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Downloading Athena OS

Getting Athena OS ISO Image

Athena OS can be installed by an ISO file downloaded from the official website and currently available for x86_64 architectures. A single ISO allows you to install Athena Arch (Arch-based) or Athena Nix (NixOS-based). Athena Nix can potentially work also on different architectures.

Are you not sure about your architecture?

  • If you are on a Linux or macOS, run:
    Terminal window
    uname -m
  • If you are on a Windows, follow the procedure described on Microsoft documentation.

Integrity and Authenticity

To be sure that the downloaded ISO is the Athena OS original one, and not a tampered version, you can check the integrity and the authenticity of the ISO file to guarantee that the system is trustworthy.

The integrity of a file is generally guaranteed by using hash functions (i.e., MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512). A hash function is any function that can be used to map data of arbitrary size to fixed-size values. Usually, it is highly probable that for each file is associated a unique hash value, unless of collision events. It means that, if the file content changes, also the hash value will accordingly change.

Similarly, each Athena OS Image is associated to a unique hash value that is published on Athena website.

In addition of the integrity, it is possible to check also the authenticity of the ISO file. Athena OS ISO file is digitally signed by the maintainers, so, it proves you that the ISO has been actually created by Athena OS developers.

Verify ISO Image Integrity

To verify the integrity of the ISO file, download it and:

  • if you are on Linux or macOS, run the following command (by replacing athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso with the actual ISO filename):
    Terminal window
    shasum -a 256 athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso
  • if you are on Windows, run the following command (by replacing athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso with the actual ISO filename):
    Terminal window
    certutil -hashfile athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso sha256

and check if the output is equal to the SHA-256 hash value shown on the official website.

Assuming that the official website has not been tampered, if the values are equal, the ISO image is current and trusted.

Verify ISO Image Authenticity

To verify the authenticity of the ISO file to be sure that the actual one has been released by the official Athena OS development team:

  1. Import the GPG key for verifying the authenticity:

    Terminal window
    gpg --keyserver hkps:// --recv-key A3F78B994C2171D5

    and you should get the following output:

    gpg: key A3F78B994C2171D5: "Antonio Voza <>" imported
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg: imported: 1 (RSA: 1)
  2. Download the ISO file and its .sig signature file and run the following commmand (by replacing athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso with the actual ISO filename):

    Terminal window
    gpg --verify athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso.sig athena-<file-version>-<arch>.iso

    If you get a Good signature output, the ISO file is genuine:

    gpg: Signature made Tue 11 Jul 2023 07:38:02 PM CEST
    gpg: using RSA key 5A34EB551197A065F8A401AFA3F78B994C2171D5
    gpg: Good signature from "Antonio Voza <>" [unknown]
    gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature!
    gpg: There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner.
    Primary key fingerprint: 5A34 EB55 1197 A065 F8A4 01AF A3F7 8B99 4C21 71D5

Once you’ve verified your image, you can proceed to install Athena OS.