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Welcome to the ArchWiki: your source for Arch Linux documentation on the web.

Visit the Table of Contents for a listing of ArchWiki categories.

Getting started

The following links are useful for those getting started with Arch Linux.

Arch Linux
A brief overview of Arch Linux; describes what to expect from an Arch Linux system.
The Arch Way
Describes the principles and philosophy of Arch Linux.
Arch Compared to Other Distributions
Summarizes the similarities and differences between Arch and other distributions.
Forum Etiquette
Guidelines for Arch forum members.
ArchWiki Tutorial
A short tutorial on editing and contributing to the Arch Linux wiki.
Beginners' Guide
A guide through the whole process of installing and configuring Arch Linux; written for new or inexperienced users.
Official Arch Linux Install Guide
A more general installation guide; assuming the user is more experienced in UNIX/GNU/Linux methodology.
FAQ
A list of common and frequently asked questions.
General Recommendations
An annotated index of other popular articles and often-referenced information.

Popular topics

A handful of the most popular topics are outlined below.

Package management
Packages in Arch Linux are built using makepkg and a custom build script for each package (known as a PKGBUILD). Once packaged, software can be installed and managed with pacman. PKGBUILDs for software in the official repositories are available from the ABS tree; thousands more are available from the (unsupported) Arch User Repository.
Graphical user interface
Category:X Server
Access control
Users and groups are used on GNU/Linux for access control. The superuser (root) has complete access to the operating system and its configuration; it is intended for administrative use only. Unprivileged users can use the su and sudo programs for controlled privilege escalation.
Networking
Arch Linux provides netctl for network management. netctl supports wired connections on desktops and servers, as well as wireless setups and roaming for mobile users, facilitating easy management of network profiles. For alternatives see Network managers.
Boot process
In order to boot Arch Linux, a Linux-capable boot loader such as GRUB, Syslinux, LILO or GRUB Legacy must be installed to the Master Boot Record or the GUID Partition Table. The boot loader is responsible for loading the kernel and initial ramdisk before initiating the boot process.

Help

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