Devuan GNU+Linux is a free software operating system for your computer. Free software means you are free to use, copy and distribute, study, change the software, and share your modifications with the community.


Devuan package repositories are exclusive. Other repositories, including Debian, Ubuntu, Mint etc, should NOT be used directly.

Devuan recommends using the codename (jessie, ascii, beowulf, ceres) rather than the suite (oldstable, stable, testing, unstable) in /etc/apt/sources.list entries. Please go to Devuan Release Information for more details.

Devuan has a network of package repository mirrors in place. The mirror network is accessible using the FQDN “” via http not https. County Codes (CC) are currently deprecated in Devuan.

IMPORTANT NOTE: auto.mirror is also now deprecated and will eventually be decomissioned. Please make sure you have the latest devuan-keyring package with apt-get install devuan-keyring and then point your /etc/apt/sources.list to

Devuan 2.1 ASCII (stable)

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb ascii main
deb-src ascii main

Devuan 1.0.0 Jessie (oldstable)

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb jessie main
deb-src jessie main

Additional repositories

Add security updates (default: yes)

security updates are strongly recommended as they provide fixes to identified vulnerabilities. Security updates automatically enter the stable release as they appear. You should activate this repository if your system can connect to the internet.

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb <release codename>-security main
deb-src <release codename>-security main

Add stable updates for fast release packages (default: no)

updates integrate urgent changes from upstream. Packages in updates will be part of the next stable point release, but are safe to upgrade right away. If you’re using an antivirus and other similar packages that require up-to-date information, you should activate this repository.

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb <release codename>-updates main
deb-src <release codename>-updates main

Add stable proposed updates (default: no)

proposed are packages that will become part of the next stable point release but are not fully tested yet. It is usually safe to use them, but we recommend not using them on production systems.

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb <release codename>-proposed main
deb-src <release codename>-proposed main

Add backports (default: no)

backports provide newer versions of packages already in the testing suite, but linked to stable dependencies. This is useful if you prefer using newer software versions over well-tested stable versions. It is advised to disable backports and only enable to install specific packages.

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb <release codename>-backports main
deb-src <release codename>-backports main 

Add experimental (default: no)

experimental is for testing very new software. Use at your own risk.

# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb experimental main
deb-src experimental main

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