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Fedora Downloads

This section provides guidance on how to select the appropriate installation media for the download.

As already mentioned, the site provides all the Fedora Downloads. The landing page lists all available Editions, Spins, Labs, etc. as described in Getting started, and links to the proper details pages. Navigate to the page that covers the Fedora variant you decided to use.

Now you have to make additional choices as described here.

  • the architecture of the hardware to install Fedora on

  • the type of installation media that fits your needs best

Hardware architecture

You have to determine: Which architecture is my computer?

The system architecture is essentially determined by the processor. Fedora officially supports Intel/AMD x86_64 and ARM aarch64 architecture. Additionally installation media and Fedora support for PowerPC ppc64le and 'big iron' s390x are available - just in case.

Installing Fedora using a wrong architecture medium is not possible. Consult your manufacturer’s documentation for details on your processor.

If you already use a Linux distribution on the respective computer, you can enter uname -m within a terminal to identify your architecture. If you use another operating system, use your preferred search engine to find out how to identify the architecture on the respective computer. Alternatively, you can search for your hardware (e.g., processor/cpu model, vendor product number of the computer): the processor/cpu determines the architecture.

If you are not sure about your architecture, you should have a look on the table below: this could help you to indicate what you have.

Table 1. Processor and architecture types
Processor manufacturer and types of computer Architecture type for Fedora

Most computers with Intel and AMD processors; Mac computers before Apple M1; most server, workstation, desktop and laptop type computers; some netbooks and tablets


Most processors other than Intel and AMD; Mac computers beginning with Apple M1; Raspberry Pi and most comparable devices; most tablets; some netbooks

ARM® aarch64

Regarding ARM architecture, Fedora supports only 64-bit architecture, aarch64 or arm8, as of release 37 and newer. The older 32-bit architecture, armhfp or arm7, is dropped.

Media Types

Fedora provides 4 different types of installation media that meet different requirements.

Live images

Live images ("Live ISO") are designed to boot the computer and to allow you to preview Fedora before installing it. Instead of booting directly into the installer, a live image loads the same environment you will get after installation.

The file type is '.iso'. You have to transfer the file to a boot medium, usually an USB stick, or still a CD or DVD.

Use a live image to install your favorite system, test Fedora on new hardware, troubleshoot, or share with friends.

Fedora Workstation, the Fedora Spins and some Fedora Labs are the only ones provided as live images.

Standard images

Standard images ("Standard ISO") are designed to boot the computer, as well, but boot directly into the installation environment. They include all files needed for the installation and some offer further choices and configuration options.

The file type is '.iso'. You have to transfer the file to a boot medium, usually an USB stick, or still a CD or DVD.

Use a standard image to perform an offline installation without any internet connection or the available connection is slow or unstable.

Fedora Server, Fedora IoT, Fedora CoreOS, Fedora Silverblue, and Fedora Kinoite are available as standard images.

Netinstall images

Netinstall images ("Netinstall ISO") are designed to boot the computer, as well, and boot directly into the installation environment. But they provide just the minimum system files to boot and to connect to the internet. Subsequently the system has to download all files needed for installation from the online Fedora package repositories.

The file type is '.iso'. You have to transfer the file to a boot medium, usually an USB stick, or still a CD or DVD.

Use a netinstall image if the system has a stable and fairly fast Internet connection. The installation already accesses the latest updates.

Netinstall images are currently available only for Fedora Server installations.

Filesystem disk images

Disk images provide a preinstalled and preconfigured ready to run file system for a specific runtime environment like a virtual machine, e.g. cloud system, or specific hardware like single board computers (SBC), e.g. Raspberry Pi or its alternatives.

The file type is mostly either '.raw' or '.qcow2'. You have to use a runtime specific installation program, provided either by Fedora (e.g. in case of SBCs) or the runtime provider (e.g. one of the cloud systems like Amazon AWS).

Use a filesystem disk image if you want to use one of the intended runtime environments.