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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

July 30, 2018

XBPS 0.53 released

A new XBPS stable version has been released: 0.53. This is a minor release that contains bugfixes and performance improvements:

  • xbps-rindex(1): fix possible stagedata deadlock. (@Gottox)

  • xbps-create(1): Allow file paths longer than 128 characters. (@Gottox)

  • libxbps: share workload more efficient between threads and avoid idling threads. (@Gottox)

  • xbps-rindex(1): By default xbps-rindex will not check hashes while cleaning. To enable the old behavior the user can supply the –hashcheck flag. (@Gottox)

This version also bumps the ABI version that should’ve happened with 0.52. Sorry for that.

Please report issues at https://github.com/void-linux/xbps/issues.

June 03, 2018

GitHub Organisation is moving

So we’re finally moving our GitHub Organisation. The new organisation name will be github.com/void-linux.

We will move the organisation on 2018-06-15.

This is a painful but important step in our reorganisation procedure and lays the foundation of expanding our maintainer team.

Pull Requests

Beginning from that date, Void will only accept new pull requests for our new org. New pull requests opened on the old organisation will be auto closed. The remaining pull requests on the old organisation will remain open and will be handled, or the author can reopen them on the new org.


We will add a comment to the remaining issues asking for them to be reopened on the new organisation.


During the next few weeks the team will publish updates to point the repositories to voidlinux.org instead of voidlinux.eu. We will publish a dedicated news entry when the domain is ready to be used.

For everyone that manually configured a repository under the voidlinux.eu domain, please change it manually.

The voidlinux.eu domain will continue to work, but we cannot give any promises for how long.

At last we’d like to thank for the awesome support we’re experiencing during our restructuring.