Original author(s)Teo Mrnjavac[1]
Developer(s)The Calamares team, Blue Systems, various distro developers
Initial releaseJanuary 31, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-01-31)[2]
Stable release
3.2.61[3] / 25 August 2022
Written inC++ and Python
Operating systemLinux
Available in61 languages[4]
TypeSystem installer
LicenseMultiple (Free software)

Calamares is a free and open-source independent and distro-agnostic system installer for Linux distributions.


Calamares is used by CachyOS, Garuda Linux, Manjaro, Netrunner, KaOS, KDE neon, Lubuntu, Sabayon Linux, Chakra, EndeavourOS, Peppermint OS, Artix Linux, OpenMandriva Lx , Q4OS, the Live medium of Debian,[5][6] and several less known Linux distributions.[7] It also has been used to automate the installation of command line distributions and to make custom distros.

Development was started in 2014 by Manjaro community member Teo Mrnjavac “with support from Blue Systems[8][9] and then picked up by KaOS.[10]

The Calamares installer is in place of Ubiquit which works along with Ubuntu.[11] With using Calamares, the company will not be issuing any new ISO images with the software.[12]

Calamares is currently maintained by the Calamares team, most of which are KDE Developers and has no exclusive association with any Linux distribution. Calamares is not a KDE, KaOS or Manjaro project.[13]


Calamares is very configurable using a mix of code modules and built in tools. Distro developers can add their own branding and configuration to Calamares. However, some distro makers opt to leave the installer to its default look feel and options.

See also


  1. ^ "Installer-Framework Calamares im Überblick" (in German).
  2. ^ "Calamares 1.0 Distribution-Independent Installer Framework Released". Phoronix.
  3. ^ ""Calamares 3.2.61 released"". GitHub.
  4. ^ "The calamares translation project". Transifex.
  5. ^ "Debian's NEW installer". Average Linux User. August 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Jonathan Carter. "Calamares Plans for Debian 11".
  7. ^ Nestor, Marius (27 February 2018). "Calamares 3.2 Linux Installer Will Integrate a Module for the KDE Plasma Desktop". softpedia.
  8. ^ "Manjaro Works To Make Calamares A Distribution-Independent Installer". Phoronix.
  9. ^ "Calamares 1.0". Calamares – The universal installer framework. 31 January 2015.
  10. ^ Watson, J. A. "Hands-on with Ubiquity and Calamares: Two Linux installers side-by-side". ZDNet.
  11. ^ "Lubuntu 22.04 LTS Releases with Calamares Installer, LXQt 0.17.0, & Featherpad 1.0.1". It's FOSS News. 2022-04-22. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  12. ^ "Arch Linux vs. Ubuntu: Which Should You Use?". How-To Geek. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  13. ^ "About". Calamares. Retrieved 2023-01-13.