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2 Installation

GNU Guix is available for download from its website at This section describes the software requirements of Guix, as well as how to install it and get ready to use it.

Note that this section is concerned with the installation of the package manager, which can be done on top of a running GNU/Linux system. If, instead, you want to install the complete GNU operating system, see System Installation.

When installed on a running GNU/Linux system—thereafter called a foreign distro—GNU Guix complements the available tools without interference. Its data lives exclusively in two directories, usually /gnu/store and /var/guix; other files on your system, such as /etc, are left untouched.