There are several other ways to get Ubuntu including torrents, which can potentially mean a quicker download, our network installer for older systems and special configurations and links to our regional mirrors for our older (and newer) releases. If you don’t specifically require any of these installers, we recommend using our standard downloads.
The network installer lets you install Ubuntu over a network. It includes the minimal set of packages needed to start and the rest of the packages are downloaded over the network. Since only current packages are downloaded, there is no need to upgrade packages immediately after installation.
The network installer is ideal if you have a computer that cannot run the graphical installer, for example, because it does not meet the minimum requirements for the live CD/DVD, or because the computer requires extra configuration before a graphical desktop can be used. The network installer is also useful if you want to install Ubuntu on a large number of computers at once.
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer download network that sometimes enables higher download speeds and more reliable downloads of large files. You need a BitTorrent client on your computer to enable this download method.
Alternative Ubuntu Server installer
If you want to reuse your existing partitions, you will need to use the alternate installer.
Other images and mirrors
For the full list of available Ubuntu images, we recommend you select a mirror local to you.
Past releases and other flavours
Looking for an older release of Ubuntu? Whether you need an obsolete release or a previous LTS point release with its original stack, you can find them in past releases.