Koha 3.8.6 Live CD Lite released

Koha Live CD Lite is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Koha 3.8.6.
File size is 690 MB.
Live CD is customized for ready to use.
Highlights are:
  • Easy installation steps,
  • Koha installation based on Ubuntu packages, it means easy to upgrade Koha in future,
  • Koha customised for ready to use,
  • Zebra server enabled,
  • Customised MARC fields in cataloguing,
  • Scheduled database backup,
  • Build on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with OpenBox Desktop,
  • Detailed Read Me file,
  • Sample reports,
Visit for download https://sourceforge.net/projects/kohalivecd-lite/files/
Upgrade to new version of Koha is now very easy with this Live CD. No need to execute lot of commands and editing various files to upgrade to a new version. Installation made from Koha package repository.
When new version of Koha available, you can upgrade Koha using only two commands in Terminal. It automatically download new release from Internet and will make necessary changes.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

I stripped off many applications from Ubuntu 12.04 to reduce the size of the ISO file. So it is convenient to download from Internet. You can install other useful applications after the installation of Live CD. See some examples.

Gnumeric Spreadsheet
sudo apt-get install gnumeric

Gnome-Shell Desktop: for conventional Windows like desktop
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
Log out and select gnome-shell desktop environment.

Libre Office
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

How to restore your existing Koha to new LIVE CD installation?

 Take backup of your existing Koha database.
Apply the following command in a terminal,

sudo su
mysqldump --single-transaction -u root -p koha > koha.sql

Copy your backup in a pendrive.

Install Koha Live CD.

Copy koha.sql file from pen drive to home folder.
Then restore the old backup to new installation.

Database Restoration command,

mysql -uroot -p koha_library < koha.sql

Enter the MySQL root password.

Then rebuild the Zebra Index.

Apply following command in a terminal,

koha-rebuild-zebra -v -f library


  1. Hi, thanks for the live cd. I want to ask about the CCSR Koha theme. Why did you don't include this opac theme? I see it in the Bywater solutions demo and want'to try it.


  2. Hello Vimal,
    I have downloaded your iso, and burned it to cd. However I am unable to install. When the first menu shows up, I select install, and it processes for a while showing the lubuntu icon. Then it says "filesystem check or mount failed", and it gives me a koharoot$: prompt.

    I have downloaded the iso twice, and run into the same problem. Help?

    Also, is a koha 3.8 with ubuntu 12.04LTS coming? (lubutu 12.04 is not LTS according to wikipedia.)


  3. Why did you don't include this opac theme payudara montok? I see it in the Bywater solutions demo and want'to try it....