Install Zorin OS

A simple step-by-step guide to help you install Zorin OS alongside your existing operating system, or instead of it.

You will need…


A computer capable of running Zorin OS. View system requirements

USB flash drive

A USB flash drive with enough capacity for your Zorin OS copy:


An external hard drive or cloud storage for backup. (optional)

Download Zorin OS.

If you haven't already downloaded your copy of Zorin OS, you will need to get it from the Download page to proceed.

It's recommended to download Zorin OS using the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome without any third-party download managers. This helps avoid corrupting the file.

Please keep the downloaded Zorin OS ".iso" file on your computer when following the next steps.

Back up your data.

We would recommend you to back up your important data and files to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. Installing a new operating system might overwrite your data.

Create an Install Drive.

To create an Install Drive of Zorin OS, you will need to flash the Zorin OS ".iso" file from your computer to your USB flash drive using an app called balenaEtcher.

Download balenaEtcher

Creating the Install Drive will erase all contents on the USB flash drive. We would recommend you to use an empty USB flash drive or back up the contents of your USB flash drive before following the steps below.

  1. Insert the USB flash drive into your computer.
  2. Double-click on the balenaEtcher download file to run the app.
    • On Linux. If you downloaded the ".zip" file for balenaEtcher, you may need to right-click on the .zip file and select "Extract Here". Afterwards, please open the newly-extracted folder and double-click on the balenaEtcher ".AppImage" file to run the app.
  3. Press "Flash from file" to select the downloaded Zorin OS ".iso" file on your computer. The file should normally be in your "Downloads" folder. balenaEtcher
  4. Press "Select target" and choose the correct USB flash drive from the list. balenaEtcher USB flash drive list
  5. Press "Flash!" to begin writing Zorin OS to the USB flash drive. balenaEtcher press Flash!
  6. After a few minutes, the USB flash drive will be ready for booting into Zorin OS.

Boot from the Install Drive.

In order to install Zorin OS, you must boot your computer from the USB Install Drive.

  1. Make sure that the written USB Install Drive is plugged into your computer.
  2. Switch the computer on.
    • On a PC. Immediately upon startup, press the indicated key repeatedly to open the Boot Device Menu. If you are unsure which key to press, it is usually either Esc, Delete, F12, or another function key. From the Boot Device Menu, select the option with "USB" in its title to boot from the Install Drive.
    • On a Mac. Immediately upon startup, press and hold the Option key. Now, select the USB Install Drive as the boot drive. Sometimes the Install Drive might be incorrectly identified as "Windows", which is normal.
  3. Select the "Try or Install Zorin OS" option from the Zorin OS welcome menu. Welcome menu
    • If you have a modern NVIDIA graphics card. You can select the "Try or Install Zorin OS (modern NVIDIA drivers)" in order to boot and install with the official NVIDIA proprietary graphics drivers.
      Note: The NVIDIA version 470 proprietary drivers are used.
  4. While booting, Zorin OS will check the USB Install Drive to ensure there aren't any defects on the filesystem. We would recommend you to not skip this check the first time you use the USB Install Drive. This helps prevent issues while installing Zorin OS to your computer.

Install your New Copy of Zorin OS.

Complete the installation of your new copy of Zorin OS.

  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to start the installation. Installer
  2. When prompted, please connect to the Internet (if possible) in order to make sure all necessary software is downloaded during the installation process.
  3. You should reach a step titled "Installation type".
    • If you want to keep your current operating system installed alongside Zorin OS. Select the "Install Zorin alongside [your other operating system] " option and press "Next" to choose how much space to allocate to Zorin OS.
    • If you only want to have Zorin OS installed on your computer. Select the "Erase disk and install Zorin" option and press "Install Now".
  4. Continue following the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

If you're unable to re-format your USB flash drive (in order to store other files) after flashing the Zorin OS ".iso" file to it, please follow these instructions

We hope you'll enjoy using Zorin OS!