Architect Linux

Live Installer for Arch Linux

Installing Arch Linux with Architect Linux Installer

Architect Linux is a powerful easy to use installer for Arch Linux. The Architect installer is a online installer that will allow you to build an Arch Linux distribution using all the latest packages that are currently available.

The Architect installer iso image can be downloaded from the following site:

Download Architect Linux

Once you have downloaded the iso image of the "Architect Linux" installer, you will need to burn this image to a blank DVD. For software that can do this, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located towards the top of this page. Your system may already have CD/DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your "iso" image of Architect Linux to your DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system. (Assuming that this system is your intended target for installation). As your system reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot sequence order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the instructions below. If you are using Virtualization software like VirtualBox, simply copy the iso image to the relevant system folder.

Architect Linux Installer

To start your installation of Arch Linux, simply highlight the "Boot Architect Linux (x86_64)" option and press enter. Your installation will now start.

Architect Linux Installer Menu

Active Network Detected

The Architect Installer requires a live connection to enable the downloading of the latest Installation Framework.

Architect Linux Network Detected

Select Language

Select the language to be used during your installation. In the example, I have chosen "English".

Architect Linux Language Selection

Welcome to Architect Installation Framework

The installer will now download the latest packages that are available from the Arch repositories. To navigate the menu system, you will need to use the "UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT" arrow keys to highlight your selections. You can use the Tab key to switch between buttons. Press "Enter" to confirm your choices.

Architect Linux Welcome Note

Main Menu

Each step must be followed in the correct order. Once all steps have been carried out successfully, you must choose the option "Done" to finalise your installation.

Architect Linux Main Menu

Select Virtual Console

Select the keymap that matches your Country/Language. In the example "uk" has been chosen.

Architect Linux Virtual Console

Configure Mirrorlist

The configuration of a mirror list is optional, however, it is recommended as it allows you to select a source that is closer to your location. This will allow for a quicker installation.

Architect Linux Mirror List

Generate List By Country

The mirrorlist will contain the addresses of servers that can be used by the package manager "pacman". The pacman installer will access the list in order.

Architect Linux Generate Mirror List

Select Country

Select your country then confirm your choice. A list will be generated containing mirrors from the chosen country.

Architect Linux Country Mirror List

Mirror List

You should now see a list of addresses that can be used as by your system. To exit this view press "Ctrl + X"

Architect Linux Address List

Sort By Fastest List

To find the fastest server within your list, you can select option "3". The list will be re-ordered placing the fastest servers at the top of the list.

Architect Linux Fastest Server List

List Devices (Optional)

This option will list your Devices/Partitions.

Architect Linux List Devices and Partitions

Partition Disk

This option will offer various methods for the partitioning of your hard drive.

Architect Linux Partition Disk

Select Device

Your available devices will be shown here. IN this example, I have only one single disk "/dev/sda"

Architect Linux Select Disk for Partitioning

Partitioning Tool

From this screen, numerous options are available to aid you with the partitioning of your chosen disk. In this example, I am going with the "Auto Partition" option. My chosen disk will be automatically partitioned. If you are more familiar with partitioning tools, you may wish to choose one of the other manual partitioning tools that are listed.

Architect Linux Partitioning Tools

Auto Partition Tool

From this screen, you will need to confirm that you are happy to continue with the displayed option.

Architect Linux Confirm Partitioning


Your partitioning layout will be displayed. Use the "EXIT" option to continue.

Architect Linux Partitioning Layout

Logical Volume Management (Optional)

For this installation, I have opted to not use Logical Volume Management.

Mount Partitions

Next choose the option to "Mount" partitions.

Architect Linux Mount Partitions

Select ROOT Partition

From this screen we can see which partition our Arch Linux distribution will be installed to. In this example it is "sda1"

Architect Linux Select ROOT Partition

Choose Filesystem Type

From this screen we can choose what type of filesystem to use. In the example I have chosen "ext4".

