Arch Linux on Raspberry Pi
instructions on how to setup Arch on the Raspberry Pi

This article will be mainly used as a reference when I write about installing software on a Raspberry Pi running Arch Linux, so I can assume some basic software and settings to be present. It will also be updated from time to time.

Create SD card

Create the SD card following these instructions

Basic setup

Before doing anything else its a good idea to change the root password.



You will need a wired internet connection (or an open wireless network).

If you later want to use a secure wifi you will need to install wpa_supplicant and setup the network with netctl.

pacman -Syu
pacman -S wpa_supplicant crda

Uncomment your country

nano /etc/conf.d/wireless-regdom

Configure your network

cd /etc/netctl/
cp examples/wireless-wpa some_name
nano some_name

Either enable your network config

netctl enable some_name

or enable auto switching of network configs

pacman -S wpa_actiond
systemctl enable netctl-auto@wlan0.service


Add a new user xyz

useradd xyz
passwd xyz
mkdir /home/xyz
chown xyz /home/xyz  

Install sudo

pacman -S sudo

Uncomment %sudo ALL=(ALL) ALL

export EDITOR=nano

Enable sudo for user xyz

groupadd sudo
usermod -aG sudo xyz

Disable root login

passwd -l root

Remove default user alarm

userdel alarm 
rm -r /home/alarm

Tips & Tricks

Change timezone

timedatectl set-timezone Europe/Berlin

Change the hostname

hostnamectl set-hostname new_name_here

Change the keyboard layout

localectl set-keymap de-latin1