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Warning: Arch Linux only has official support for systemd. When using OpenRC, please mention so in support requests.

OpenRC is a service manager maintained by the Gentoo developers. OpenRC is dependency based and works with the system provided init program, normally SysVinit.


OpenRC and accompanying packages are available in the AUR. For details on init components, see Init.

Install either the openrcAUR or openrc-gitAUR package. openrc-sysvinitAUR or busybox are used as the init process. Service files are available from the openrc-arch-services-gitAUR package.

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To maintain compability with initscripts-forkAUR, configuration files are installed to /etc/openrc/. The sysvinit init binary is installed to /usr/bin/init-openrc for compability with systemd-sysvcompat or similar packages.


For booting with OpenRC add init=/usr/bin/init-openrc to the kernel parameters. To switch back to systemd, remove the parameter again.

The /etc/openrc/conf.d directory, and the /etc/openrc/rc.d file is used for configuration.


For general information on configuring OpenRC, see:


See Init#Configuration.


OpenRC services are enabled by issuing rc-update add service_name runlevel as root. It is recommended to at least enable the following services:

Service name Runlevel Description
udev sysinit Device hot-plugging
alsa default ALSA state
acpid default ACPI events
dbus default Messaging bus
dcron default Scheduling
syslog-ng default System logs

See also Native services and Daemons.


The network is configured through newnet. [1] Modify the /etc/openrc/conf.d/network file; both the ip (iproute2) and the ifconfig (net-tools) commands are supported. Below is an example configuration using ip.

ifup_eth0="ip link set \$int mtu 1500"

The network service is added to the boot runlevel by default, so no further action is required. See Network configuration for general networking information.

Note: You may also use NetworkManager, dhcpcd or netcfgAUR by enabling the respective services. netcfg mimics the netctl behaviour (see [2] if you want to enable profiles connection on booting - requires wpa_actiond). You could consult the official documentation or old wiki documentation (be aware of consulting version later than 2012-05-13)

Boot logs

To enable boot logging, uncomment the rc_logger="YES" line in /etc/openrc/rc.conf. When enabled, boot logs are stored in /var/log/rc.log.


OpenRC sets the hostname from /etc/openrc/conf.d/hostname. The file looks as follows:

# Set to the hostname of this machine

Kernel modules

OpenRC uses /etc/openrc/conf.d/modules instead of /etc/modules-load.d. For example:

# You should consult your kernel documentation and configuration
# for a list of modules and their options.

modules="vboxdrv acpi_cpufreq"


Keyboard layout can be configured via /etc/openrc/conf.d/keymaps and /etc/openrc/conf.d/consolefont. You can also configure the settings through the /etc/locale.conf file, which is sourced via /etc/profile.d/

See [3] and Locale for details.


See DM-Crypt - Gentoo-en for automatically mounting encrypted LVM or other block devices.

Tips and tricks

Quiet booting

To hide boot messages from OpenRC, you can edit /etc/inittab and add --quiet to every openrc command. For further information check with $ openrc -h.


Error while unmounting /tmp

When shutting the system down, you might get an error message such as

* Unmounting /tmp ... 
* in use but fuser finds nothing [ !! ]

This can be fixed by adding


to /etc/openrc/conf.d/localmount

Note: This problem occurs only if your tmp is mounted as a tmpfs.

Disabling IPv6 does not work

One option is to add:

# Disable ipv6
net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

in a file with a .conf extension under /etc/openrc/sysctl.d

During shutdown remounting root as read-only fails

If the above happens, edit the /etc/openrc/init.d/mount-ro file and put:

telinit u

after the following line:

# Flush all pending disk writes now
sync; sync

/etc/sysctl.conf not found

By default, sysctl --system is called to load the sysctl configuration. [4] This includes the /etc/sysctl.conf file, which was removed from Arch. [5]

To prevent a missing file error, create the file:

# touch /etc/sysctl.conf

opentmpfiles-setup failed to start

On booting openrc you may see lines like these :

* Setting up tmpfiles.d entries ...
chattr: Operation not supported while setting flags on /var/log/journal
chattr: No such file or directory while trying to stat /var/log/journal/%m
chattr: Operation not supported while setting flags on /var/log/journal/remote
[ !! ]
ERROR: opentmpfiles-setup failed to start

This is caused by /usr/lib/tmpfiles.d/journal-nocow.conf using options that are only valid if journal is on a btrfs filesystem.

See for details

A workaround is to create an empty /etc/tmpfiles.d/journal-nocow.conf to override the settings.

Using OpenRC with a desktop environment

If using OpenRC with a desktop environment, ConsoleKit may help. Install the service to /etc/openrc/init.d, and enable it:

# rc-update add consolekit default

See ConsoleKit for more information.

See also