The Installer is used to copy Haiku onto another volume. You can use it to clone your currently running Haiku - with all installed software and all data and settings. And of course you use it for the initial installation after booting from install CD or USB drive, see the online Installation Guide.

Upon launch Installer displays a start window with important information. It's not a mindless EULA you're used to click away in the blink of an eye, it states:

Once you acknowledged with Continue, you're presented with the main window:


In the first pop-up menu you choose the source for the installation. It can be a currently installed Haiku or can come from an install CD or USB drive, etc.
The second pop-up menu specifies the target for the installation. This target partition/volume will be completely overwritten and has to be set aside beforehand by a partitioning tool like GParted.

Clicking the little expander widget will Show optional packages, if available, that you can choose to install in addition to the basic Haiku.

You should do a last check if you really picked the right target before starting the installation process. Click on Setup partitions… to open DriveSetup and have a look at the naming and layout of the available volumes and partitions.

Begin starts the installation procedure, which basically copies the /home/ and /system/ folder onto the target volume and makes it bootable.

index Tools

At the end of the installation procedure, the partition is automatically made bootable. However, it can happen that some other operating system or partitioning tool (accidentally) overwrites the boot sector of your Haiku volume. In this case, boot your installation CD and start the Installer. Select your Haiku boot partition from the Onto: Please choose target menu and select Write boot sector from the Tools menu to make it bootable again.

The other item in the Tools menu is used to Set up a boot menu that puts a menu in the boot sector to choose what operating system to boot. See topic BootManager for more information.
You don't need to run the BootManager if you already use a bootmanager like GRUB, in which case you have to add Haiku manually (see above), or Haiku runs exclusively on your machine.