Install Zorin OS

Download Zorin OS

If you haven't already downloaded your copy of Zorin OS, you will need to get it from the Download page to proceed. It is recommended to download Zorin OS using the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox, without any third-party download managers in order to avoid file corruption.

We would recommend you to check the System Requirements to make sure you're installing the right edition of Zorin OS for your computer.

Back Up your Data

Make sure to back up your important data and files to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. Installing a new operating system might overwrite your data.

Verify your Download

It is an important, but optional step to verify that your copy of Zorin OS has been downloaded fully and correctly. By verifying that the checksum of your downloaded file matches the correct one, you can be sure that your copy of Zorin OS is not corrupted.

You will need an app called "QuickHash" to verify the checksum.

  1. Open the file browser to find the downloaded .zip file beginning with "QuickHash" in the Downloads folder.
  2. Extract the contents of this .zip file and open its folder.
  3. Double click on the appropriate executable file to open the app.
    • On Windows or Linux:
      Open the executable with "x64" in its name if your computer is 64 bit compatible.
      Otherwise, open the executable with "x86" in its name.
  4. Navigate to the "Files" tab and select the radio button titled "SHA256" in the "Hash Algorithm" pane on the left.
  5. Click "Select File" and navigate to your Downloads folder to select your copy of Zorin OS. The verification should begin automatically. Please note that this process may take a few minutes.
  6. Once complete, the checksum should appear in the box underneath the file name.

If the generated checksum matches the one for your download file of Zorin OS, you may proceed to the next step.

Zorin OS 12 Ultimate 64 bit (.iso) 7babeb234b2aef9ec1815747d85a971a3e4f277c2ad40bba249362d93f16a3fb
Zorin OS 12 Ultimate 32 bit (.iso) a170db993406164454c607f9f27e74f777d86a2f84de07ac9947e4c4d6678e47
Zorin OS 12 Core 64 bit (.iso) c4f72d33acc301ec4f7a295e24091bac90a06a5ac2ddb0eeaa0faca879171f34
Zorin OS 12 Core 32 bit (.iso) 255af25cd4653d603f769fcbf51ce7439543c6b4bb5ebe184f1a4162344b9bb5

If the generated checksum does not match the correct one above, your file has likely been corrupted during the download process. Please try downloading your copy of Zorin OS again.

Create an Install Drive

To create an install drive of Zorin OS, you will need a USB drive and an app called "Etcher".

  • Zorin OS 12 Core
    You will need a USB drive with a capacity of at least 2 GB.
  • Zorin OS 12 Ultimate
    You will need a USB drive with a capacity of at least 8 GB.
Download Etcher
  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer.
  2. Open Etcher and press "Select image" to your downloaded Zorin OS ".iso" file. Etcher
  3. Etcher should automatically select your USB drive, but make sure that it has selected the correct drive.
  4. Press "Flash!" to begin writing Zorin OS to the USB drive. Etcher press Flash!
  5. After a few minutes, the USB drive will be ready for booting into Zorin OS. Etcher flash complete

Boot from the Install Drive

In order to install Zorin OS, you must boot your computer from the USB install drive.

  1. Make sure that the written USB install drive is plugged into your computer.
  2. Switch the computer on.
    • On a PC:
      Immediately upon startup, press the indicated key repeatedly to open the Boot Menu. If you are unsure about which key to press, it is usually either Esc, F12 or another function key. From the Boot Menu, select the option with "USB" in its title to boot the install drive.
    • On a Mac:
      After you hear the startup chime, press and hold the Option key. Now, select the USB install drive as the boot drive. Sometimes the install drive might be incorrectly identified as "Windows", which is normal.
  3. After a moment, you should see the Zorin OS welcome screen. You may choose to start installing Zorin OS directly or try Zorin OS before starting the installation.

Install your New Copy of Zorin OS

Complete the installation of your new copy of Zorin OS.

  1. Connect to the Internet (if possible) in order to make sure all necessary software is downloaded during the installation process.
  2. Double click on the desktop icon titled "Install Zorin OS" and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. You should reach a step titled "Installation type".
    • If you want to keep your current operating system installed alongside Zorin OS:
      Select the "Install Zorin alongside [your other operating system]" option and press "Next" to choose how much space to allocate to Zorin OS.
    • If you only want to have Zorin OS installed on your computer:
      Select the "Erase disk and install Zorin" option and press "Install Now".
  4. Continue following the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.