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brltty Accessibility Braille display driver for Linux/Unix We need this to provide a braille terminal for the blind and sight-impaired. n/a accessibility, CLI
espeakup Accessibility A light weight connector for espeak-ng and speakup We need this for text-to-speech functionality. This is essential for accessibility. n/a audio
alsa-utils Audio Advanced Linux Sound Architecture - Utilities: This contains (among other utilities) the alsamixer and amixer utilities. amixer is a shell command to change audio settings, while alsamixer provides a more intuitive ncurses based interface for audio device configuration. We need these to make it easy to manage sound. Sound is an accessibility concern. n/a accessibility, CLI, utils
livecd-sounds Audio Sound files for accessibility features in a boot medium These are the accessibility sounds. n/a accessibility n/a
sof-firmware Audio Sound Open Firmware To get soundcards working, also more generally for DSP signal processing. n/a drivers, sound
edk2-shell Boot EDK2 UEFI Shell Tools to work with the UEFI boot system (contemporary replacement for BIOS). n/a boot, BIOS, UEFI, CLI, utils
efibootmgr Boot Linux user-space application to modify the EFI Boot Manager For UEFI systems, we need this to create and destroy boot entries, change the boot order, change the next running boot option, and more. n/a boot, BIOS, UEFI, CLI, utils
mkinitcpio Boot Modular initramfs image creation utility This is the tool that creates the file which gets loaded into memory and acts as the boot-time root filesystem. n/a boot, RAM, CLI, utils
mkinitcpio-archiso Boot Initcpio scripts used by archiso These are to help setup the initrd of the live media. n/a boot, RAM, utils n/a
mkinitcpio-nfs-utils Boot ipconfig and nfsmount tools for NFS root support in mkinitcpio For if you want to boot from NFS (network storage) n/a boot, networking, disk
syslinux Boot Collection of boot loaders that boot from FAT, ext2/3/4 and btrfs filesystems, from CDs and via PXE Allows boot from drives, CDs, over network with PXE. (GRUB is a more robust alternative) boot, networking, disk
cloud-init Cloud The standard for customising cloud instances It is needed in Arch Linux images that are built with the intention of being launched in cloud environments like OpenStack, AWS etc. n/a image, cloud-config
gnu-netcat Communications GNU rewrite of netcat, the network piping application netcat is a CLI swiss army knife for networking, so here it is. network-client, network-server, LAN, WAN, sockets, CLI, utils
irssi Communications Modular text mode IRC client with Perl scripting A chat client. Why not chat to us from the live environment? chat, IRC
lftp Communications Sophisticated command line based FTP client We include this for any HTTP, FTP, SFTP, FISH, and BitTorrent client operations you may need to perform. network-client, LAN, WAN, CLI, utils
lynx Communications A text browser for the World Wide Web Lets you browse the web, e.g. to read the Arch Wiki Installation Guide CLI, browser
nmap Communications Utility for network discovery and security auditing Included for, e.g., polling for open ports on your network (many uses) n/a network-client, LAN, WAN, CLI, utils, security
openssh Communications Premier connectivity tool for remote login with the SSH protoco We include this to allow any remote logins you might need to do from the live environment. n/a network-client, network-server, WAN, CLI, utils, networking, encryption
pv Communications A terminal-based tool for monitoring the progress of data through a pipeline "Pipe Viewer" lets you see visually how far along a data transfer is in the terminal (similar to how pacman eats data when pulling packages) n/a CLI, utils, networking n/a
base Core-system Metapackage: Minimal package set to define a basic Arch Linux installation This is the heart of the system. The packages we believe are essential for a very minimal install. n/a system
linux Core-system The Linux kernel and modules What makes the system run. n/a system
linux-firmware Core-system Firmware files for Linux These are the most essential proprietary device firmware binary blobs. n/a system n/a
amd-ucode CPU Microcode update image for AMD CPUs: Stability updates for the processor. Makes machines with AMD processors more reliable and secure. n/a reliability, security
intel-ucode CPU Microcode update files for Intel CPUs Makes machines with Intel processors more reliable and secure. n/a reliability, security
btrfs-progs Filesystem Btrfs filesystem utilities We need this to make it possible to manage the btrfs fileystem (the next most common choice from ext4) CLI, utils, disk
clonezilla Filesystem ncurses partition and disk imaging/cloning program We include this to allow convenient disk backup and partitioning operations. backup, clone, partition, disk
cryptsetup Filesystem Userspace setup tool for transparent encryption of block devices using dm-crypt We include this to allow you to encrypt your filesystems. n/a encryption, CLI, utils
