ZFS on Ubuntu Install Guide

ZOL is probably not the best first post for a blog with UNIX in the tagline but I had some free time on my hands and my home server runs Ubuntu…so lets get started.

Ubuntu ZFS PPA

The latest stable release of ZOL for Ubuntu is hosted as a PPA on launchpad at the following location.


Before installing packages from the PPA you must add the repository to your system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zfs-native/stable
sudo apt-get update

You may discover that the ‘add-apt-repository’ is not found on your system. The ‘python-software-properties’ includes the ‘add-apt-repository’.

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties


In order to install and load the ZFS kernel modules you must install the latest kernel headers.

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.2.0-23 linux-headers-3.2.0-23-generic

If you forget to install the kernel headers you will see errors such as ‘Failed to load ZFS module stack.’ when attempting to create a ZFS filesystem.

Installing ZFS for Ubuntu

Now that you have added the ZFS for Ubuntu PPA to your system and installed the kernel headers we can install the ‘ubunut-zfs’ package.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-zfs


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