The rEFInd Boot Manager:
Getting rEFInd

by Roderick W. Smith,

Originally written: 3/14/2012; last Web page update: 3/6/2023, referencing rEFInd

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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.

Note: I consider rEFInd to be beta-quality software! I'm discovering bugs (old and new) and fixing them every few days. That said, rEFInd is a usable program in its current form on many systems. If you have problems, feel free to drop me a line.

Getting rEFInd from Sourceforge

You can find the rEFInd source code and binary packages at its SourceForge page. Note that rEFInd is OS-independent—it runs before the OS, so you can download the same binary package for any OS (although some OS-specific packages are also available, for ease of installation). You can obtain rEFInd in several different forms:

If you're using a platform other than x86, x86-64, or ARM64, you can give rEFInd a try; however, you'll need to build it from source code yourself or track down a binary from another source. (Perhaps by the time you read this it will be included in Linux distributions built for unusual CPUs.)

To extract the files from the zip file images I've provided, you'll need a tool such as unzip, which is included with Linux and Mac OS X. Numerous Windows utilities also support this format, such as PKZIP and 7-Zip. The source files come in tarball format, for which a tool such as the Unix/Linux tar utility is appropriate.

Getting rEFInd from Your OS's Repositories

I know of a small number of pre-packaged versions of rEFInd, either in official OS repositories or in ancillary repositories:

Please keep in mind that OS package repositories lag behind the official rEFInd releases. This time lag can be trivial or significant, depending on the distribution's update policy and release schedule. If you have a problem with rEFInd, please check the latest official release version and, if it's newer than what you've installed from a package repository, update it.

If you hear of rEFInd being included in another OS's official package set, feel free to drop me a line.

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