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.
NOTE: The Artix ISO does not seem to support UEFI only systems. On such a system, a successfull Artix install is possible by booting an Arch Linux ISO, converting the Arch live system to Artix as described here, and then continuing with the installation steps below. Before migrating the Arch Live system to Artix it is necessary to increase the size of the overlay tmpfs; this is done by
mount -o remount,size=4G /
(make sure your system has enough RAM). Adapt the size to what you need; the pacman commands will show what they need to download and install, the sum of both plus something more is needed.
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:
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. Next, format the new partitions, for example as ext4:
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. Now, mount your partitions:
swapon /dev/sda1 mount /dev/sda2 /mnt mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/home (if created) mount /dev/sda4 /mnt/boot (if created)
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 and update the repositories:
ping artixlinux.org pacman -Syy
Use basestrap to install the base and optionally the base-devel package groups and your preferred init (currently available:
basestrap /mnt base base-devel openrc
basestrap /mnt base base-devel runit
Use fstabgen to generate
/etc/fstab, use -U for UUIDs and -L for partition labels:
fstabgen -L /mnt >>/mnt/etc/fstab
Check the resulting fstab for errors before rebooting. Now, you can chroot into your new Artix system with:
First, install grub and os-prober (for detecting other installed operating systems):
pacman -S grub os-prober grub-install --recheck /dev/sda grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Create a user and password:
useradd -m user passwd user
Set root password:
pacman -S networkmanager networkmanager-openrc network-manager-applet rc-update add NetworkManager default
nano /etc/locale.gen <- uncomment your locale locale-gen
To set the locale systemwide, edit
/etc/profile.d/locale.sh (which is sourced by
/etc/bash/bashrc.d/local.bashrc; user-specific changes may be made to their respective
~/.bashrc, for example:
export LANG="en_US.UTF-8" export LC_COLLATE="C"
Now, you can reboot and enter into your new installation:
exit <- exit chroot environment umount -R /mnt reboot
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. To get a graphical environment you need to install the xorg group:
pacman -S xorg
Choose your packages, or just install all of them. For the closed-source nvidia drivers you can use the nvidia-lts package, as our default kernel is linux-lts:
pacman -S nvidia-lts
Older nvidia cards work with the legacy series, nvidia-340xx-lts and nvidia-304xx-lts. If you want to run a custom kernel, you can install the respective nvidia dkms package which ensures all installed kernels get their nvidia modules. AMD and Intel cards enjoy excellent (or near-excellent) 3D support with open-source drivers. Read the Arch wiki, for information on how Xorg chooses the best available video driver and which one is optimal for your hardware.
Install a desktop environment, for example MATE, LXQt or XFCE4:
pacman -S mate mate-extra xfce4 xfce4-goodies lxqt
And optionally a display manager, like LXDM or SDDM:
pacman -S lxdm displaymanager-openrc rc-update add xdm default nano /etc/conf.d/xdm <- edit and set DISPLAYMANAGER="lxdm"
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 libsystemd-dummy and systemd-dummy.
pacman -S systemd-dummy libsystemd-dummy