Install CrunchBang

Install CrunchBang Linux

Installing CrunchBang Linux


CrunchBang is a Debian based Linux distribution. CrunchBang Linux is a popular fast, secure and easily customisable distribution. CrunchBang uses the "openbox" windows manager providing a light weight interface. CrunchBang uses many of the Debian systems base repositories which are known for their stability. If you would like to try CrunchBang, then click the link below to download the "iso" image.
Download CrunchBang Linux



Once you have your downloaded your CrunchBang "iso" image, you will need to burn this to a CD. For software that can do this, search for "cd or dvd iso burning software" in the search box above. Your system may already come with burning software such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your "iso" image of CrunchBang to your CD, you will need to leave the CD in the CD drive and reboot your system. As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the booting order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the settings below.


Select Installation Method


From this screen, select your installation method. I have chosen to go with the "text" based option.


installing CrunchBang Linux

Select Language


Choose your language to be used throughout your installation of CrunchBang.


crunchbang language select

Select Location


Select Location. This will be used to identify your time zone.


crunchbang linux

Select Keyboard Layout


Select Select Keyboard Layout.


CrunchBang Keyboard Selection

Preparing System for Disk Partitioning


Preparing System for Partitioning, Loading partitioning manager. No interaction required.


CrunchBang Partitioning

Enter hostname information


Enter the hostname you require your system to be known as.


CrunchBang hostname

Setting Up Users


Here you must enter the user name of a user.


CrunchBang User Settings

Enter Password Information


Specify your password to be used with your previously supplied user name. You will be asked to verify this information.


CrunchBang password


Partition Disks


Choose your disk partitioning scheme. Full instructions will be supplied if you choose one of the guided options. In this example I have chosen to use the "guided" option with "entire disk" and "LVM".

For more information on using LVM with your installation click on our LVM Guide


CrunchBang Partitioning Schemes

Select Disk to Partition


Verify your Disk to be used for Partitioning.


CrunchBang Verify Disk

Choose a Partitioning Scheme


Here you can choose to use your entire disk with one partition or separate areas such as /home to use its own partition. In the example I have selected to have a separate partition for home.


CrunchBang Partitioning

Confirm Write Changes to Disk


If you are happy to proceed, reply yes.


CrunchBang Confirm Changes

Overview of your layout


An overview of your selections will be displayed. Select "Finish partitioning and write changes to disk" to continue.


CrunchBang Overview of settings

Write Changes to Disk


An overview of your layout is now displayed. Replying "yes" here will write your changes to disk.


CrunchBang write changes to disk

Configuring Packages


Installation packages are now being configured.


CrunchBang configuring packages

Install the GRUB Bootloader


This next step will install the GRUB bootloader to your master boot record (MBR).


install GRUB bootloader

Installation Complete


Your installation is now complete. You will need to reboot your system.


CrunchBang Linux installation is now complete

Grub Bootloader Screen


The GRUB bootloader screen is displayed briefly before your system loads. By default, the system will load after a few seconds.


Grub Boot Loader

Login Screen


Type the name of the user account to login to your system. You will then be asked to supply your associated password for this account.


CrunchBang Login screen

Post Installation Script


After your first boot of the system, a post installation script is called. Here you can install additional software, update the software already installed. Simply follow the instructions as they are presented. If you do not want to run the post installation routine, you can always run this at a later time by typing "cb-welcome" at the command line.


Post Installation Script