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The Mageia 5.1 release is the continuity of the Mageia 5 release and will allow for new systems to be installed with all the updates that Mageia 5 has received. Just like the Mageia 4.1 release, the new Mageia 5.1 ISOs are simply updated versions of the Mageia 5 ISOs, so the installed Mageia 5.1 systems will rely on the same Mageia 5 repositories and will get the same support. As such, this page only contains information on specific differences from the Mageia 5 release. For a complete overview, refer to Mageia 5 Release Notes.

Available installation media

Mageia has two distinct installation media types:

  • Classical ISOs (DVD 32bit, DVD 64bit), which use the DrakX traditional installer. Only the 32bit and 64bit DVD ISOs contain all non-free drivers.
  • Live ISOs, which can be used to preview the distribution and (optionally) install Mageia on your hard drive. Live media come with either the KDE or GNOME desktop environments. The Live DVDs contain all supported locales and many packages.

You will find the different download options on the Mageia 5.1 download page: direct (FTP and HTTP) and BitTorrent downloads are available.

Major new features


Stage 1

Stage 2


GPT partitioning

Hardware support

Mageia 5.1 can be installed on NVMe (NVM Express) hardware.

Grub2 Integration


  • The manuals for traditional installer and for the Mageia Control Center have been (partially) translated in many more languages, see our official documentation. More languages have been added since Mageia 5 release. We added also a manual for the installation with Live media. The manuals are also available as packages to install to be available off-line.
  • For each missing localised screenshot in a HTML manual, the English screenshot is now used instead of no screenshot.
  • PDF and EPUB manuals will only be created when more than half of the needed localised screenshots for that manual are available


Base system

Kernel & hardware support

Kernel comes in 4.4.30 version

Proprietary Nvidia drivers

Current is nvidia367.57 We have also nvidia340.96 and nvidia304.131.

Partial support for NVIDIA Optimus

Graphical environments

Live systems

Proprietary graphics drivers

During the lifetime of Mageia 5, the provision of pre-built proprietary drivers has been discontinued. Such drivers are now built using the dkms system during the first boot (and rebuilt whenever a new kernel is installed). For Live systems, this has to be done every time the system is booted (because the DVD/USB image cannot be modified), which significantly increases the time taken to boot. For this reason, the Live systems will by default disable use of the proprietary graphics drivers. This can be overridden by editing the kernel boot options in the initial boot menu and removing the option "xdriver=free". For legacy boot, this is done by pressing the F6 key (but please read the entry in the errata about this function). For UEFI boot, additional entries have been added to the boot menu to do this automatically.

For some driver/hardware combinations, it may be necessary to add the "nomodeset" kernel boot option when using the proprietary drivers.

If a proprietary graphics driver is enabled and used in the Live system boot, running the Live installer will automatically install that driver, and it won't need to be rebuilt when booting the installed system.

Upgrading from Mageia 4

Please also read the known issues page.

Upgrading from Mageia 4 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 4 (such as rpm and urpmi). Upgrading from Mageia 3 or another distribution is not supported.

If 3rd party repositories, such as Google, have been added during the use of Mageia 4, be sure to make a backup/copy of /etc/urpmi/urpmi.cfg.

There are several ways to upgrade from Mageia 4:

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

If you want to upgrade a previous Mageia installation which was NOT in UEFI, towards an UEFI-mode Mageia 5, you have to do a complete installation. Direct upgrade is not supported.

Known issues

See the Errata page.