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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 the Intel x86®, ARM® and MIPS® processor architectures; Software packages can be built natively or cross compiling through the XBPS source packages collection.

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.

Rolling release

Install once, update daily. Your system will always be up-to-date.

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. See the usage page for a brief introduction.


We were the first distribution to switch to LibreSSL by default, replacing OpenSSL.

Due to the Heartbleed fiasco we believe that the OpenBSD project has qualified and pro-active developers to provide a more secure alternative.


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). See the usage page for a brief introduction.


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

xbps changes

November 12, 2018

New images now available!

New x86 and ARM images are now available that contain tons of updates and fixes.

The x86 images come with multiple flavours:

  • base-system
  • Enlightenment
  • Cinnamon
  • Mate
  • XFCE
  • LXDE
  • LXQt

As usual we also have a supply of ARM images including:

  • BeagleBone/BeagleBone Black
  • Cubieboard 2
  • Odroid U2/U3
  • RaspberryPi (ARMv6)
  • RaspberryPi 2
  • RaspberryPi 3

Void also comes in musl C flavors, which use the musl C library, a lightweight alternative to the popular glibc library.

Did you know you can run Void in the cloud? We provide ready to upload images for Google Cloud Platform that are compatible with the always free tier! You can also easily build images for other cloud providers from our ready to run x64 tarballs.

Our rootfs tarballs can also be used anywhere you want a Void Linux chroot and are available for all architectures we currently compile for.

You can find all images and rootfs tarballs at https://alpha.de.repo.voidlinux.org/live/current, or in the /live/current directory on any mirror near you.

November 05, 2018

The forum is Down

The forum is down.

The forum has been generously operated by @gregf and is not a managed Void resource, so we have no information as to when or if it will return. We have reached out to gregf to determine what has happened and possible courses of action, and will provide updates as information becomes available.

In the meantime, for Void Linux support, please explore the following channels:

  • IRC
    • We have #voidlinux and #xbps on freenode
    • #voidlinux is for general support
    • #xbps is for development discussion
  • The Wiki
    • The wiki is currently in maintenence mode, help us replace it at the docs repo
  • StackExchange
  • Reddit
    • r/voidlinux
    • Also not managed/moderated by the Void team, but very likely to be up!