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SystemRescue v10.00 (2023-03-19), default desktop (XFCE)
DeveloperFrançois Dupoux
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest release10.02 (x86_64); 9.06 (i686) / 16 September 2023; 5 months ago (2023-09-16) (x86_64); 18 December 2022; 14 months ago (2022-12-18) (i686)[1]
Available inEnglish and French
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface

SystemRescue (Previously known as "SystemRescueCD")[3] is a Linux distribution for x86-64 and IA-32 computers.[4] The primary purpose of SystemRescue is to repair unbootable or otherwise damaged computer systems after a system crash. SystemRescue 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 since version 6.0. Starting with version 6.0, it has systemd as its init system.


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

SystemRescue features include:

Burning DVDs and system backup

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


  1. ^ "SystemRescue - Download". Retrieved 28 October 2023.
  2. ^ "About SystemRescue". Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  3. ^ Smith, Jesse (28 May 2023). " SystemRescue". Atea Ataroa Limited. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  4. ^ "SystemRescue". DistroWatch. 17 January 2022.