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Note: If you want to create an official mirror see this page.


It is generally frowned upon to create a local mirror due the bandwidth that is required. One of the alternatives will likely fulfill your needs. Please look at the alternatives below.


Local Mirror

Things to keep in mind:

  • Bandwidth is not free for the mirrors. They must pay for all the data they serve you
    • This still applies although you pay your ISP
  • There are many packages that will be downloaded that you will likely never use
  • Mirror operators will much prefer you to download only the packages you need
  • Really please look at the alternatives above

If you are absolutely certain that a local mirror is the only sensible solution, then follow the pointers below.

Server Configuration

Building Rsync Command

  • Use the rsync arguments from DeveloperWiki:NewMirrors
  • Select a server from the above article
  • Exclude files you don't want by including --exclude-from="/path/to/exclude.txt" in the rsync arguments


  • Insure to include community-testing, testing, and multilib if you don't use those repositories
    • TIP: If you only need i686 packages exclude x86_64 by including core/os/x86_64 in exclude.txt
      • Do the oposite if you need x86_64 packages only
      • Insure you do this for core, extra, and testing

Example: rsync $rsync_arguments --exclude="/path/to/exclude.txt" rsync://example.com/ /path/to/destination


Client Configuration

  • Add the proper Server= variable in /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
  • For physical media (such as flash drive) the following can be used: Server = file:///mnt/media/repo