Architect Linux Select filesystem type

Select SWAP Partition

If using a swapfile this will be created as the same size of your physical memory (RAM)

Architect Linux swapfile

Continue with Installation

To continue select the option "Back"

Architect Linux Continue

Install Base

The next options are for the installation of the Base.

Architect Linux Install Base

Refresh Pacman Keys

This option is used for the downloading of the latest keys for package signing.

Architect Linux Refresh pacman keys

Install Base

This option will take you to the kernel selection menu.

Architect Linux Install Base

Select a kernel

From this screen you have the option to choose which kernel you would like to use with your system. In the example, option "1" has been chosen to use the "Latest Kernel".

Architect Linux Latest Kernel

Install Bootloader

The following option will allow you to choose a boot loader for your system. A bootloader is used by your system's BIOS for loading a kernel on your system and initiating the boot process.

Architect Linux Bootloader

Select Bootloader

Two options are available. Grub2 and Syslinux. In this example I have chosen the option "Grub2".

Architect Linux Select Grub2

Confirm Bootloader Location

At this screen you will need to confirm the location to be used for the installation of your bootloader.

Architect Linux Confirm Grub2 Location

Install Wireless Device Firmware

This option will take you to a list of available wireless devices that can be installed.

Architect Linux Install Wireless Device Firmware

Select Wireless Device Firmware

Here you can choose which devices to install. You may even install all available with the "All" option.

Architect Linux Available Wireless Device Firmware

Configure Base

To continue with the installation and configure the base select this option. From the menu screen that follow you will set your hostname, TimeZone and other system information.

Architect Linux Configure Base

Configuring the Base

select each option in turn and provide the requested information.

Architect Linux Configuring Base

Generate FSTAB

This option will create the entries that are used for the mounting of devices and partitions automatically (mount table). Several options are available. In the example I have used the "UUID/PARTUUID)" option.

Architect Linux FSTAB

Configure Hostname

At this option you must supply a unique name for your computer that will be used on your network. In the example, I have chosen to set the hostname to "arch01".

Architect Linux Configure Hostname

Configure User Accounts

From the following screens you will be asked to provide a password for the "root" account. You also have the option to add other users. Simply follow the on screen instructions.

Architect Configure Users

Install Desktop(s)

The following option allows you to install a desktop onto your system.

Architect Install a Desktop

Install Graphics, Input and Sound Drivers

Before installing graphics card driver(s) or desktop environments other packages are needed first. These include alsa (sound), xorg-* (X Window System) and xf86-input* (open source drivers for input devices). Click OK for these packages to be installed - you may be prompted to install individual components depending on your hardware configuration.

Architect Install Graphics and Sound Drivers

Install Desktop (Environment(s)

Multiple desktop and windows managers are available to install. To continue with the installation of a Desktop select this option.

Architect Install a Desktop environment

Install Desktop (Environment(s)

Multiple desktop and windows managers are available to install. Use the UP/DOWN arrows to highlight your choice. In the example, I have chosen to install the "Gnome Desktop" with the "Extra" package option.

Architect Install Gnome Desktop

Install Common Packages

Some environments require common packages to be installed. To install these packages select the option "YES".

Architect Install Common Packages

Run Mkinitcpio

This option is used to create an initramfs.

Architect Mkinitcpio

Review Configuration Files

You can use this option to review your configuration files. This item is optional.


This option is used to finalise your installation. You will now see a message indicating the completion of your installation. A reboot is now necessary to use your system. Remember to remove any media from your drives.

Architect Linux Installation Complete

First Boot - Login Screen

As your system boots, you will see various information displayed on your screen. Once the system has loaded, you will be presented with a login screen. Here you will need to select the user you created earlier enter enter the associated password.

Architect Linux Gnome GSM Login Screen

Gnome Desktop

As your system boots, you will see various information displayed on your screen. Once the system has loaded, you will be presented with a login screen. Here you will need to select the user you created earlier and enter the corresponding password.

Architect Linux Gnome Desktop