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titleHardware Requirements
  • Desktop or laptop with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • 8GB RAM minimum (16GB or more recommended)
  • For best performance, we recommend using an SSD (256GB or larger) when installing and running BitCurator on a dedicated machine.

You will need to use an existing machine to write the ISO to a bootable medium (4GB or larger USB drive, preferably USB 3.0 or better).

1. Creating a bootable USB drive (Windows and Mac)

2. Installing BitCurator

  • Once you have a bootable USB drive, power down the machine you wish to install BitCurator on, and plug the USB drive into a primary USB port (do not use a USB hub).

  • Power on the machine. On certain PCs, you may need to enter the BIOS to allow booting from USB drives. Consult the documentation for your particular machine.

BitCurator 1.6.22 (and prior versions)

  • Follow the instructions on-screen. The BitCurator installation process is identical to the Ubuntu installation process, with the exception that the default user (bcadmin) has already been created.

BitCurator 1.7.16 (and later versions)

  • Boot to the Live desktop, and then double-click on the Installer icon located on the desktop.


If your drive is appropriately partitioned, BitCurator can be installed alongside an existing Windows or Linux operating system. The installer will attempt to automatically identify whether an existing OS is present. Please consult the existing Ubuntu documentation regarding dual installs for additional detail.