placeholder image 1What is Calamares

Calamares is an installer framework. By design it is very customizable, in order to satisfy a wide variety of needs and use cases. Calamares aims to be easy, usable & beautiful while remaining independent of any particular Linux distribution.

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placeholder image 2Knowledge Base

The Guide linked above has documentation for end-users, the wiki is mostly for distro developers. The developer’s guide contains information on building Calamares, on its design, and localization.


Calamares look

Since Calamares is designed to be customized, themed and branded by individual distributions, it can look very different when used by specific distributions. A separate extensions package contains examples and custom modules.


Latest News:

Winter 2020

Squid are known to hibernate, and the Calamares team is no different. In the winter (northern hemisphere) of 2020, we will be taking some time off. Pull requests are still welcome, and you can continue to file issues, but do not expect rapid response until the second week of January. Various community members may be more active, and we hope to see everyone alive-and-hacking in the new year (expect a 3.2.36 mid-January).

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Calamares Website Updated

The Calamares team is happy to announce a re-vamp of the Calamares website. Thanks to Anke Boersma (better known as the driving force behind KaOS) the design, layout and technology behind the website have jumped forward.

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Calamares released

This is a hotfix translation release in the 3.2 series. Some strange string artifacts appeared, leading to {1?} being displayed in various user-facing messages. These have been removed and the translations updated.

Calamares is a distribution-independent system installer, with an advanced partitioning feature for both manual and automated partitioning operations. Calamares is designed to be customizable by distribution maintainers without need for cumbersome patching, thanks to third party branding and external modules support.

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