This guide describes the types of Clear Linux* OS images available, where to download them, how to verify the integrity of an image, and how to decompress it.
Instructions for other operating systems are available:
- Download, verify, and decompress a Clear Linux* OS image on Linux
- Download, verify, and decompress a Clear Linux* OS image on macOS*
Clear Linux* OS offers many types of images for different platforms and environments.
The naming convention of a Clear Linux OS image filename is:
clear-[version number]-[image type].[compression type]
- The [version number] field specifies the version number.
- The [image type] field specifies the type of image and its corresponding file format.
- The [compression type] field specifies the compression type. Two types of compressions are used: GNU* zip (.gz) and XZ (.xz).
Table 1 lists the currently available images that are platform independent. Table 2 lists the currently available images that are platform specific.
|live-desktop.img or live-desktop.iso||Image for booting to GNOME* desktop to preview or install the OS.|
|live-server.img or live-server.iso||Image for booting to server command prompt to preview or install the OS.|
|aws.img||Image suitable for use with Amazon* AWS*.|
|azure.vhd||Virtual Hard Disk for use on Microsoft* Azure* cloud platform.|
|azure-docker.vhd||Virtual Hard Disk for use on Microsoft Azure cloud platform with Docker* pre-installed.|
|azure-machine-learning.vhd||Virtual Hard Disk for use on Microsoft Azure cloud platform with the machine-learning-basic bundle installed.|
|cloudguest.img||Image with generic cloud guest virtual machine (VM) requirements installed.|
|gce.tar||Image with the Google Compute Engine (GCE) specific kernel.|
|hyperv.vhdx||Virtual Hard Disk for use with Microsoft Hyper-V* hypervisor. Includes optimized kernel for Hyper-V.|
|kvm.img||Image for booting in a simple VM with start_qemu.sh. Includes optimized kernel for KVM.|
|kvm-legacy.img||Image for booting in a simple VM using legacy BIOS, if using start_qemu.sh make sure to remove -bios parameter.|
|pxe.tar||Image suitable for use with PXE server.|
|vmware.vmdk||Virtual Machine Disk for VMware* platforms inclduing Player, Workstation, and ESXi.|
Verify the integrity of the Clear Linux OS image
Before you use a downloaded Clear Linux OS image, verify its integrity. This action eliminates the small chance of a corrupted image due to download issues. To support verification, each released Clear Linux OS image has a corresponding SHA512 checksum file designated with the suffix -SHA512SUMS.
Download the corresponding SHA512 checksum file of your Clear Linux OS image.
Start Command Prompt.
Go to the directory with the downloaded image and checksum files.
Get the SHA512 checksum of the image with the command:
CertUtil -hashfile ./clear-[version number]-[image type].[compression type] sha512
Manually compare the output with the original checksum value shown in the downloaded checksum file and make sure they match.
Decompress the Clear Linux OS image
Released Clear Linux OS images are compressed with either GNU zip (.gz) or XZ (.xz). The compression type depends on the target platform or environment. To decompress the image, follow these steps:
Download and install 7-Zip.
Go to the directory with the downloaded image and right-click it.
From the pop-up menu, select 7-Zip and select Extract Here as shown in Figure 1.