About Puppy Linux

Puppy Linux is a unique family of Linux distributions meant for the home-user computers. It was originally created by Barry Kauler in 2003.

Puppy Linux advantage

  1. Ready to use → all tools for common daily computing usage already included.
  2. Ease of use → lots of included help & hints
  3. Relatively small size → typically 500 MB or less.
  4. Fast and versatile.
  5. Customisable within minutes → can be made permanent with remasters.
  6. Different flavours → optimised to support older & newer computers.
  7. Variety → hundreds of derivatives (“puplets”), one of which will surely meet your needs.

If one of these things interest you, read on.

Yes, but what does it look and feel like?

Just a fairly typical example - each Pup has its own look and feel…..

Screenshot of S15Pup64-22.12

First thing first

Puppy Linux is not a single Linux distribution like Debian. Puppy Linux is also not a Linux distribution with multiple flavours, like Ubuntu (with its variants of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc) though it also comes in flavours.

Puppy Linux is a collection of multiple Linux distributions, built on the same shared principles, built using the same set of tools, built on top of a unique set of puppy specific applications and configurations and generally speaking provide consistent behaviours and features, no matter which flavours you choose.

There are generally three broad categories of Puppy Linux distributions:

Why not try it? Download now! (Official distributions)

Get the ISO, burn it to a CD/DVD using your favorite CD/DVD burner, or flash it using dd (Windows version) to your USB flash drive, or visit our download page for more comprehensive information. Official Pup build recipes are kept at Woof-CE on GITHUB.

Compatibility * Architecture Latest Version Download link
Ubuntu Focal 64 x86_64 64-bit FossaPup64 9.5 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Raspbian Buster armhf 32-bit Raspup 8.2.1 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Ubuntu Bionic x86 32-bit BionicPup32 8.0 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Ubuntu Bionic 64 x86_64 64-bit BionicPup64 8.0 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Ubuntu Xenial x86 32-bit XenialPup 7.5 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Ubuntu Xenial 64 x86_64 64-bit XenialPup64 7.5 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Slackware 15.0 x86 32-bit S15Pup32 22.12 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Slackware64 15.0 x86_64 64-bit S15Pup64 22.12 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Slackware 14.2 x86 32-bit Slacko Puppy 7.0 Main - Mirror - Checksum
Slackware64 14.2 x86_64 64-bit Slacko64 Puppy 7.0 Main - Mirror - Checksum

* Compatibility: A Puppylinux distribution can also be built and assembled using packages and components from another Linux distribution called in Puppy the “binary compatible” distribution. The choice of a binary compatible distribution determines the availability of additional packages, among other things.

Download Sites

All the “official” Puppies since version 2 are hosted at Ibiblio.

Ibiblio also hosts the puppy specific packages (pet) used to build puppies as well as squashfs files (sfs) with kernels, kernel sources, large applications and application frameworks.

The Ibiblio puppylinux directory is mirrored by several sites world-wide.

The NLUUG and the UoC mirrors in Europe and the AARNET and the Internode mirrors in Australia are known to update regularly and are usually faster than Ibiblio.

Mirrors may take up to a day to incorporate changes in Ibiblio.


It has been said that the best experience of Puppy Linux is not from the software itself, but from the community that gathers around it. Whatever you have in mind - praises, curses, questions, suggestions, or just plain chit-chat, we welcome you to join us at Puppy Linux Discussion Forum or just check the discussions for the latest puppylinux woof builds.

I need more info before deciding to try …

  1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  2. Puppy Linux history
  3. Puppy Linux family tree
  4. Puppy Linux Team
  5. Puppy Linux Build System (Woof-CE)
  6. Screenshots!

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