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Arch Linux encrypted installation

Download Arch Linux

  1. Download the archiso image from
  2. Verify your iso.
    1. Download the PGP signature.
    2. Check if your downloaded image has a good signature
      1. $ gpg --keyserver-options auto-key-retrieve --verify archlinux-<version>-dual.iso.sig
  3. Copy the iso to an USB stick
    1. Insert your USB stick or SD card and check with $ lsblk to which device it is mapped. You probably recognize your stick from the specific size it has.
    2. If mounted umount the mounted partitions it, replace /dev/sdXY with the correct path (X) and correct partition number (Y).
      1. $ sudo umount -R /dev/sdXY
    3. Convert and copy the downloaded iso to your stick. Replace /dev/sdX with the correct path.
      1. $ sudo dd if=archlinux.iso of=/dev/sdX && sync # on linux
  4. Now you have bootable Arch Linux USB stick or SD card.
    1. If it does not boot, make sure secure boot is disabled in BIOS and your SD card is your first boot device.

Installation of base system

Follow my gist arch-linux-uefi-encrypted-install. All steps to install a basic Arch Linux system on your PC is explained there. I try to keep it up-to date.

Installation of GUI

The basic Arch Linux installation does not come with a GUI. How to install it, you can use my other gist arch-linux-gnome-install which explains how to install a minimal Gnome with some frequently used programs. Gnome has become my favorite desktop environment over time.


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