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SystemRescueCD v4.1 (2014-04), default desktop (XFCE) with default web browser (Midori)
DeveloperFrançois Dupoux
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest release6.0.4 / 14 April 2019; 3 months ago (2019-04-14)
Available inEnglish and French
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceXFCE

SystemRescueCd is a Linux distribution for the x86 64 and previously x86 computers. The primary purpose of SystemRescueCD is to repair un-bootable or otherwise damaged computer systems after a system crash. SystemRescueCd is not intended to be used as a permanent operating system. It runs from a Live CD, a USB flash drive or any type of hard drive. It was designed by a team led by François Dupoux, and is based on Arch Linux.

Starting with version 6.0, it provides only x86-64 images, based on Arch Linux with systemd as its init system, which increased size of the iso image and no longer fits on one standard 700 MiB CD, requires either one DVD, or the non-standard high-capacity CD, a 100-min writable CD using a technique called overburning, or other bootable media like USB flash drive.


SystemRescueCd is capable of graphics using the Linux framebuffer option for tools such as GParted. It uses version 4.19.20 of the Linux kernel and has options such as connecting to the Internet through an ADSL modem or Ethernet and graphical web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox.


SystemRescueCd has many features, including:

Burning DVDs and system backup[edit]

The CD can also boot from a customized DVD which has almost 4.6 GB of free space for backed-up files. This makes it good for storing all the information that is needed from a hard drive and then formatting it. To burn the DVD, one must burn the image file first and then add all the separate files and folders. This should not affect the general way in which the DVD works. The DVD can then be used to insert those files into the hard drive using Midnight Commander.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SystemRescueCd Homepage". Retrieved 26 October 2017.

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