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How to obtain Partimage

To obtain the last version of Partition Image, you can visit the download page. You can download sources in tar.bz2 format, or in binary formats. If you don’t want to install Partimage, you can download and burn SystemRescueCd. It is a livecd that allows to use Partimage immediately even if your computer has no operating system installed (useful to restore an image). This page explain how to install Partiamge from sources.


Many libraries are required to compile/run Partition Image:

  • libz gzip compression support
  • libbz2 bzip2 compression support
  • liblzo lzo compression support
  • libnewt GUI (Graphical User Interface)
  • libslang Required for newt
  • libssl OpenSSL: encryption of data over the network
  • libcrypt support for password

You can go on the download section of the home-page of Partition Image to find more details about these libraries: where to download them, and how to compile them.

Warning: If you want to compile partimage as a shared program, you need to have all the shared version of these libraries installed on your system. If you want to compile partimage as a static program, you need to have all the static version of these libraries installed on your system.

Compilation and installation

Different versions of Partition Image

There are 3 versions of Partition Image you can use: The source code you have to compile it, and it may be difficult, because it require many libraries The static binary this is very easy to use: this is an i386 executable binary, you just have to run it. The boot/root disks if you don’t have an installed linux system, or if you want to work on your root linux partition The bootable eltorito cdrom you can run partimage from a bootable cdrom, where the image files are burned

All these versions can be downloaded from the web site. Here, we will explain how to compile the source code:

Compiling Partition Image sources

In order to compile and install PartImage on your system, type the following in the base directory of the PartImage distribution:

make install

After this, if you enabled SSL, you can install the needed certificate with

make certificates

Since PartImage uses autoconf you should have not trouble compiling it. Should you run into problems please ask questions in the Forums