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Installing OpenIndiana

You need a PC (32 or 64-bit) with at least 512 megabytes of RAM, and 2 gigabytes of available disk space. You can also use a virtual machine like like ?VirtualBox or VMware.

  • Download the OpenIndiana installer image from or one of our mirrors and write it to a DVD or USB stick.
  • Boot your computer with the medium inserted. You may have to change the boot device order in your BIOS configuration.
  • When you see a menu, press Enter to start OpenIndiana on your computer. As it runs, you will be prompted with a few questions.
  • You should eventually be presented with a desktop. You can use the Device Driver Utility to check if your hardware requires additional drivers.
  • Click on Install OpenIndiana to permanently install OpenIndiana on your computer.

If you do not see a menu after booting your computer with the DVD or USB stick, and instead see some text and a "grub>" prompt, there may be an error in your copy of the installer

If you see a "login:" prompt after selecting your keyboard and language and no desktop appears after several seconds, there may be a problem with the drivers for your graphics hardware. Please [let us know|] if this happens.

The login for the text session is username jack, password jack. The installer is graphical and requires X11, although it is possible to run it on a system remotely if you enable SSH.

Upgrading from OpenSolaris


Our package repository is currently experiencing availability problems caused by the content distribution network that caches downloads. We are working on improving availability.


You can upgrade an existing (x86) OpenSolaris system to OpenIndiana.
From the command line:

pfexec pkg set-publisher --non-sticky
pfexec pkg set-publisher -P -g
pfexec pkg uninstall entire
pfexec pkg image-update

This will add OpenIndiana as a new boot environment (BE). You will still be able to use your previous OpenSolaris system until you remove the OpenSolaris BE or upgrade the ZFS pool to a newer version.

Use the -P parameter to set the preferred repository, otherwise pkg will still look to the repositories, and will report that there are no updates available when running image-update.

Please don't remove (unset) the publisher at this time. Not all of the software has updates in

In order to upgrade, you should be running OpenSolaris build 134 (snv_134), the last development release published by Oracle.

Upgrading from later builds will NOT work.

To upgrade from OpenSolaris 2009.06 (snv_111) to snv_134, you can use the following commands:

pfexec pkg set-publisher -O
pfexec pkg image-update

This uses the OpenIndiana snapshot of the OpenSolaris snv_134 dev repository. Once complete you can boot into the new snv_134 boot environment (BE) and upgrade to OpenIndiana.

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