This page describes the most standard manual installation of OpenIndiana using the interactive installer. For specific use-cases there are other advanced installation methods, described on other pages of this Wiki and blog posts around the Internet.
You need a PC (32 or 64-bit) with at least 512 megabytes of RAM (768 megabytes recommended), and 4 gigabytes (2 gigabytes for the text installer) of available disk space. You can also use virtual machine software such as VirtualBox, Parallels or VMware.
To create a bootable USB device, you must use a USB storage device exactly 1 gigabyte (GB) or larger.
To create a live USB with Windows, use the OpenSolaris Live USB Creator.
To create a live USB with illumos, Solaris or OpenSolaris, you may use the usbcopy tool.
To create a live USB on any Unix-like system (including OS X):
rmformat -l), /dev/sd* on Linux (
fdisk -l), /dev/da* on FreeBSD (
camcontrol devlist), or /dev/disk* on OS X (
cat 1G.header <live USB image file> | dd bs=1024k of=<path to raw USB storage device>
Boot your computer with the medium inserted. You may have to change the boot device order in your BIOS configuration.
In VirtualBox 3.2 or later, "Use host I/O cache" must be enabled in the emulated storage controller used by the virtual machine to successfully boot OpenIndiana.
If you do not see a menu after booting your computer with the DVD or USB device, and instead see some text and a "grub>" prompt, there may be an error in your copy of the installer, or it was created incorrectly.
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. Include error messages you see on the console, and the output of the command
svcs -xv and the contents of the file
/var/log/Xorg.0.log if possible.
The login for the text session is username jack, password jack. The installer is graphical and requires X11, although it is possible to use it over a network with SSH X forwarding if you enable SSH. For administrative access, prepend your commands with
Using Mac OS X to create the USB Live Image of OpenIndiana? These instructions may help.
You'll need at least a 2GB USB stick; this example uses a 4GB.
OS X includes all tools needed:
1. Download the dd image, and the corresponding checksum file. Be sure to download the image 'writable with dd'!
2. Checksum your download - be sure you have a match!
3. After plugging in the USB device you will use - and assuming it's been formatted, it will appear in diskutil.
In our example, we've used a 4GB USB stick, disk2, with a 1GB FAT_16 partition:
CAUTION: dd will erase all partitions, and all data, on this stick. Be sure of the disk# you are using!
4. unmount the USB stick, if mounted:
5. Write the image using dd; we timed it:
Welcome to OpenIndiana! Enjoy!