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Bootloader Downloads

These iPXE disks will automatically load into boot.netboot.xyz:

Type Bootloader Description
ISO netboot.xyz.iso Used for CD/DVD, Virtual CDs like DRAC/iLO, VMware, Virtual Box
USB netboot.xyz.usb Used for creation of USB Keys
Kernel netboot.xyz.lkrn Used for booting from GRUB/EXTLINUX
DHCP netboot.xyz.kpxe DHCP boot image file, uses built-in iPXE NIC drivers
DHCP-undionly netboot.xyz-undionly.kpxe DHCP boot image file, use if you have NIC issues

SHA256 checksums are generated during each build of iPXE and are located here. You can also view the scripts that are embedded into the images here.

What is netboot.xyz?

netboot.xyz is a way to select various operating system installers or utilities from one place within the BIOS without the need of having to go retrieve the media to run the tool. iPXE is used to provide a user friendly menu from within the BIOS that lets you easily choose the operating system you want along with any specific types of versions or bootable flags.

You can remote attach the ISO to servers, set it up as a rescue option in Grub, or even set up your home network to boot to it by default so that it's always available.

Getting started

Download the bootloader of your choice from the links above and add it to your favorite virtualization tool to start testing out netboot.xyz. These are precompiled versions of the latest version of iPXE that will chainload you to https://boot.netboot.xyz. There are two versions of each, one if you have DHCP on your network, and one if you have to set a static IP before connecting outside of your network.

If you already have iPXE up and running on the network, you can hit netboot.xyz at anytime by typing:

chain --autofree https://boot.netboot.xyz

You'll need to make sure to have DOWNLOAD_PROTO_HTTPS enabled when compiling iPXE.

Operating Systems

What Operating Systems are currently available on netboot.xyz?

Hypervisors

Utilities

Source Code

The source code for netboot.xyz is located here.

Contributing

New version of an operating system out? Found one that network boots well with iPXE? Pull requests are welcomed and encouraged and helps me out a ton! Feel free to issue a pull request for new versions or tools that you might find useful. Once merged into master, Travis CI will regenerate new versions of iPXE from upstream and deploy the latest changes to netboot.xyz.

Testing New Branches

Under the Utilities menu on netboot.xyz, there's an option for "Test netboot.xyz branch". If you've forked the code and have developed a new feature branch, you can use this option to chainload into that branch to test and validate the code. All you need to do is specify your github user name and the name of your branch or abbreviated hash of the commit.

Feedback

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