efaLive is a GNU/Linux based distribution that runs the electronic logbook for rowing and canoeing called efa in a so called Kiosk mode. In 2009 the idea to create this live CD came to my mind, because I wanted to be able to easily reproduce the system I have configured for my rowing club. With efaLive, rowing/canoeing clubs are enabled to set up their own efa system for their boat house in an easy way. It is also possible to evaluate efa and efaLive in depth at home by running efaLive as a live system from CD or USB stick. efaLive is available for x86 systems and the popular RaspberryPi.



The current stable version of efaLive is 2.8.0.

efaLive x86
(MD5: de186d2662844840fb1dc288a10e48b9)
efaLive RaspberryPi
(MD5: abc1a87e684b872c8bde86a623de111c)
efaLive documentation (English)
efaLive documentation (German)


You can still download the previous release 2.7 of efaLive.

OLD efaLive x86
(MD5: 7f0a52629066add9e9470d11b6ddbc7e)
OLD efaLive RaspberryPi
(MD5: 5cd1ee54b9625541d9af983abbf1cbf4)
OLD efaLive documentation (English)
OLD efaLive documentation (German)


First of all, you should read the documentation. The installation and many aspects of the configuration are described in this document. Another point for help is the forum. Please search the forum first. Maybe another user had the same problem before. Use the correct category for your post. efaLive does not include a special version of efa. It is the same version you can download and install from the official efa web site. So questions regarding the efa software are better placed in the efa category of the forum rather than the efaLive category.


There are five projects available on GitHub:

  • efalive_cd (configuration for live-build, this creates the CD image)
  • efalive (the scripts and code that makes efaLive, the glue between Debian GNU/Linux and efa)
  • efa2 (Debian package of the efa software)
  • efalive_docker (Docker image to build an efaLive CD image)
  • efalive_pi (build script for efaLive on the Raspberry Pi)


You can find the change log on GitHub: change log