Use the Live USB

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Archivematica can be run as a Live USB.

  1. Shut down your PC or laptop and insert the Archivematica USB key.
  2. Make sure no other devices are plugged into your USB ports
  3. Turn on your PC and hold down the key which brings up your computer's boot menu. This is usually F12. As you computer BIOS loads it will typically notify the user (briefly) which key(s) to press to enter the boot menu.
  4. Choose the boot from USB option
  5. Give the XUbuntu desktop a few minutes to load
  6. To help you get started, look in the Docs directory on the desktop for the Archivematica workflow instructions document.
  7. IMPORTANT: To shut down Archivematica, go to the top right of the desktop and click on the Quit button (the red arrow pointing to a door). Click the 'Shut Down' button. Give XUbuntu a few minutes to shut down.
    • Do not check the Save session for future logins option. Any data you have added this session will automatically be save on the USB key and be available on your next bootup.


There are some known limitations with using a Live USB on Macs and older PCs.

Bulk Demo USB keys

Please note that the bulk Archivematica 0.6-alpha USB keys displaying the project logo are for demonstration purposes only. The stability of the bulk USB drives used to create the demo keys and the OS interface has not been sufficiently tested. Due to any number of unforeseen circumstances the bootup function may not respond at some point.

Create your own

You can download and create your own Archivematica Live USB.