How to install Arch Linux using Installer

Last updated on May 12th, 2022 at 05:48 pm


Installing Arch linux using installer simplifies installation process significantly. It’s almost as convenient as using a modern graphical UI, and you can have your new system configured in minutes, compared to a long 30-60 minute manual installation.

If you’d rather install Arch linux manually, then take a look at our manual installation guide.

Step 1. Download installation media

Head to Arch linux official download page, select the closest mirror, download the image and create a bootable USB with dd, Balena Etcher or Rufus. Don’t forget to verify the checksum.

Step 2. Boot the installation image from USB

Arch linux installation media boot screen

Choose the default option, and you will see this command line interface.

Arch linux command line interface

Step 3. Set up internet connection

Check the internet connection by typing


You may need to use iwctl utility to set up a Wi-Fi network or mmcli utility to set up a mobile broadband modem.

Make sure you can see responses from arch linux server similar to the ones below before you continue.

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=319 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=324 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=53 time=318 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=4 ttl=53 time=323 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=5 ttl=53 time=319 ms

Step 4. Launch Arch linux installer

Simply type


and if your internet connection is working you will see the installer configuration screen

Arch linux installer

The first three options are pretty straightforward: simply select you language, keyboard layout and choose the closest mirror. After you’ve done that it’s time to partition the disks. Select “Select harddrives” option.

Step 5. Partition hard-drives

Arch linux installer hard drive selection

I am using a 32GB drive (/dev/sda), while /dev/sr0 is my installation media. Select the drive that you want to install Arch linux on (/dev/sda in my case) and press enter. Make sure you have a backup of any valuable information that you have on this drive, as the drive will be wiped out during the installation.

Arch linux installer hard drive layout

You will see that your hard drive has been set and a new option Select disk layout appeared. Press enter.

Automatic disk partitioning

Arch linux installer hard drive layout

I recommend using a separate drive to install Arch, which makes partitioning process much more convenient for both Linux and Windows. If you can use the entire drive to install Arch to, simply select Wipe all selected drives and use a best-effort default partition layout, then select the file system that you want to use.

Arch linux installer filesystem selection

After you press enter you will see that the disk layout has been created for you by the script.

Arch installer automatic disk layout

Manual partitioning

If that’s not what you want, then you’ll need to spend some time partitioning your disk. In this case, select the first option Select what to do with each individual drive.

Arch linux installer manual drive partitioning

You will see an partitioning interface, similar to cfdisk utility.

Refer to Disk partitioning section in our manual installation guide for some tips on manual drive partitioning. There are tons of information available on Arch linux wiki as well.

Arch linux installer disk encryption

Finally, set up disk encryption by setting encryption password if you need and whether or not you want to use swap.

At the time of writing there was only one option available for the bootloader: GRUB. There might be more options available in the future.

Step 6. Set up root and user accounts

Arch linux installer: set up user account

Set up root password and select Specify user account after that. Enter username and password.

Arch linux installer: add user

Add more users if you need, then select Confirm and exit.

Step 7. Choose software profile

There are several predefined software profiles that you can use during the installation. For example, you can install a full desktop environment, a server system, or just the very basic system that you will customize later. The script will install packages depending on your choice, so choose the desired configuration under the Specify profile option.

Arch linux installer: predefined profiles

I am going to install GNOME desktop, so I selected desktop profile here, and GNOME on the next screen.

Arch linux installer: desktop environment

If you chose desktop or xorg profile, you will see a graphics driver selection screen. Simply select the right driver to install, and, in case you have an NVIDIA graphics card, whether or not you would like to use the proprietary drivers.

Arch linux installer: graphics driver

Next, select the audio driver to use. Pulseaudio has been in active development since 2004, and is, in general, very stable, while Pipewire is a relatively new project.

Step 8. Fine-tune the system

After you have selected the audio driver, the only thing left to do is to select a kernel and any additional packages that you want to install.

Arch linux installer: select kernel
Arch linux installer

Here I added Firefox Thunderbird and Libreoffice to the list of packages that will be installed on my system. Note that you should type the package name exactly as it appears in the Repo.

If you don’t know the exact name, you can search for packages on Archlinux packages page or refer to their List of applications if you are not quite sure what exactly you are looking for.

After selecting packages, configure your new system’s network if you will be using a different network configuration, select the correct timezone and any additional repositories that you want to use.

Arch linux installer: additional repositories

Step 9. Install the system and boot

Simply press Install after you configured everything. If you missed something, then the installer will remind you. Then wait for the installer to partition the disks and download and install packages.

If there were no errors, you will see the following screen.

If you don’t know what chroot into the new system means then you should choose no, otherwise you already know what to do.

Arch linux installer: installation complete

Type reboot, remove the installation media and boot into your new system.

Arch linux login screen

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