D stands for
you Decide what Desktop you take

In phase 2 we just choose the desktops, we have learned from the ArcoLinux iso

  1. i3
  2. Openbox
  3. Xfce

In phase 3 we choose any other desktop out there.

Download ArcoLinuxD from

We can install any desktop environment on ArcoLinuxD.

We provide you with a skeleton of scripts. You change them to your personal needs.
Add applications or delete applications in those scripts.

Use github if you want to save your own changed scripts based on ours. We recommend you do.
It will work as a kind of backup of what you have achieved.




 When you boot up your computer, every pc lets you get into the BIOS or SETUP be sure you have set everything correct so you can install Linux on your computer.

You should be able to boot from the usb via a keyboard shortcut  for example F8 and if you are planning to install virtual box or any other similar application you need to enable virtualization.

Here you can find everything you need to know about install linux on your computer.

Here you can find various articles about Bios and Uefi settings on different computers.


Before installing a linux distribution, you can first try it out in VirtualBox or other virtual machines.

As a matter of fact ArcoLinuxD is fine-tuned to work smoothly on VirtualBox. All packages are pre-installed.

You need to use the proper settings in VirtualBox.

You can end up with a non responding system (not enough RAM, not enough cores, not enough harddisk space).

You can end up with the wrong resolution (wrong choice of the graphics controller).

Here you can find all our articles about VirtualBox and virtual machines in general


We recommend using a USB to install ArcoLinuxD.

Here you can find our article about burning an iso to usb.


We use XFCE as means to install ArcoLinuxD.

It is the most minimal graphical Arch Linux based iso.

You need to choose how to proceed.

Either use the installer to install the software and desktop(s) you want.

Either use our scripts to install the software and desktop(s) you want.


It takes several screens to install ArcoLinuxD and will take approx. 15 minutes to install on newer hardware.

Thanks to Calamares you will have a simple and clean graphical interface.

Calamares is changing with every release. Every new release of ArcoLinuxD we use the latest calamares installer.

Over time you will see some changes in our Calamares installer.

You can always report issues on the github of calamares. It is the only way to improve calamares.

Calamares is not an ArcoLinux product.

There is so much information about
pre-installation and post-installation
Check these two categories

check all
pre-installation articles

check all
post-installation articles

Planning to dual-boot and use intel-ucode or amd-code
follow this tutorial to fix your grub

Use our “everything you need to know about calamares to solve any issue”

ArcoLinuxD is the most minimal iso. If you do not install any packages, it is the most bare version we have and it can give you the Arch Linux look and feel.

There is no

  • bluetooth
  • printers
  • sound

You will still need to install those with our scripts from the ArcoLinuxD githubs. This does not change.

With the latest version of Calamares you have the freedom to choose what packages to install on the fly. Internet connection is required.

You can select if you want a different kernel or decide to install nvidia packages.

You can decide to install the microcode.

As extra option you can also use one of 4 available display managers

  1. lightdm
  2. sddm
  3. gdm
  4. lxdm

You select any of the additional software from the list.

We have created an ArcoLinux-meta-steam package to install steam the efficient way.

We have created an ArcoLinux-meta-fun package to install all the packages from our fun script.

Choose either Libre Office Fresh or Libre Office Still.

Choose either Virtualbox for linux or linux-lts kernel.

If you change the language in Calamares, you will also change the language of Libre Office

Internet connection is required

After installing and booting into ArcoLinuxD you end up in a black screen.
Log into your system.

First update your computer


Arch Linux and ArcoLinux packages will be updated


Skel is essential for Tiling Window Managers as the code for the desktop is still in /etc/skel. We move the configs to our home directory.


AUR packages will be updated

Then we enable the display manager of our choice

sudo systemctl enable lightdm
sudo systemctl enable sddm
sudo systemctl enable gdm
sudo systemctl enable lxdm

then you reboot and you will boot into a graphical environment.

sudo reboot

Playlist of all installation videos