Clear Linux* OS image types

Clear Linux* OS offers many types of images for different platforms and environments.

The naming convention of a Clear Linux OS image filename is:

clear-[version number]-[image type].[compression type]
  • The [version number] field specifies the version number.
  • The [image type] field specifies the type of image and its corresponding file format.
  • The [compression type] field specifies the compression type. Two types of compression methods are used: GNU* zip (.gz) and XZ (.xz).

Table 1 lists the currently available images that are platform independent. Table 2 lists the currently available images that are platform specific.

Table 1: Types of platform-independent Clear Linux OS images
Image Type Description
live-desktop.img or live-desktop.iso Image for booting to GNOME* desktop to preview or install the OS.
live-server.img or live-server.iso Image for booting to server command prompt to preview or install the OS.
Table 2: Types of platform-specific Clear Linux OS images
Image Type Description
aws.img Image suitable for use with Amazon* AWS*.
azure.vhd Virtual Hard Disk for use on Microsoft* Azure* cloud platform.
azure-docker.vhd Virtual Hard Disk for use on Microsoft Azure cloud platform with Docker* pre-installed.
azure-machine-learning.vhd Virtual Hard Disk for use on Microsoft Azure cloud platform with the machine-learning-basic bundle installed.
cloudguest.img Image with generic cloud guest virtual machine (VM) requirements installed.
gce.tar Image with the Google Compute Engine (GCE) specific kernel.
hyperv.vhdx Virtual Hard Disk for use with Microsoft Hyper-V* hypervisor. Includes optimized kernel for Hyper-V.
kvm.img Image for booting in a simple VM with start_qemu.sh. Includes optimized kernel for KVM.
kvm-legacy.img Image for booting in a simple VM using legacy BIOS, if using start_qemu.sh make sure to remove -bios parameter.
pxe.tar Image suitable for use with PXE server.
vmware.vmdk Virtual Machine Disk for VMware* platforms including Player, Workstation, and ESXi.