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Note: Arch uses systemd by default. If you use openrc, please mention so while asking for help.

OpenRC is an alternate init system developed by Gentoo developers. OpenRC is a dependency based init system that works with the system provided init program, normally /sbin/init. It is not a replacement for /sbin/init.


OpenRC is available in the AUR. You can choose to install either openrcAUR or openrc-gitAUR package. You will also need to install openrc-arch-services-gitAUR (provides service files for use with openrc on arch) and openrc-sysvinitAUR.

The packages will be installed under /etc/openrc instead of the default location of /etc, so that users can switch to initscripts or systemd when desired.

Once installed the packages you need to add init=/sbin/init-openrc in the kernel boot line of your bootloader configuration.


For booting with OpenRC add init=/sbin/init-openrc to the kernel line of your bootloader. If you want to go back to systemd replace it with init=/bin/systemd.

For detailed instructions on configuring OpenRC, visit the gentoo guide.

It is worth noting that the udev service is not enabled by default. In order to enable it:

#rc-update add udev default