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Use Haiku

(Here you will find all you need to know to setup and use Haiku)

Try Haiku

You can try Haiku on real hardware using the [Install/Live CD][] (or an USB Stick, more info in the Installation Guide. Or you can try it through virtualization using QEMU, VirtualBox or VMware, have a look at the Haiku in a Virtual Machine page.

[Install/Live CD]:

Install Haiku

Have a look at the Installation Guide If you prefer using a USB flash drive instead of a CD, see the USB Stick instructions.

Use and Configure Haiku

You successfully installed Haiku and would like to know more about using this wonderful system, the Haiku User Guide is what you’re looking for!

Install more Software

A proper package manager is in the works…

Some software is maintained as part of the build system (called Optional Packages) but not necessarily included in your build. They are not software distributions but a system to integrate external software at build time. It is not intended for end users to manually extract and install them. Instead, a utility script is provided, installoptionalpackage. This script is meant to bridge the gap while Haiku’s package management is still under construction. It will allow you to install most of the available Optional Packages. You’ll have to run a command in Terminal: installoptionalpackage -h explains its usage.

Some third party software sites. Note that some of them still list incompatible BeOS R5 (or older) software. (author note: to help the newcomer, we might want to separate ‘dedicated’ haiku resources and ‘mixed legacy beos/zeta/haiku’ sites. We might explain that in the Haiku World section, there’s the new world, and the old world… We should emphasize on the former.)

Haikuware, software for Haiku.
BeBits, the old BeOS software site., hosting service dedicated to open source projects for Haiku. See their list of external projects too.
HaikuPorts a centralized collection of software ported to the Haiku platform.

Advanced Use

(advanced install methods, special setups)

Get Haiku Booted (todo bring it up to date)

(author note: reorg, tokill 1)

FAQ and Tips

General FAQ (note: the general FAQ is not really suited for a Usage FAQ)

[The Haiku/BeOS Tip Server][], a site that was once one of the main repositories for practical problem solving for BeOS users. It was created and managed by Scot Hacker, author of The BeOS Bible. And brought back to life recently.

[The Haiku/BeOS Tip Server]:


If you didn’t find an answer to your questions, you’re welcome to ask on the general mailing list or the main IRC channel. (todo: links)

Reporting Bugs

Haiku development tracker is the website for identifying and reporting bugs and other development issues. It contains some useful documentation, such as the etiquette to observe, which information to include in bug reports and how to collect it, how to prepare and submit patches. For a complete listing of all development-wiki pages, see the title index.