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Download Funtoo Linux

Here are the steps you should follow to download Funtoo Linux stage3 tarball. If you need an install CD, please see Funtoo Linux Installation for Live Media recommendations. Funtoo Linux currently doesn't have its own LiveCD, but there are many that you can use for installation.

First, Pick a Mirror...

Funtoo Linux can be downloaded at the following locations:

Now... pick a build

Now you'll first need to pick a build of Funtoo Linux to install. Builds are like different versions of Funtoo Linux. Our funtoo-current build is the most up-to-date and recommended build. We also offer funtoo-stable. Both current and stable share the use the same Portage tree (package repository), but newer packages are unmasked (made available for install) in funtoo-current.

There is also a funtoo-experimental, which contains our experimental development work. As you might guess, funtoo-experimental is for developers and testers only, and it has its own experimental Portage tree that is separate from the others.

If you don't know which one to choose, pick funtoo-current.

Picked one? Great! Open a mirror in a new window, and select the appropriate build directory from the list.

funtoo-current ->

Next... pick an arch

Next, it's time to pick an architecture. If you have a modern 64-bit PC-compatible desktop or server, you generally want x86-64bit. If you have an older 32-bit PC-compatible desktop or server, you'll want to use x86-32bit. Also an option for 64-bit x86 systems.

We also bundle virtualization directories alongside the architecture directories, so if you want to install an OpenVZ container of Funtoo Linux, select openvz, then pick the correct architecture within. Likewise, if you're looking for a Vagrant run image of Funtoo Linux, look in the vagrant directory.

If you are installing Funtoo Linux on a Sparc64 system, choose sparc-64bit.

funtoo-current -> x86-64bit

Now... select a sub-arch

Now, you'll need to pick a sub-architecture of Funtoo Linux that suits your needs. A sub-architecture is a build of Funtoo Linux that is optimized for your particular CPU.

If you are building a Linux-based appliance or grabbing an image for mass-deployment, you might want to choose a generic sub-architecture that will be compatible with a wide range of processors. Otherwise, choose the most optimized sub-architecture that your processor supports.

Note that we offer the greatest number of choices for funtoo-current. Other builds will have a more limited number of sub-arches available.


  • corei7: Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 desktop processors or higher. Xeon 5500, 5600 and 7500 series server processors or higher. (Nehalem, Sandy Bridge)
  • core2_64: Intel Core 2 series or higher, which include the Core 2 Solo, Duo, Quad and Extreme. Also suitable for Nehalem.
  • atom_64: Intel Atom optimized. Compatible with Core 2 series.
  • amd64-k8: AMD Opteron or Athlon 64 processors, or higher
  • amd64-k10: AMD Phenom, Phenom II and compatible, or higher
  • generic_64 : Generic 64-bit Intel/AMD processor


  • core2_32: Intel Core 2 series or compatible, which include the Core 2 Solo, Duo, Quad and Extreme. Also suitable for Nehalem.
  • atom_32: Intel Atom optimized. Compatible with Core 2 series.
  • amd64-k8_32: AMD Opteron or Athlon 64 processors, or higher.
  • athlon-xp: Athlon XP or Opteron/Athlon 64.
  • i686: Generic P6-class system
  • i486: Intel 80486+ system

You should now grab the most recent stage3 for the sub-architecture that you've chosen:

funtoo-current -> x86-64bit -> corei7 -> stage3-latest.tar.xz