BG-Rescue Linux

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Version: 7.0.0   -   Released: 2019/08/05   -   Take a look at the Changelog

For other releases please take a look at our Release Page.

BG-Rescue Linux is a very small Linux distribution (download-size < 15MB) which is intended mainly for rescue purposes.

The system runs entirely in ram and can be booted either from USB-stick or CD-ROM. Besides i386 it also includes a 64bit Linux kernel generating the possibility to chroot into a 64bit (amd64) userspace environment. The system can serve as a full rescue / backup / restore system for Linux or Windows based computers or to facilitate the installation of a recent Debian oder Ubuntu Linux via debootstrap.

All the relevant major filesystems and many network cards are supported as well as mounting samba (cifs) and nfs shares over network. A wide range of disk- and filesystem utilities as well as strong compression tools are integrated, including a 64bit version of lrzip. A graphical frontend (ytree) is also included.


You need at least a 586 machine with 64 mb ram to run BG-Rescue Linux.
If running a 64bit (amd64) system booting a 64bit SMP kernel is supported.
To use the optional VESA graphic modes You need a VESA 2.0 compilant VGA card.

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The system is a BusyBox and musl libc based rescue system with Linux kernel 5.2.
The user can choose between 32 different (including swiss) keyboard layouts.
If an executable script "bgrescue.rc" or "bgrescue/bgrescue.rc" on the usb-stick or cdrom exists it is executed at bootup.
If using the 64bit kernel an optimized 64bit version of lrzip is available.
USB-stick images will expand to the full size of the USB-stick on the first usage.
The system includes debootstrap with a custom script to facilitate the installation of a recent Debian Linux.

Supported Hardware:

Included Software:

Supported Filesystems: exfat, ext4 (with ext2 / ext3), hfs, hfs+, iso9660, ntfs-3g (ntfs), tmpfs, udf, vfat (msdos)

Network filesystems: cifs (samba / smbfs), nfs

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BG-Rescue Linux images (download-size: ~ 12.0 - 13.0 MB):
bgrescue-7.0.0.iso.xzBG-Rescue Linux bootable image for USB-Stick or CDROM (smallest download)
bgrescue-7.0.0.iso.gzBG-Rescue Linux bootable image for USB-Stick or CDROM
bgrescue-7.0.0.iso.zipBG-Rescue Linux bootable image for USB-Stick or CDROM
Additional downloads:
bgrescue-7.0.0-src.zipBG-Rescue Linux Source-Archive (Customisation / Sources)
Win32 Disk ImagerTOOL for writing images to USB sticks or SD/CF cards - runs under Windows
sha1sums.txtSHA-1-SUMs for download...

Download problems: "RIGHTCLICK" and "Save link as..."

For direct linking (of the current version) please use:

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Installation on a USB-Stick (or SD-Card)

Please replace X.Y.Z with the current version number (eg: 7.0.0)...

You can use BG-Rescue Linux to boot from a USB-Stick or a SD-Card if your system supports it. During the installation process ALL DATA on the USB-stick will be erased.