ddrescue Filesystem GNU data recovery tool We include this to allow for robust data copy/recovery from the live environment. backup, clone, data-recovery
dmraid Filesystem Device mapper RAID interface We include this so that you can, e.g., setup dual-boot with Arch and another OS (there are other uses too). n/a RAID, boot
dosfstools Filesystem DOS filesystem utilities For working with FAT filesystems (e.g., floppies or small USB disks) n/a windows, disk
e2fsprogs Filesystem Ext2/3/4 filesystem utilities Tools to work with the most common Linux filesystems. n/a CLI, utils, disk
exfatprogs Filesystem exFAT filesystem userspace utilities for the Linux Kernel exfat drive Useful for managing devices using exFAT filesystem (e.g. large USB drives). n/a CLI, utils, disk
f2fs-tools Filesystem Tools for Flash-Friendly File System (F2FS) Useful for managing devices using F2FS filesystem (e.g. eMMC and SD cards) n/a CLI, utils, disk
fatresize Filesystem A utility to resize FAT filesystems using libparted Useful to resize FAT disk partitions. n/a CLI, utils, partition, disk n/a
fsarchiver Filesystem Safe and flexible file-system backup and deployment tool Another option for backup and copy operations. CLI, backup, clone, partition, disk
gpart Filesystem Partition table rescue/guessing tool This can guess the contents of a destroyed MBR partition table. CLI, partition, recovery
gptfdisk Filesystem A text-mode partitioning tool that works on GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks Allows you to manage partitions for the newer style GUID GPT disks (vs older MBR) n/a CLI, disk, partition
hdparm Filesystem A shell utility for manipulating Linux IDE drive/driver parameters Helps with managing physical disk drives (e.g. put a drive to sleep). n/a CLI, utils, disk
jfsutils Filesystem JFS filesystem utilities CLI tools to work with Journaled File System CLI, utils, disk
lsscsi Filesystem A tool that lists devices connected via SCSI and its transports CLI tool to see info about SCSI devices, e.g. disk drives n/a CLI, utils, disk n/a
lvm2 Filesystem Logical Volume Manager 2 utilities Allows you to setup logical volumes (partitioning independent of physical disks) n/a CLI, utils, disk, partition
mc Filesystem A file manager that emulates Norton Commander Lets you interactively manage your files in the terminal. CLI, utils, curses
mdadm Filesystem A tool for managing/monitoring Linux md device arrays, also known as Software RAID Software RAID management. We include this so that you can, e.g., setup dual-boot with Arch and another OS (there are other uses too). n/a CLI, utils, disk
mtools Filesystem A collection of utilities to access MS-DOS disks For working with FAT filesystems (e.g., floppies or small USB disks) n/a disk, CLI, utils
nbd Filesystem tools for network block devices, allowing you to use remote block devices over TCP/IP For if you want to boot from NBD (network storage) n/a networking, disk
nfs-utils Filesystem Support programs for Network File Systems For if you're working with NFS (network storage) n/a networking, disk
nilfs-utils Filesystem A log-structured file system supporting continuous snapshotting (userspace utils) For working with NILFS2 filesystems. n/a CLI, utils, disk
ntfs-3g Filesystem NTFS filesystem driver and utilities To allow read/write access to NTFS (Windows) filesystems n/a disk, CLI, utils
nvme-cli Filesystem NVM-Express user space tooling for Linux Tools for working with fast, new SSDs over PCI-e (NVMe) n/a disk, CLI, utils
partclone Filesystem Utilities to save and restore used blocks on a partition Allows you to back up and restore partitions in a used-blocks-only manner. CLI, backup, clone, partition, disk, utils
parted Filesystem A program for creating, destroying, resizing, checking and copying partitions A commonly used option for partitioning disks. CLI, partition, disk, utils
partimage Filesystem Partition Image saves partitions in many formats to an image file. Allows you to back up and restore partitions in an imaging-based manner. CLI, partition, disk, backup, image, utils n/a
reiserfsprogs Filesystem Reiserfs utilities Useful for managing devices using ReiserFS filesystem CLI, utils, disk
rsync Filesystem A fast and versatile file copying tool for remote and local files One of the most robust and versatile tools for all sorts of file copy activity, particularly keeping things syncronized. disk, networking, CLI, utils
sdparm Filesystem An utility similar to hdparm but for SCSI devices Helps with managing SCSI disk drives (e.g. put a drive to sleep). n/a CLI, utils, disk
sg3_utils Filesystem Generic SCSI utilities A general toolset to send low level commands to SCSI devices (e.g. SAS, CD/DVD, Fibre Channel). n/a CLI, utils, disk n/a, see:
smartmontools Filesystem Control and monitor S.M.A.R.T. enabled ATA and SCSI Hard Drives CLI tools to help you check on the health of your disks. n/a CLI, utils, disk
