In the past with BIOS, I've never created a separate partition for the bootloader.

My question is, if i wish to use UEFI, is a separate boot partition a requirement?

PS, I've tried without and it doesn't seem to work. Hence this question.

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Yes, a separate EFI partition (FAT32 formated) small partition is always required if using UEFI mode. ~300MB should be enough for multi-boot but ~550MB is preferable.

The ESP - EFI System Partiton - should not be confused with /boot (not required for most Ubuntu installations) and is a standard requirement.

Additional info:

Linux on UEFI: A Quick Installation Guide

UEFI boot: how does that actually work

  • I will have only one OS. Is there absolutely no way that I can proceed without a separate boot partition for UEFI?
    – daka
    Sep 20, 2016 at 17:03
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    It's not for you to decide that, it's an industry standard. If you don't have ESP you cannot install in UEFI mode, period.
    – user589808
    Sep 20, 2016 at 17:20
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    Do not confuse the ESP - efi system partition which is required for UEFI boot with a Linux /boot partition. Most installs do not need the /boot partition. But if using gpt you need the ESP for UEFI boot or a bios_grub partition for BIOS boot. Or you can use the 35 year old but well known BIOS/MBR configuration. askubuntu.com/questions/743095/…
    – oldfred
    Sep 20, 2016 at 18:39
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    To reiterate and elaborate on oldfred's comment, see Adam Williamson's blog entry on how EFI works or my page on installing Linux on EFI systems. Neither page really emphasizes the difference between /boot and the ESP, but both describe the EFI boot process and EFI needs in a way that should be helpful.
    – Rod Smith
    Sep 21, 2016 at 13:26
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    @sudoman - I must have been distracted when I accepted you unacceptable edit. There is no middle ground here. The answer to your answer is an unquestionable "Yes, always". If you don't like how things are regarding UEFI requirements, take it to whoever invented UEFI, but please do not muddy the waters here.
    – user589808
    Oct 24, 2016 at 8:12

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