It is possible to install any init system (openrc, runit, s6) from any ISO.

Fresh Artix installation from bootable media

Artix can either be installed through the console or the GUI installer. The GUI install is quite straightforward, we'll focus on the console installation procedure here. The installation images are confirmed to work on both BIOS and UEFI systems.

Set the keyboard layout

To check the available layout types:

 ls -R /usr/share/kbd/keymaps

Then type the name of the layout without the extension. For example, to set the Spanish(Spain) layout, type:

 loadkeys es

This only sets the selected keyboard layout in the current tty and only until reboot. To make the setting permanent, you have to edit /etc/conf.d/keymaps in the installed system. It's also useful to set up /etc/vconsole.conf - it may look like this:


Partition your disk (BIOS)

Partition your hard drive (/dev/sda will be used in this guide) with fdisk or cfdisk, the partition numbers and order are at your discretion:

 cfdisk /dev/sda

If you want to install side-by-side with other operating systems, you must make some space on the disk by resizing the existing partitions. You may use gparted for this, however detailed instructions are out of the scope of this guide. See the ArchWiki

NOTE: The BIOS boot partition is necessary on UEFI systems with a GPT-partitioned disk. EFI system partition has to be created and mounted at /mnt/boot and the suggested size is around 512 MiB.

Format partitions

Next, format the new partitions, we will use ext4 in this example:

 mkfs.ext4 -L ROOT /dev/sda2        <- root partition
 mkfs.ext4 -L HOME /dev/sda3        <- home partition, optional
 mkfs.ext4 -L BOOT /dev/sda4        <- boot partition, optional
 mkswap -L SWAP /dev/sda1           <- swap partition

The -L switch assigns labels to the partitions, which helps referring to them later through /dev/disk/by-label without having to remember their numbers

If you are doing a UEFI installation, the boot partition is not optional and needs to be formatted as fat32.

 mkfs.fat -F 32 /dev/sda4
 fatlabel /dev/sda4 BOOT

Mount Partitions

Now, activate your swap space and mount your partitions:

 swapon /dev/disk/by-label/SWAP             (if created)
 mount /dev/disk/by-label/ROOT /mnt
 mkdir /mnt/boot
 mkdir /mnt/home
 mount /dev/disk/by-label/HOME /mnt/home    (if created)
 mount /dev/disk/by-label/BOOT /mnt/boot    (if created)

Connect to the internet

A working internet connection is required and assumed. A wired connection is setup automatically, if found. Wireless ones must be configured by the user. Verify your connection before you proceed. If you want connect through a wireless interface you should use wpa_supplicant and dhcpcd to set it up.


Install base system

Use basestrap to install the base and optionally the base-devel package groups and your preferred init (currently available: openrc, runit, s6, and 66):

 basestrap /mnt base base-devel openrc elogind-openrc


 basestrap /mnt base base-devel runit elogind-runit


 basestrap /mnt base base-devel s6-base elogind-s6


  basestrap /mnt base base-devel 66 elogind-suite66

If you encounter errors, you can use the -i flag of basestrap ('interactive'). Example:

 basestrap -i /mnt base

and you will be prompted to choose the respective elogind.

Install a kernel

Artix provides three kernels: linux, linux-lts and linux-zen, but you can use any other kernel you like ('-ck, -pf' etc). It is very recommended to install linux-firmware too. You can try not installing it, but some devices such as network cards may not work.

 basestrap /mnt linux linux-firmware


 basestrap /mnt linux-lts linux-firmware

Use fstabgen to generate /etc/fstab, use -U for UUIDs as source identifiers and -L for partition labels:

 fstabgen -U /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab        <- edit and verify, also set root, swap, home and etc..

Check the resulting fstab for errors before rebooting. Now, you can chroot into your new Artix system with:

 artix-chroot /mnt # formerly artools-chroot

Configure the base system

Set system clock

Set the time zone:

 ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Region/City /etc/localtime

Run hwclock to generate /etc/adjtime:

 hwclock --systohc

Note that this will default to UTC. If you use Windows and you want the time to be synchronized in both Artix and Windows, follow System_time#UTC_in_Windows:ArchWiki for instructions to enable UTC in there also.


Install a text editor of your choice (let's use nano here) and edit /etc/locale.gen, uncommenting the locales you desire:

 pacman -S nano
 nano /etc/locale.gen

Generate your desired locales running:


To set the locale systemwide, create or edit /etc/locale.conf (which is sourced by /etc/profile) or /etc/bash/bashrc.d/artix.bashrc or /etc/bash/bashrc.d/local.bashrc; user-specific changes may be made to their respective ~/.bashrc, for example:

 export LANG="en_US.UTF-8"     <-- localize in your languages
 export LC_COLLATE="C"

Boot Loader

First, install grub and os-prober (for detecting other installed operating systems):

 pacman -S grub os-prober efibootmgr
 grub-install --recheck /dev/sda (for BIOS systems)
 grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot --bootloader-id=grub (for UEFI systems)
 grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

NOTE: On GPT-partitioned drives, refer to ArchWiki:Grub article.

