install desktop environment

Installing i3 requires only a few lines. Theming and tweaking your Arch Linux system will require more time. All the information about this desktop is here:

sudo pacman -S i3statussudo pacman -S i3-gaps

In the video we use yaourt to install i3-gaps-next. In the meantime yaourt is not being updated anymore. We now install yay and trizen as AUR helpers.
First install i3-gaps then later – if you want – you can install install i3-gaps-next, which is coming from AUR.

Let us go over every settings of Arch Linux i3 and see what we still need to fix.

We go inside the xfce-settings-manager to set the keyboard to azerty. Then we edit the ~/.config/i3/config to launch xfsettingsd.

We change the theme, icons, cursor… with lxappearance.

We choose the wallpaper with variety.

We tell the conky in ~/.config/i3/config not to start with adding a # at the beginning of the line.

We choose a different bar : conky-i3statusbar.

Then we install trizen and polybar.

We change the settings in polybar of up and down network traffic.

We get the .bashrc from ArcoLinux to get upall and mirror for example.

sudo pacman -S reflector — You need to install reflector to use mirror.


To set our keyboard we may use setxbmap as well.

setxkbmap -model pc104 -layout be

Or in short

setxkbmap be


If you want to have an AUR helper during TTY, you can check out this article.

Original look of i3 gaps
No theming or tweaking