Available installation media

Mageia has two distinct installation media types:

For more information have a look at the installation media page.

You will always find the download info on the Mageia download page; direct (ftp and http) and BitTorrent downloads are available.

The Mageia online repositories

The Mageia software sits in three different repositories/media, depending on the type of license applied to each package. Here's an overview of those repositories:

Major new features

Switch from Gtk+-2 to Gtk+-3

Most tools have been ported to Gtk+-3:

They now use more modern components and have access to all widgets through introspection or be used with Broadway.

Some related changes:


Package management

RPM has been upgraded to 4.11.1. Urpmi has a new option --deploops that enables to debug circular dependencies.



All tools have been ported from deprecated usermode to polkit when needing root privileges. Draksec now supports polkit rules editing for permissions and overrides restarts polkitd when needed.

Hardware support

On first boot, finish-install will no longer remove radeon-firmware or any network related firmwares as we don't know when some hw gets plugged that needs it.

Hardware detection has seen fixes: - a couple WiFi cards were misdetected - RAID devices are better handled

draksound no longer offers to switch from ALSA to OSS drivers.

drakclock will now configure chrony by default instead of ntpd for Network Time Synchronisation.


Drakboot now write and read back the default entry when using Grub2.

Various bug fixes were done:

Base system







Auto-completion Bash-completion is now installed as default (as a suggest so may not depending of the config). That mean that it bring autocompletion for cli command, like for example urpmi. urpmi vl<tab> will show all packages in the repositories that match vl*. That's also mean that if you want to install locale rpm you may use urpmi ./mypackage.rpm.

Network interfaces naming scheme

Graphical environments


MageiaWelcome is now proposed as a default when opening a session in graphical environments. The main goal is to help new comers on Mageia but also give some information about the community and the project. Note that on Live System, MageiaWelcome is not auto launched.

X Window System (X11)

The server has been updated from 1.13 to 1.14.5.


It has a specific Live-DVD or can be installed from the DVD ISO (Traditional installer).


GNOME environment is also provided. Currently It has a specific Live-DVD or can be installed from the DVD ISO (Traditional installer).


It can be installed from the DVD ISO (Traditional installer).


It can be installed from the DVD ISO (Traditional installer) or the Dual-arch DVD ISO.


It can be installed from the DVD ISO (Traditional installer).


Mate is now inside the repositories. It can be installed from the DVD ISO (Traditional installer).


Cinnamon is now inside the repositories. It can be installed from the DVD ISO (Traditional installer).

Office apps



Software Development

Upgrading from Mageia 3

Please read also the known issues.

Upgrading from Mageia 3 is supported, and has been fine-tuned over the past few months, so it should work. But as always, it is very advisable to back up any important data before upgrading and make sure you have made all updates of Mageia 3 (such as rpm and urpmi). Upgrading from Mageia 2 or another distribution is not supported.

There are several ways to upgrade from one of the previous Mageia releases:

Warning: Upgrading an existing install using a LiveCD is NOT supported due to the livecd image being copied "as is" to the target system.

Upgrading via the Internet

The Mageia update notification applet, Mageia Online, will notify you that a new Mageia release is available, and ask if you wish to upgrade. If you agree, the upgrade will be carried out from within your Mageia installation without any further steps being necessary.

If you have disabled the applet or it is not automatically running for some reason, you can upgrade manually either using the GUI (mgaonline) or the CLI (urpmi). Both methods are outlined below.

First make sure you have the latest updates for your currently running release prior to upgrading.

Upgrading online, using mgaonline (GUI)

If you do not see that mgaonline notifies you that there is a new release, check your options with mgaapplet-config


mgaapplet-upgrade-helper --new_distro_version=4

It will notify you of the availability of the new Mageia 4 distribution, configure Mageia media sources and start migration.

Upgrading online, using urpmi (CLI)

You can also upgrade using urpmi from your favorite terminal emulator. Here are the general upgrade steps:

urpmi.removemedia -a
urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist$ARCH.list
(Where $ARCH is either i586 or x86_64)
urpmi.addmedia --distrib <mirror_url>
You can get the mirror_url using the Mageia mirrors web application
urpmi --replacefiles --auto-update --auto

Using the Mageia 4 DVD to Upgrade

You can use the Mageia 4 DVD to do clean installs but also to upgrade from previous releases.

To upgrade:

It is recommended that the online repositories be set up during the upgrade as the DVD only includes a subset of the complete set of Mageia online repositories.

Moreover, it is possible that Mageia 3 may have received an update to a later version of software than that availale on the ISO. When this happens, the upgrade may fail to complete. Since, at the time the ISO's are tested it is impossible to anticipate which Mageia 3 packages may be updated in the future, offline upgrades (i.e. upgrades attempted without setting up the online repositories) are not supported.

On the first reboot use the command 'urpmi --auto-update' to make sure all packages were updated.

Known issues

See Errata page

Bug reporting

You can find our bugzilla here, but please read the Errata before reporting any bugs. If you don't already have a Mageia account, you can create one on If you don't know, see how to report a bug.

Obsoleted packages

KGraphViewer was removed as it was not building against new version of Graphiz and is dead upstream.