Arch-based Projects

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Arch Linux is an independently developed, x86-64 general purpose GNU/Linux distribution versatile enough to suit any role. Development focuses on simplicity, minimalism, and code elegance. Arch is installed as a minimal base system, configured by the user upon which their own ideal environment is assembled by installing only what is required or desired for their unique purposes.

Arch-based projects


  • Arch Linux 32 - The community maintained continuation of 32-bit support for Arch Linux.
  • Arch Linux ARM - A distribution of Linux for ARM computers.

Not Linux

  • PacBSD - A lightweight and flexible BSD distribution that provides a base system for use of Pacman package manager.
  • Arch Hurd - A derivative work of Arch Linux porting it to the GNU Hurd system with packages optimised for the i686 architecture.
  • ArchWSL - ArchLinux as a WSL Instance.

Arch-based distros


  • Manjaro - A professionally made Linux based operating system that is a suitable replacement for Windows or macOS.
  • ArcoLinux - A full-featured distribution.
  • ArchBang Linux - A lightweight distribution based on Arch Linux.
  • Archman - An Arch Linux-based distribution which features the Calamares system installer and a pre-configured desktop environment.
  • Bluestar Linux - A GNU/Linux distribution that is based on Arch Linux.
  • EndeavourOS - A rolling release Linux distribution based on Arch Linux.
  • ArchLabs Linux - A distribution based on Arch Linux and featuring the Openbox window manager as the primary desktop interface.
  • Chakra GNU/Linux - A user-friendly and powerful distribution and live CD originally forked from Arch Linux.
  • Namib GNU/Linux - A desktop operating system based on (and compatible with) the Arch Linux distribution.
  • ArchEX - A new (190612) Linux live DVD based on Arch Linux. Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid.
  • Arch XFerience - A modern OS based on Arch Linux, built for day-to-day operations with tons of packages & features.
  • Ctlos Linux - Arch Linux based distro.
  • MagpieOS - Get a fresh experience of Arch.
  • Netrunner Rolling - Manjaro/Arch Linux based distro.
  • PuppyRus-A - Lightweight, portable and flexible Linux based on Arch, Puppy, Porteus.
  • TeLiSc OS - A simple GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux which provides you a stable Arch Linux with i3 window manager.

Specific purpose

  • BlackArch Linux - (Security/Forensics) - An Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers.
  • ArchStrike - (Security) - A distribution for security professionals and researchers based on Arch Linux.
  • SystemRescueCd - (Data Rescue) - An Arch-based Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM or USB drive, designed for repairing a system and data after a crash.
  • MorpheusArch Linux - (Data Rescue) - A distribution based on Arch Linux.
  • LinHES - (MythTV) - An attempt to make the installation of GNU/Linux and MythTV as trivial as possible.
  • UBOS - (Server) - A Linux distribution designed to greatly reduce the amount of time required to set up and maintain common network services.
  • TalkingArch - (Assistive) - A re-spin of the Arch Linux live ISO image, modified to include speech and Braille output for blind and visually-impaired users.
  • Archphile - (Raspberry Pi/ARM/Audio) - Yet another linux audio distribution for embedded boards.
  • BBQLinux - (Android Developers) - A user-friendly Linux distribution made for Android developers. It has everything on board to build AOSP or AOSP-based distributions like LineageOS or OmniROM.
  • RaspArch - (Raspberry Pi/ARM) - A “remaster” of Arch Linux ARM.

SystemD-free Arch-based distros

  • Obarun - An Arch Linux based distribution featuring the S6 init software in place of systemd.
  • Artix Linux - A fork (or continuation as an autonomous project) of the Arch-OpenRC and Manjaro-OpenRC projects.
  • Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre - A community driven effort to provide a fully free (as in freedom) operating system that is stable, secure, simple, lightweight that tries to Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) with Long Term Support (LTS).
  • Parabola GNU/Linux-libre - An unofficial "libre" variant of Arch Linux.
  • Alfheim Linux - Systemd free Arch based Linux.

Arch Linux Installers

Other projects

  • Termux Arch - Run Arch Linux ARM on your mobile phone with Termux.


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