squashfs-tools Filesystem Tools for squashfs, a highly compressed read-only filesystem for Linux. For working with SquashFS filesystems; used, e.g., for archives. n/a CLI, utils, disk
testdisk Filesystem Checks and undeletes partitions + PhotoRec, signature based recovery tool Helps recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses, or human error, such as the accidental deletion of partition tables. CLI, backup, data-recovery, partition, disk
udftools Filesystem Linux tools for UDF filesystems and DVD/CD-R(W) drives For working with UDF filesystems (e.g., on CD/DVDs) n/a disk, CLI, utils
xfsprogs Filesystem XFS filesystem utilities Tools to work with XFS filesystems. n/a CLI, utils, disk
man-db Help A utility for reading man pages So that you can get help on commands in the terminal. n/a documentation
man-pages Help Linux man pages So that you can get help on commands in the terminal. n/a documentation
gpm Input A mouse server for the console and xterm Included to allow you to use mouse in the terminal for, e.g., curses applications. n/a mouse, CLI
arch-install-scripts Install Scripts to aid in installing Arch Linux: (e.g., arch-chroot, genfstab, pacstrap) We write these to make it easier to get the system running. n/a CLI, utils
archinstall Install The official guided installer. We wrote this to streamline the install process for the most common uses. CLI, utils
memtest86+ Memory Advanced memory diagnostic too So that you can ensure your RAM is stable / error free. n/a CLI, utils, RAM
b43-fwcutter Networking firmware extractor for the b43 kernel module We included this to enable Wi-Fi support for very common Broadcom chipset devices. Drivers, Wi-Fi, Kernel-module
bind-tools (this has been replaced by bind and not updated yet) Networking A complete, highly portable implementation of the DNS protocol We included this to allow resolving domain names, e.g. n/a CLI, utils, server
broadcom-wl Networking Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver We included this to enable Wi-Fi support for very common Broadcom chipset devices. Drivers, Wi-Fi
crda Networking Central Regulatory Domain Agent for wireless networks We need this to tell your Wi-Fi card which frequencies it's legal to use in your country (deprecated alternative to wireless-regdb) wireless-regdb Wi-Fi
dhclient Networking A standalone DHCP client from the dhcp package We include this so that your computer can receive an IP from, e.g., your home router. network-client
dhcpcd Networking RFC2131 compliant DHCP client daemon Alternative to dhclient above. network-client
dnsmasq Networking Lightweight, easy to configure DNS forwarder and DHCP server Serves as a DNS cache and provides a DHCP server if you need to use the live environment as a router. n/a network-server
ethtool Networking Utility for controlling network drivers and hardware Useful for managing your wired NIC. n/a CLI, utils
ipw2100-fw Networking Intel Centrino Drivers firmware for IPW2100 Wi-Fi drivers for common Intel chipset n/a Wi-Fi, LAN, Drivers
ipw2200-fw Networking Firmware for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Wi-Fi drivers for common Intel chipset n/a Wi-Fi, LAN, Drivers
iw Networking nl80211 based CLI configuration utility for wireless devices Allows you to configure your Wi-Fi networking. n/a Wi-Fi, LAN, CLI, utils
iwd Networking Internet Wireless Daemon Provides iwctl tool. Use to connect to wi-fi networks. wpa_supplicant Wi-Fi, LAN, CLI, utils
linux-atm Networking Drivers and tools to support ATM networking under Linux. Why do we include this? n/a WAN, obsolete n/a
modemmanager Networking Mobile broadband modem management service To control 3G/4G modems (e.g. USB devices or bluetooth-paired phones) n/a cellular-data, WAN, CLI, utils
ndisc6 Networking Collection of IPv6 networking utilities For if you need to use IPv6 n/a networking, utils n/a
openconnect Networking Open client for Cisco AnyConnect VPN Allows you to connect to a Cisco VPN network-client, encryption, WAN, VPN
openvpn Networking An easy-to-use, robust and highly configurable VPN (Virtual Private Network) Allows you to connect to an OpenVPN network network-client, encryption, WAN, VPN
ppp Networking A daemon which implements the Point-to-Point Protocol for dial-up networking Allows use of, e.g., 3G, L2TP, and PPPoE for networking. n/a radio, 3G, dial-up, WAN
pptpclient Networking Client for the proprietary Microsoft Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, PPTP Allow connection to PPTP VPNs, (e.g. Microsoft-based) network-client, encryption, VPN
rp-pppoe Networking Roaring Penguin's Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet client Allows you to connect to, e.g., a DSL internet provider n/a network-client, WAN, CLI, utils
systemd-resolvconf Networking systemd resolvconf replacement (for use with systemd-resolved) It's a DNS middleware to help manage /etc/resolv.conf (since lots of software might want to dynamically manage it) n/a network-client, utils
