What should I download?
This page aims to address common questions for new users.
amd64 is for a desktop or laptop computer built around 2005 and later. While the name may suggest otherwise, this supports both AMD and Intel processors capable of 64-bit instructions, BIOS and UEFI motherboards as well as PC/Mac computers.
i386 has been discontinued and will no longer receive updates after April 2021. This one runs on any 32-bit PC or Intel Mac.
armhf is for the Raspberry Pi and other compatible microcomputers. This one is 32-bit, but is recommended.
arm64 is the 64-bit version ideal for users that intend to run complex applications that will benefit from a 64-bit instruction set.
- powerpc is for non-Intel Macs before 2006 and compatible IBM PowerPC machines. New downloads for these are no longer available.
Ubuntu MATE Exclusive
If you have an ultra mobile PC (UMPC), like certain GPD branded models or a Topjoy Falcon, we have builds designed specifically for that hardware.
More details can be found on our UMPC page.
Choose an LTS (Long Term Release) if you prefer stability. These are supported for 3 years with a new upgrade available every 2 years.
Choose a non-LTS (interim) release if you like the latest features. These are released more frequently (every 6 months) but are only supported for 9 months.
Both releases equally receive security updates provided by the Ubuntu team. You may upgrade from an LTS to a non-LTS releases by changing your preferences in the Software & Updates application.
Which download method?
Instead of downloading from one source, BitTorrent retrieves and verifies the file from many computers. This can help save bandwidth costs for the host, be paused/resumed and in many cases achieve faster download speeds.
If you already have a BitTorrent client installed, a magnet link will open it automatically.
This is your standard download straight from the server to your browser (over HTTP/S). It is recommended to verify the download using the provided checksum afterwards to be sure it was downloaded in one piece.
Can I order a disc or USB drive?
Unfortunately, we do not have any suppliers to provide this service.