How To Make Linux Distro

If you’re a tech-savvy user who wants to explore the depths of what an Operating System can offer, then you may have considered creating your own Linux distro. In this post, we will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to create your own Linux distribution.

Understand the Basics

Before we start, an understanding of Linux at its core is important. Linux is a free, open-source operating system based on Unix. A Linux distribution, often shortened to Linux Distro, is an operating system made from a software collection that is based upon the Linux kernel and, often, a package management system.

Choose The Right Tools

There are several tools available for creating your own Linux distro. Some of the most popular ones include LFS (Linux From Scratch), Ubuntu Customization Kit, and SUSE Studio. For this guide, we will use LFS as it provides more control over the customization process.

Setting Up Your Environment

First, you’ll need to prepare your environment. You’ll need a Linux system already installed and running. The next step is to download the LFS book from the official site: This book contains step-by-step instructions for building your own custom Linux system from scratch.

Building the System

The process of building your own Linux distro is a bit intensive. The LFS book will guide you through the following steps:

  • Creating a new partition on your hard drive.
  • Setting up a suitable working environment.
  • Downloading and validating packages.
  • Building and installing these packages.

Here’s an example of how you would use fdisk to create a new partition:

sudo fdisk /dev/sda
n (create new partition)
p (primary partition)
1 (partition number)
[Enter] (default first sector)
+10G (size of the partition)
w (write changes and close fdisk)

Customizing Your Distro

Once you’ve installed the base system, the real customization can begin. You can now choose to install whatever additional packages, drivers, and software you want. This could include things like desktop environments, file managers, web browsers, and so on.

Creating an ISO Image

After you’ve got everything set up the way you want, the last step is to create an ISO image of your system. This can be done with a variety of tools, but one of the most common is Mkisofs. Here’s an example of how you might use it:

sudo mkisofs -o custom.iso /home/user/custom/


Building your own Linux Distro is a great way to learn more about how Linux works, as well as to create a system that’s tailored to your specific needs. While it can be a bit complex, the end result is incredibly rewarding. Happy building!