Getting Started with Gentoo Linux

Installing Gentoo works a bit differently than other Linux distributions.
But don't worry, we got you covered every step of the way.

Step 1: Boot a Live Environment

We offer a variety of Live Environments that allow you to perform the installation.

Choose between a lean console-only environment, a fully featured LiveDVD, or try the Gentoo-based SystemRescueCD which offers a mixture of both.

Step 2: Follow the Installation Instructions

Gentoo provides you with detailed documentation that guides you through the installation process.

There is no installation program—you're the installer. That way, you can apply all the customizations you desire.

Ready to go?

These steps are all described in the Gentoo Handbook.

Should you have any questions regarding Gentoo, or the installation process, we're here for you!

After the Installation…


Meet the community on our Forums, mailing lists, and on IRC.


There's always things to engineer, build, fix, and document. You're invited to help shape Gentoo.


Your support is vital to keep us running. Even little amounts help keep servers running.

Spread the Word

Happy with the system you built? Tell the world about it.