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This is a fedora remix, with packages from fedora 22 and is in no way affliated with the fedora project.

It contains a pre-installed version of MESA,

This based on MESA r7624 with SDK 20150908.

Where to get it

The image comes as a 1.3G .iso file available here:

sha256 515096642f1ac356de13d73971817877ed175f70b95651c0cb64b5593558ab6d

md5 bc1c8b354ca7cd16259ec27e59fd2bda

Installation instructions

Either follow the guide here: replacing "Fedora image" with the MESA.iso or read on:


To be written


  1. Insert USB stick

  2. Type

dmesg | tail 

and look at the end for a message similiar to

[32656.573467] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdX] Attached SCSI removable disk

Where sdX is sdb,sdc etc. Keep a note of this and where i type sdX insert your sd name

  1. Reformat the stick to ext3 (Usually possible by right clicking the icon for the USB drive and selecting format)

  2. Type

     sudo dd if=/path/to/MESA.iso of=/dev/sdX  bs=1M

Make sure to get the right sdX !

  1. Reboot machine

  2. You'll need to change the boot order usally, this means during boot press F12 or esc and select the USB device.

Mac users

  1. insert usb stick

  2. open disk utility. erase the usb stick, choosing the “OS X Extended (Journaled)" format.

  3. convert the .iso to a .img

   hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o /path/to/MESA.img /path/to/MESA.iso

change the resulting “MESA.img.dmg” ending to “MESA.img”

  1. To find the device node of the usb stick, e.g., /dev/disk1
diskutil list
  1. Unmount the usb drive
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
  1. This is the dangerous command, make sure you have the diskN correct or you can really mess up your machine
  sudo dd if=/path/to/MESA.img of=/dev/rdiskN bs=1m

if you see the error dd: Invalid number '1m', you are using gnu dd. use the same command but replace bs=1m with bs=1M

  1. wait about 10 min for dd to finish

  2. Type

diskutil eject /dev/diskN
  1. restart your mac, or take the usb stick to any other mac and restart, while holding down the option key to bring up the "Startup Manager".

  2. choose the “windows” device to boot from

  3. mesa-on-stick should appear.


Or alternatively you could install a virtual machine software and run the iso directly without burning it to a USB stick.

Possible options:

qemu (Linux)

virtualbox (Windows,Mac,Linux)

Runtime Instructions

Things are a little different to a normal MESA run. There is no need to ever call ./mk or ./clean (in fact you can't, I deleted the makefiles). MESA has already been pre-compiled and exists as an executable installed in a system wide location. This means there is NO support for custom run_stars_extras, if you want to customize your run_stars_extra file then you will need to use the normal installation methods.

To run MESA in this new scheme:

  1. Open a terminal by double clicking it

  2. Either type

mesa-star-cwd folder_name


mesa-star-test test_suite_name folder_name

Where folder_name is the name to save the folder to and test_suite_name is a name of a MESA test suite folder (in the second case you can tap TAB TAB to get a list of possible folders). The difference between the commands is the mesa-star-cwd creates a copy of the default work directory, which is a basic shell of what you need to run a model. While mesa-star-test copies a MESA test suite folder, which is a useful place to start new projects. You should not need to make any changes in the test_suite inlists for it to work, other than your own customizations.

Then edit the inlists to describe the model you want and then type:


to start the MESA run. PGSTAR is enabled by default for all runs, though you may want to customize the pgstar inlist. There is also,

./re photo_name

to restart from a photo.

In each folder is a sub-folder star-defaults (and binaries have both star-defaults and binary-defaults) which show the default inlist values, for parameters you do not set yourself. Editing these files has no effect on the MESA run.

Binary stars can be handled the same way as single stars except replace

mesa-star-cwd with mesa-binary-cwd


mesa-star-test with mesa-binary-test


No gyre or adipls support

The data files (eos,kap etc) are limited to the default set, so they can not be changed.

No support for making movies

No run_stars_extra

Additional items

Nothing you do will be saved to the usb stick, so if you want to keep the results either plug in another usb stick or email them to yourself

When running you will have full sudo rights if you need to configure things

To install additional programs

sudo dnf search program

to search for it, and:

sudo dnf install program_name

to install. Python programs general ship as python-package_name or python3-package_name

Ipython3, numpy,scipy and matplotlib are allready installed

Old versions

sha256 6e3610eed9dd86ac8acbd0a31b1d4b0dd07079e118047e08b8d9b4ba166356fe

md5 cfb6920b5988e71cf86848a27395dee8


Provides linux liveos with MESA preinstalled




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