tcpdump Networking Powerful command-line packet analyzer Lets you see what TCP/IP packets are coming and going from your system. network-debug
vpnc Networking VPN client for cisco3000 VPN Concentrators Allows you to connect to a Cisco hardware VPN n/a network-client, encryption, WAN, VPN
wireless-regdb Networking Central Regulatory Domain Database We need this to tell your Wi-Fi card which frequencies it's legal to use in your country crda Wi-Fi
wireless_tools Networking Tools allowing to manipulate the Wireless Extensions Tools like iwconfig and iwlist to help configure your Wi-Fi NICs. Wi-Fi, CLI, utils
wpa_supplicant Networking A utility providing key negotiation for WPA wireless networks A tool for connecting to Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi, CLI, utils
wvdial Networking A dialer program to connect to the Internet A tool to connect to PPP networks, for internet access (e.g. over a 3G modem). n/a radio, 3G, dial-up, WAN
xl2tpd Networking an open source implementation of the L2TP Mostly to allow PPP-based internet connections. n/a radio, 3G, dial-up, WAN
reflector Package-management A Python 3 module and script to retrieve and filter the latest Pacman mirror list Allows you to get the latest mirror list from the Arch Linux Mirror Status page, filter the most up-to-date mirrors, sort them by speed and overwrite the file /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist n/a pacman, CLI, utils
pcsclite Radio PC/SC Architecture smartcard middleware library Allows interaction with smartcard and NFC devices. n/a nfc
libfido2 Security Library functionality for FIDO 2.0, including communication with a device over USB Allows use of a 2nd factor hardware authenticator, e.g. for SSH connections. n/a auth
sudo Security Give certain users the ability to run some commands as root A tool to, e.g., help avoid doing too much with the most privileged root user. n/a auth
tpm2-tss Security Implementation of the TCG Trusted Platform Module 2.0 Software Stack (TSS2) Libraries to work with a TPM and enable, e.g., secure-boot, key storage, and RNG n/a encryption, utils
darkhttpd Server A small and secure static webserver We include this for instances you might need a simple web server, e.g. to use the live environment as a PXE boot server. web-server, http
grml-zsh-config Shell grml's zsh setup Some zsh shell configs oriented towards sysadmins and live installer use (from the GRML project). See: n/a config
zsh Shell A very advanced and programmable command interpreter (shell) for UNIX The shell and terminal interpreter used for the live environment. (bash is a common alternative) CLI, terminal
kitty-terminfo Terminal Terminfo for kitty, an OpenGL-based terminal emulator Why do we include this? I don't see kitty itself included. config, CLI
rxvt-unicode-terminfo Terminal Terminfo files for urxvt Why do we include this? I don't see rxvt itself included. config, CLI
screen Terminal GNU Screen: Full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal Allows you to, e.g., setup a persistent terminal you can detach from and come back to later. persistence, CLI
terminus-font Terminal Monospace bitmap font (for X11 and console) We like this console font. fonts
tmux Terminal A terminal multiplexer Allows you to, e.g., setup a persistent terminal you can detach from and come back to later (a more modern alterantive to screen) persistence, CLI
libusb-compat USB Library to enable user space application programs to communicate with USB devices We include this to simplify USB device interaction. n/a n/a
usb_modeswitch USB Activating switchable USB devices on Linux. For changing the running mode of USB devices (e.g., mass-storage or controllable for a digicam) n/a CLI, utils
usbmuxd USB USB Multiplex Daemon For connecting to iOS (Apple mobile) devices n/a iOS
usbutils USB A collection of USB tools to query connected USB devices Useful to, e.g., list attached USB devices (lsusb). graphical: usbview CLI, utils n/a (there probably ought to be a wiki page about this…)
diffutils Utilities Utility programs used for creating patch files Very important for comparing files and applying patches. n/a CLI, utils
less Utilities A terminal based program for viewing text files Provides pagination for, e.g., viewing large text files in a terminal n/a CLI, utils n/a
nano Utilities Pico editor clone with enhancements A simple text editor, e.g. for changing config files utils, text
vim Utilities Vi Improved, a highly configurable, improved version of the vi text editor The go-to configurable, quick-loading text editor of many sysadmins. Steep learning curve. utils, text
qemu-guest-agent Virtualization QEMU Guest Agent Allows you to send QMP commands to a guest virtual machine within the live environment. n/a VM, CLI, utils n/a, see:
virtualbox-guest-utils-nox Virtualization VirtualBox Guest userspace utilities without X support For if you are running the live environment as a Virtualbox Guest VM n/a VM, utils