ArchLabs Linux is an Arch Linux based distribution, influenced and inspired by the look and feel of BunsenLabs with the intermediate to advanced user in mind.

With the rolling release cycle of Arch Linux, the new packages will be available immediately, making upgrades a thing of the past.

The ArchLabs ISO does not include a live environment. You are straight into the console. The installer is launched from there.

Latest News

4 May 2021 - Manual Intervention Required

IMPORTANT: More changes coming after the recent refresh and Nate being back in the swing.

We’re renaming the ArchLabs repositories to be more inline with conventional naming and removing redundancy. The existing repos will be kept for a short transition period then removed, I’ve just flushed them with unstable so everything is current.

We’re also renaming the github account (ARCHLabs → ArchLabs) which should still function properly from the old links for now thanks to redirects.

Existing users will manual intervention - editing /etc/pacman.conf - near the bottom you will find the archlabs repo sections, we’re going to replace those with the following


#Server =$repo/raw/master/$arch


Server =$repo/raw/master/$arch

Server =$repo/raw/master/$arch

Server =$repo/$arch

If you’re currently using the testing/unstable repo then feel free to uncomment it, there’s no new packages in there vs stable at this time.

Be sure to run an update and sync the new repo databases afterwards

pacman -Syyu

This will very likely mean another ISO refresh in the near future before removing the old defunct repos.

Please let us know if you run into any issues or if I missed anything.

May the Fourth Be With You

2 May 2021 - Announcement

Today brings a new release of ArchLabs Linux. There aren't any major changes from the last release other than an updated base.

As usual, you can download the latest release from the Get page.

Nate's much requested window manager, dk, hasn't been included in the installer as an option but is available to install from the AUR

If you are requiring assistance or support with dk then please seek help from the dk category at the AL Forum.

Please support the ongoing development of ArchLabs at our Patreon Page.

11 November 2020 - Announcement

Exactly six months since our last release we are happy to announce our new, fresh and updated release, ArchLabs 2020.11.04. Available for immediate download.

You can download the latest release from the Get page.


Any issues or suggestions please let us know at the ArchLabs forum.

4 May 2020 - Announcement

The brand new ArchLabs 2020.05.04 release is available for download.

See the Release Notes for any changes. The new release can be downloaded from the usual spot.

Dima Belitskiy (Dimaom) has joined the ArchLabs team and has already had a postive impact.

Thanks to all involved. May the Fourth be With You.

27 March 2020 – Update

A couple of days ago Sam and I migrated the forum and this main ArchLabs website to a new host. If you notice any issues, please let us know.

21 March 2020 – Update

I have opened a new subreddit at Reddit for ArchLabs.  The link is in the sidebar.

21 March 2020 - Announcement

The ArchLabs forum due to some changes in circumstance have been moved (or are at least in the process of moving) over to a Digital Ocean Host.

Any support via Patreon is so very much appreciated and is put to keeping ArchLabs alive.

We also have a Beta ISO available for testing, grab that from here.

Any feedback regarding the new Beta can be shared here.

2 November 2019 - In Memoriam

Today I received the sad news that our good friend, early collaborator and contributor, Duncan Pringle passed away.  Rest easy DP, you were a real personality and just a downright good mate.

30 October 2019 - Update

We pushed a quick bug fix through, the current release is 2019.10.29.

29 October 2019 - Announcement

More than nine months after our last release, the ArchLabs team is happy to announce that ArchLabs 2019.10.28 is available for download. Please see the Release Notes for a list of changes.

12 October 2019 - Update

Real life has once again interrupted our work on a new release.  At this point we are looking at an early 2020 release.

20 August 2019 - Announcement

After a lengthy break ArchLabs are back in business.  Firing on all cylinders.  Keep an ear out, you’ll hear more from us soon.

5 April 2019 - Update

The ArchLabs team is in hibernation for now.  Don’t expect a release anytime soon.  Just taking a break and re-energising.

Nate and I are on the outlook for an extra developer.  Anyone interested, please send either Nate or myself a PM at the ArchLabs forum.

See you all in a bit.

27 January 2019 - Update

Baph our in house AUR helper has had an update.

20 January 2019 - Announcement

2019.20 Refresh is available for download.  For changes, see the changelog.

18 December 2018 - Update

2018.12 Release requires manual intervention for existing installs. See here for further information