Alternatively, you can use some other bootloaders or even the own kernel using EFISTUB. Bear in mind that we won't cover them here since most are not supported officially and the Arch Wiki already provides enough documentation. See the ArchWiki:Bootloader article if you want to view the alternatives. If you have an Intel or AMD CPU, enable microcode updates in addition.

Add user(s)

First, set the root passwd:


Second, create a regular user and password:

 useradd -m user
 passwd user

Network configuration

Create the hostname file:

 nano /etc/hostname

Now add matching entries to hosts:

 nano /etc/hosts        localhost
 ::1              localhost        myhostname.localdomain  myhostname

If the system has a permanent IP address, it should be used instead of

If you use OpenRC you should add your hostname to /etc/conf.d/hostname too:


And install your prefered DHCP client

 pacman -S dhcpcd or dhclient

If you want to use a wireless connection, be sure to also install wpa_supplicant.

Note: In Runit and and s6, enabling a service by default at this step requires a different command than the normal one because both init systems rely on a /run (a tmpfs) to be created. That creation occurs when you actually boot into the new system. You can choose to skip these steps and and enable the services after a reboot if you wish using the commands listed on the Runit and s6 pages. Just be sure you have an internet daemon and its respective service script installed first.

  • Note for 66 users:
    • A default tree needs to be created first:
       66-tree -ncE default

In this example, we'll use connman:


Install connman and optionally a front-end:

 pacman -S connman-openrc connman-gtk (or cmst for Qt-based DEs)
 rc-update add connmand

Install connman and optionally a front-end:

 pacman -S connman-runit connman-gtk (or cmst for Qt-based DEs)
 ln -s /etc/runit/sv/connmand /etc/runit/runsvdir/default

Install connman and optionally a front-end:

 pacman -S connman-s6 connman-gtk (or cmst for Qt-based DEs)
 s6-rc-bundle-update -c /etc/s6/rc/compiled add default connmand

install '"connman''' and optionally a front-end:

  pacman -S connman-suite66 connman-gtk (or cmst for Qt-based DEs)
  Assuming your default tree is named "default"
  66-enable -t default connmand

Alternatively, if you will use openrc, Gentoo's netifrc modules can be used, these are located in /etc/init.d/ and work on a script-per-interface basis.

 ip -s link                <- Get the exact name of your interface
 nano /etc/conf.d/net        <- Add config_<interface>="dhcp"

Now the parent script /etc/init.d/net.lo should be symlinked to create additional scripts for each network interface and then loaded into an openrc runlevel.

 ln -s /etc/init.d/net.lo /etc/init.d/net.<interface>
 rc-update add net.<interface> default

Reboot the system

Now, you can reboot and enter into your new installation:

 exit                           <- exit chroot environment
 umount -R /mnt

Post installation configuration

Once shutdown is complete, remove your installation media. If all went well, you should boot into your new system. Log in as your root to complete the post-installation configuration. See Archlinux's general recommendations for system management directions and post-installation tutorials.

To get a graphical environment you need to install the xorg group:

 pacman -S xorg

Read the Archlinux's Xorg wiki, for information on how Xorg chooses the best available video driver and which one is optimal for your hardware and how properly set Xorg server.

Desktop Environment

Install your favorite desktop environment, for example KDE, GNOME, MATE, XFCE4 or LXQt:

 pacman -S plasma kde-applications

 pacman -S mate mate-extra system-config-printer blueman connman-gtk

 pacman -S xfce4 xfce4-goodies

 pacman -S lxqt

Display Login Manager

Each DM has its own openrc package, which brings openrc's DM setup in line with runit and s6 counterparts. Currently we support XDM, LightDM, GDM, SDDM and LXDM.

for example:

 pacman -S sddm-openrc or sddm-runit or sddm-s6 or sddm-suite66

Be sure to add the service to start automatically at boot time.

Or you can use .xinitrc to launch your DE manually; edit (or create) ~/.xinitrc and add exec mate-session. Notice: mate-session and quite a few other packages from the Arch repositories are compiled against systemd even if they don't actually use it, at least not as PID1; to satisfy the library link you may install elogind and its services files elogind-openrc, elogind-runit, elogind-s6, or elogind-suite66.

 pacman -S elogind

66 configuration/setup

66 uses it's own configuration to set things such as hostname, if you are using BTRFS and other options. First, if you have not done so yet, a boot tree must be created:

  66-tree -n boot

Next is to create initial boot config

  66-enable -t boot [email protected]

To change 66's config run:

  66-env -t boot -e $EDITOR [email protected]

Change options from !no to !yes if your system will use BTRFS, ZFS, etc Then to enable the changes:

  66-enable -t boot -F [email protected]