Install MX Linux

How to install MX Linux 19.4

MX Linux is a Linux operating system based on Debian stable and using core antiX components, with additional software created or packaged by the MX community. MX Linux comes as standard with the Firefox web browser, Libre Office suite, Thunderbird email client, Clementine Music player and VLC media player. MX Linux comes as standard with software that will suit most users needs, ranging from Graphics, Media, Office and system tools. MX Linux comes as standard with the XFCE desktop, however, other desktops are also available and can be installed.

Installing MX Linux 19.4

To try MX Linux, click on the following link to download your iso image and then follow the instructions below: Download MX Linux 19.4

Once you have downloaded your chosen "iso" image of MX Linux, you will need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can do this, you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box provided above. Your computer may already have CD/DVD burning software already installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of MX Linux to your Media, you will need to place your DVD disc into the DVD drive of the target system and reboot your system. As your computer system 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 system's BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once this change has been made, you can now reboot your system and follow the installation guide below. If you are installing into a Virtual Environment, simply copy the downloaded "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your software. If you are installing onto a computer that does not have an optical drive (CD/DVD), then you will need to copy the "iso" image to a USB stick and choose the option to boot from USB device. For instructions on how to make a bootable USB device, follow the link:

Making a bootable USB device for MX Linux: Create a USB Bootable Device

Initial Screen

At this screen simply highlight the entry starting "MX-19.4 x64" then press enter. You will now be taken to a live desktop whereby you can try MX Linux before installing.

MX Linux Boot Screen

Live Desktop

At this screen you can try MX Linux out before you install to your disk.

MX Linux Live Desktop

MX Installer

To install MX Linux, you will need to click on the icon on the desktop called "Installer". You also have the option of changing the keyboard configuration. To change your keyboard layout, click on the option "Change Keyboard Settings". A pop menu will now appear similar to the one displayed in the next step.

MX Installers

Changing Keyboard Settings

At this screen you can click on the "+" button located to the right of the menu. This will bring up a list of different keyboard settings to choose from. Select the Keyboard Layout that matches your requirements and then click apply. To move this keyboard setting to the top of the list, highlight the keyboard setting you added and use the arrow keys to move to the top. In this example, I have added the setting, "gb English (UK)". Now click "OK" to continue.

MX Linux Keyboard Settings

Partitioning your disk

From this screen you can manually partition your disks or go with the default option which is "Auto-install using entire disk". In this example, I have gone with the default setting. There is also an option to encrypt your disk. This is advisable if you are installing to a mobile device such as a Laptop or Notebook.

MX Linux Partitioning Disk

Confirm Partitioning

To continue with the installation, you will need to confirm that it is ok to format and use the entire disk. Click "Yes" to continue.

MX Linux Confirm write to disk

Installing GRUB

MX Linux uses the GRUB bootloader to boot MX Linux. By default GRUB2 (boot loader) is installed on the Master Boot Record (MBR). In most cases, this entry can be left to the default "MBR" setting. Click next to continue.

MX Linux MBR

Computer Network Name

The next screen allows you to configure a name for your computer (hostname). You may also enter a Computer domain and a workgroup name for use with Samba. You may choose which names best suit your environment. In this example, I have left the default names and clicked "next" to continue.

MX Linux Hostname

Configuring Time Zone and Locale

At this screen you must choose your locale settings and Time Zone settings. In the example, I have chosen "United Kingdom - British English" for my locale settings and "Europe" and "London" for my time zone settings. You may also specify whether you want your time displayed as a 12 hour format or in a 24 hour format.

MX Linux Time Zone settings


From this menu screen, you will need to create a user and set a password for the root account.

MX Linux Create Accounts


At this screen no further action is required. Progress of your installation is displayed at the top of the screen.

MX Linux Installing

Install Complete

Congratulations, your installation is nearly ready to use. When you click on "Finish" your system will automatically reboot. You may be asked to remove media and press enter to continue.

MX Linux Installation Complete

Loading Screen

At this screen, no further action is required. Your operating system will start shortly.

MX Linux Startup Screen

Login Screen

At this screen, enter the password your created earlier to access your system.

MX Linux Login Screen


Once your system has loaded, you will be taken to your desktop.

MX Linux Desktop