How to Install

Installation Options

Tiny Core Linux does not require a hard drive to function. It runs from RAM by default. Xiaopan can run with a minimum of 64mb of RAM, although you should allocate much more than this unless you don’t have anymore. Boot into it like how you boot into Windows (easiest, fastest performance) and requires no VM software: See Here.

Parallels (Best VM software): Select ‘Other Linux Kernel 2.6’ when importing the iso. You can Download the Parallels Image 0.4.1 (.pvm) which should be faster and be able to save settings (download password: dishingtech). Tested and works on VMware, VirtualBox and Parallels Desktop. Works on Mac, should work just as good on Windows. v0.4.3 should be released within the next few weeks.

VMware (Alternative VM): Import the iso and Select the ‘Guest operating system’ as Linux. Use the appropriate Other-type version for the kernel used. Tiny Core Linux 3.x by default uses Linux kernel 32-bit so the appropriate choice is ‘Other 2.6x Linux (32-bit)’ Source: TCL Wiki

Virtualbox (Free) Some other similar option to the ones above

Xiaopan OS is community driven, without active users the project will cease to exist. Therefore developments and improvements are largely due to help from the users. Share this on Facebook, twitter and tell your friends! Signup to the forums to ask for help or share something you have learned.

11 comments on “How to Install
  1. what do i type to start


  2. Jason J says:

    I am trying to run Xiaopan 0.4.3 on latest version of VMWare and get the following error on all linux kernals and debian:
    (The following error displays over-and-over then eventually just stops)

    udevd[70]: failed to create queue file: No space left on device

    I successfully ran Beini 1.2.5 on same machine without errors.

    • Penguin says:

      That was an issue we got some support requests for. That error was mainly due to VMware 9. Not sure if the issue still occurs with an updated v9 or with Xiaopan 0.4.4 and 0.4.5

  3. Juancho says:

    Hola a todos…yo instale esta distro en un pendrive junto con Puppy528, con Xboot ya que con Yumi no pude, (me dejaba en modo texto), y los comandos startx, init, setup….no funcionaban, la solucion fue descomprimir la ISO y copiar sin la carpeta boot en la raiz del pendrive, y asi ana en modo grafico.
    Ahora estoy viendo si se puede instalar de modo persistente y cambiar el lenguaje, teclado etc.
    Si alguien la tiene clara bienvenidos los comentarios.
    Yo probe Beini, Wifislax, Wifiway, y dentro de todas esta es la mas automatizada, completa y amigable….

  4. Penguin says:

    You should not need to type anything. Something wrong must have happened during the install.

  5. Rin says:


    I have Linux Ubuntu. Is it possible to install and run Xiaopan on it?

  6. Bishek says:

    i installed Xiaopan in my usb using YUMI. the problem is that it directly goes to xiaopan for virtualization (with blue background). i cannot save the handshake file to my “/home/tc/” folder.

  7. Grzegorz Litwin says:

    Works great!

  8. ifvm_es says:

    la solucion aki, the solution here

    basicly is



  9. pierre says:

    how to mount HDD DRIVE? where is mount point for USB? I would like to customize

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