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Zero Install

Zero Install
Zero Install ready to run a downloaded program
Developer(s) Thomas Leonard
Stable release 2.9.1[1] / August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22)
Written in OCaml
Operating system Linux, Unix, OS X, Windows
Type Software package
License GNU LGPL
Website .net0install

Zero Install is a means of distributing and packaging software for multiple operating systems (Linux and Unix-like, OS X, and Windows). Many distributions offer it as an additional non-default component.[2][3]


  • Design 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Rather than the normal method of downloading a software package, extracting it, and installing it before it can be used (with the accompanying use of Application Directory systems.

The system is intended to be used alongside a distribution's native package manager.

Two advantages of Zero Install over more popular packaging systems are that it is cross-platform and no root password is needed to install software; packages can be installed in system locations writable by that user instead of requiring administrator access. Thus, package installation affects only the user installing it, which makes it possible for all users to be able to install and run new software.

See also


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External links

  • Official website
  • Thomas Leonard (2007-01-16). "Decentralised Installation Systems". 
  • "pkgsrc and the concepts of package management 1997-2007 (part 2) - The Zero Install system". The NetBSD Project. 
  • Bruce Byfield (2007-02-15). "Zero Install: An executable critique of native package systems". 
  • "Neue Zero Install-Implementation". 2005-06-24. 
  • "Zero Install: The Future of Linux on the Desktop?". Slashdot. 2004-04-03. 
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