The rEFInd Boot Manager:
rEFInd Features

by Roderick W. Smith, rodsmith@rodsbooks.com

Originally written: 3/14/2012; last Web page update: 4/10/2022, referencing rEFInd 0.13.3

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This page is part of the documentation for the rEFInd boot manager. If a Web search has brought you here, you may want to start at the main page.


rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager. As such, it has many features in common with rEFIt; however, rEFInd expands on rEFIt's capabilities. In particular, rEFInd makes it practical to directly launch Linux kernels; adds video resolution options; adds support for Secure Boot; provides features to launch BIOS/CSM/legacy-mode OSes on UEFI-based PCs (which rEFIt can do only on Macs); can be installed and used on newer versions of macOS (but the macOS installer is more primitive than the one provided with rEFIt); can install to a hard disk from a boot of rEFInd from a removable disk; and more.

In broad outline, rEFInd's features include the following:

If these features sound useful, then read on and try rEFInd. If not, you may need to look elsewhere. My Managing EFI Boot Loaders for Linux page may be useful to you in this case.


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