[Updated: March 1, 2017] Arch Linux is one of my favorite GNU/Linux distributions. However, it is not as easy to install as are Ubuntu and openSUSE. I have installed Arch Linux so many times on my systems that I have almost memorized the procedure. I have translated that process into an easy to follow tutorial that can help new Arch Linux users.

I keep this tutorial updated as I learn about problems that other users face or if I find an easier day to get the task done.ย There are many Ubuntu-like derivatives of Arch that make it easier to get started with Arch, but I will discourage using them.

Installing Arch without understanding some of its core components and configurations will cause more problems in future when something breaks because you donโ€™t know how it’s set-up or how it works. So I encourage you to do a manual installation of Arch Linux and understand its internals.

I also recommend referring to the official Arch Wiki to get in-depth information about each step and process.

I have broken this article into several small pieces to address one topic at a time without intimidating you with a single long page.


  1. The instruction “pacman -S iw wpa_supplicant dialog” fails because I an offline, not having configured a wireless network after booting into the new installation. Wifi-menu won’t run without dialog. Would plug in wired but no port on this computer so any suggestions? Other than rebuild install profile adding dialog and start over?

    • Thanks. I have edited the article and added the command to install it before they reboot. However, you can plug in the arch USB, chroot again and install from it. You don’t have to reinstall Arch. If you need help, ping me on Google+ or Twitter and I will assist.

  2. Hi @arnieswap:disqus I followed your GREAT guide and I had only a small problem. systemd network manager service was disabled (or not enabled). Not a big problem (for an almost advanced user), but maybe you can add a line in the guide in order to active it for beginners users. I don’t know if is only a problema occurred on my pc, but it has happend.

  3. Thank you for the amount of effort you put into this article. After 2 days struggling to get it work, i finally got arch to install thanks to this article

  4. I followed all your directions exactly and am having an issue. Once I finish everything and reboot, the ssd on which I installed arch is not recognized as bootable and I go right to BIOS. Know why that would be and how to solve that? Thanks!

  5. My installation says “group additional_groups” does not exist. This is my first time installing Arch,what am I doing wrong?

    —Nevermind,Im dumb.

  6. Can you also add steps for setting up xfce & lightdm and any other things that might be needed like network manager, alsa, pulseaudio, etc?

    Also, if I want to be able to use both wireless and ethernet should I keep dhcpcd enabled?

  7. Mr Bhartiya, thank you very much for making this guide. I’ve been looking for a good tutorial to get into Arch, and you’ve done a great job here.

  8. Great Guide ! Could you please add instructions to setup bumblebee for laptops with two graphics processors ? It’s always been a pain to setup my NVIDIA card in Ubuntu/Mint(always end up messing XServer) so I thought setting up from the ground using Arch could maybe solve the issue.

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  10. Hi Swapnil,
    I have to say I’ve used your Linuxveda manual several times and it hasn’t failed me, but this one might need a correction.
    There could be a mistake in the EFI partition mountpoint. Shouldn’t it be /boot/efi as seen e.g. in the latest Fedora 25?

    P.S. I totally love ArchLinux and it’s been on my SSD for a couple years, but now the SSD is starting to die and I’ve installed Manjaro to an HDD from a live CD. What a mess of unnecessary software. ๐Ÿ™


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