361)
  • Raspberry Pi images now default to a /boot partition of 256MiB instead of 64MiB (@classabbyamp in #368)

rpi-aarch64* PLATFORMFSes and images now support the Raspberry Pi 5. After installation, the kernel can be switched to the Raspberry Pi 5-specific rpi5-kernel.

You may verify the authenticity of the images by following the instructions on the downloads page, and using the following minisign key information:

untrusted comment: minisign public key A3FCFCCA9D356F86