Linux Installation

Tested on:

Run CHIPSEC on a desired Linux distribution or create a live Linux image on a USB flash drive and boot to it.

Creating a Live Linux image

  1. Download things you will need:

    • Desired Linux image (e.g. Fedora LXDE 64bit)

    • Rufus

  2. Use Rufus to image a USB stick with the desired Linux image. Include as much persistent storage as possible.

  3. Reboot to USB

Installing Kali Linux

Download and install Kali Linux


Python 3.7 or higher (


CHIPSEC has deprecated support for Python2 since June 2020

Install or update necessary dependencies before installing CHIPSEC:

dnf install kernel kernel-devel-$(uname -r) python3 python3-devel gcc nasm redhat-rpm-config elfutils-libelf-devel git


apt-get install build-essential python3-dev python3 gcc linux-headers-$(uname -r) nasm


pacman -S python3 python3-setuptools nasm linux-headers

To install requirements:

pip install -r linux_requirements.txt

Installing CHIPSEC

Get latest CHIPSEC release from PyPI repository

pip install chipsec


Version in PyPI is outdate please refrain from using until further notice

Get CHIPSEC package from latest source code

Download zip from CHIPSEC repo

Clone CHIPSEC source

git clone

Building CHIPSEC

Build the Driver and Compression Tools

python build_ext -i


Follow steps in section “Using as a Python package” of Running CHIPSEC