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  1. Download latest nixos-unstable image from

  2. Make a bootable usb. For example:

    # Obviously run `lsblk -f` first to get the correct 'of' path to your usb.
    # NOTE: Not using the correct 'of' path could erase your hard drive so be
    # very careful to use the right one!
    dd if=path/to/image of=/dev/sdb # As root.
  3. Boot into live image and log in as root with empty password (if it doesn't automatically log you in).

  4. Get internet access.

    1. ip a will bring up a list of network interfaces.

    2. iwlist <interface> scan | less to see if your wifi is available.

    3. Edit /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf with your network details.

    4. wpa_supplicant -B -i<interface> -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -Dwext.

    5. dhclient <interface> or dhcpcd <interface> if dhclient command doesn't exist.

  5. Partition and format disks.

    • lsblk -f lists your devices.

    • mkfs.ext4 -L nixos <device> to format a device.

    • mkswap -L swap <device> to make a swap partition.

  6. (optional) Activate swap device: swapon <device>.

  7. Mount target filesystems under /mnt:

    mount /dev/disk/by-label/nixos /mnt
  8. Generate /etc/nixos configuration files:

    nixos-generate-config --root /mnt
  9. Inspect the generated /mnt/etc/configuration.nix to see if any bootloader options were put in there to hint on which bootloader options to use.

  10. If using systemd-boot, mount the boot partition under /mnt/boot and perform step 8 again to get an updated hardware-configuration.nix with the /mnt/boot filesystem entry.

  11. Backup hardware-configuration.nix:

    cp /mnt/etc/nixos/hardware-configuration.nix \
  12. Edit hardware-configuration.modified.nix to put the correct bootloader options in it, and also put system.stateVersion from configuration.nix into hardware-configuration.modified.nix.

  13. Copy wpa_supplicant.conf to target filesystem:

    cp /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf /mnt/etc

    This allows wpa_supplicant to automatically connect to internet when rebooting into the installed system.

  14. nixos-install -I nixos-config=

  15. Reboot and login with root and set password for user "u":

    passwd u
  16. Login as user and retrieve this repository:

    git clone
  17. ./dots/bootstrap.

  18. sudo nixos-rebuild boot and reboot (with sudo shutdown now).