Arch Handbook

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This handbook has only just been started. It's currently a rather bare outline. Please edit it and make it better! Look at the FreeBSD Handbook as a style guide.

Most sections should be a summary, with a link to the main article on the subject.

Getting Started


Introduction text here.

Installing Arch Linux

Short installation text, link to the full guide.

Linux Basics

A few basics on the file system and command line, for people starting Unix/Linux with Arch.

Installing Software: Pacman

Some basics on Pacman options, how repositories work, etc.

X11 and Graphical Desktop Environments

Basics of X11 concepts, installation and configuration of Gnome, KDE, etc.

Common Tasks

Desktop Applications

Web browsers, office suites, etc.


Video players, music jukeboxes, photo management, how to get codecs.


CUPS installation and configuration, finding drivers.

System Administration

Configuration and Tuning

Details on some common configuration (init, cron).

Users and Basic Account Management

Creating and managing users with command-line utilities.


Network Configuration

How networks are set up in Arch.


Mail, web, SSH server installation and configuration.


Basic firewall concepts, how to use iptables.