|Developer(s)||Roderick W. Smith|
|Initial release||14 March 2012|
0.11.4 / 12 November 2018
|Operating system||TrueOS, Linux, macOS, Windows|
|Platform||x86, x86-64, AArch64|
|Size||~ 4 MiB|
|Type||UEFI boot manager|
Modified BSD License (original program), additional components released under various licenses
rEFInd is a refined boot menu and maintenance toolkit for UEFI-based machines like Windows 8+ PCs and Intel Macs. It can be used to boot multiple operating systems that are installed on a single non-volatile device. It also provides a way to enter and explore the EFI pre-boot environment using an interactive shell, for example shellx64_v2.efi .
The popular Manjaro installer "Architect" also adopted rEFInd by 2018.
GNUefi lends itself to writing binary efi-applications in C to launch right from the rEFInd GUI menu. Typical purposes of an EFI-application are fixing boot problems and programmatically modifying settings, which would otherwise be performed from within the firmware-BIOS of a personal computer (PC).
- Watson, J.A (January 29, 2013). "The rEFInd boot loader for UEFI Systems: A life (and sanity) saver". ZDnet. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- rEFIt - An EFI Boot Menu and Toolkit
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