Arch Linux is one of the last Linux distributions I would ever suggest to new users. Although using Arch Linux isn’t all that difficult, installing it is another issue altogether. Unlike most Linux distributions, Arch Linux doesn’t have a user-friendly GUI installer. It’s all text-based and installation can be a challenge, even for people with plenty of experience using Linux.
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Recently, I discovered Arch Linux has a built-in installer script that was created to make the installation less challenging. I gave the script a go and found the claim of simplifying the task to be spot on. No, it’s not as simple as, say, installing Ubuntu Linux (or any distribution with a GUI installer), but it’s not the sanity-challenging task it once was.
Let me show you how to install Arch Linux.
How to install Arch Linux with archinstall
What you’ll need: The only things you’ll need for this task are a computer (or virtual machine) to install Arch Linux and a downloaded ISO image to use for the installation. I’ll demonstrate this with a virtual machine, running on VirtualBox, which is the route I would recommend for testing purposes.
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With those two things at the ready, let’s install. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can get this installtion done.
You’ll have to go through and set several options. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate the text-based menu. I won’t walk you through each option, but I will explain what areas you’ll need to configure. Follow along with these instructions and you’ll understand what to do:
- Mirrors — Select the closest mirror region to you. Find the location, hit the space bar to select it, and then hit Enter on your keyboard. Navigate to Back and hit Enter again.
- Disk configuration — Select Use a best-effort default partition layout. Make sure to select the drive you want to install Arch Linux on (again, using the arrow keys to navigate.”