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 historically did not include a live environment, but since the 2022.08.21 release, we have included a live session of the dk window manager.

To install ArchLabs, open the terminal, enter installer to start the installation process.

Latest News

06 February 2023 - ArchLabs 2023.02.05 Release

ArchLabs Release 2023.02.05 is now available.

This release fixes some of the issues raised at the forum.

You can download your chosen version from the download page. Just a reminder the R2 downloads will start instantly.

As usual, if you encounter any bugs or issues, please seek help at ArchLabs Forum.

Support Archlabs at Buy Me a Coffee and Patreon.

21 January 2023 - ArchLabs 2023.01.20 Release

ArchLabs Release 2023.01.20 is now available.

Welcome to 2023, is it too late into January to say "Happy New Year"? Either way, Happy New Year!

This is our first release of 2023 and comes a couple of weeks after our 6th Birthday. Six years of ArchLabs, who would have thought?

There isn't a lot new with this release, we have added dwm back to the installer and you will see that booting the ISO no longer will take you to a live session.

The live session was always just an experiment and to try something new really. Our live session still exists, so for those of you who want to check out dk in all its glory, just type startx and hit enter.

We have given the live session a nice tweak and some improvements. Also, an epic new default wallpaper from our own Will.

We have tweaked the themes, updated the ArchLabs iconset, Tint2 has had some tweaks. Nate has been chipping away at dk making it better and better with each update.

You can download your chosen version from the download page.

We now offer downloads from Cloudflare R2, please be aware the download will start instantly.

As usual, if you encounter any bugs or issues, please seek help at ArchLabs Forum.

Support Archlabs at Buy Me a Coffee and Patreon.

16 October 2022 - ArchLabs 2022.10.15 Release

ArchLabs Release 2022.10.15 is now available.

Nothing new, just mainly a refresh release with updates to correct recent installation errors.

You can download your chosen version from the download page.

As usual, if you encounter any bugs or issues, please seek help at ArchLabs Forum.

Support Archlabs at Buy Me a Coffee and Patreon.

22 August 2022 - ArchLabs 2022.08.21 Release

ArchLabs Release 2022.08.21 is available for download.

There have been a fair few changes to the offering when it comes to Desktop Environments and Window Managers. This time we have opted to include just Window Managers. These being dk, Openbox, i3-gaps, bspwm and fluxbox.

Of course all the previous offerings are available via the Arch repositories or the AUR where applicable. As this has become a regular for us, we yet again include two different kernels via separate ISO's.

The biggest change for us is the inclusion of a live session of dk.

To run the installer please open the terminal, alt+shift+enter, type installer and proceed as normal with your installation.

All keybinds can be viewed at ~/.config/sxhkd/sxhkdrc.

You can download your chosen version from the download page.

If you encounter any bugs or issues please seek help at ArchLabs Forum.

30 May 2022 - ArchLabs 2022.05.29 Release

ArchLabs Release 2022.05.29 is available for download.

This release includes updates and additions to the Sway session and other minor fixes.

You can grab the latest release here.

13 February 2022 - ArchLabs 2022.02.12 Release

Available immediately is the latest ArchLabs release, 2022.02.12.

There aren't a lot of changes but there are some tweaks to the Sway session and as well as the installer. We also are providing separate ISO's using the LTS and Vanilla kernels.

More information can be found at the Release Notes.

You can download your chosen version from the download page.

If you encounter any bugs or issues please seek help at ArchLabs Forum.

19 January 2022 - ArchLabs 2022.01.18 Release

Welcome to 2022, along with the arrival New Year there is a new ArchLabs release.

This is one of the more exciting releases we have put out in quite some time because with the new additions we also have three new team members to join Nate, Dima and myself. So before I get into the changes please welcome, Doug, Will and Piotr.

It's been amazing to have these guys with us and they have had a huge impact as you will soon read.

In brief, we have added Nate's much loved Window Manager dk, this has been a often requested addition and we are really happy to bring it to you. Any questions surrounding dk can be posted at the forum

Piotr has brought with him his most excellent additions for the Sway Window Manager, known as nwg-shell. This brings a nice preset panel and other goodies to Sway. You can read more here at the Again, any issues or questions you may face can be posted at the forum.

You can grab the latest release here. For any support please post your question or issue in the relevant category at the ArchLabs Forum.

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 in-line with conventional naming and removing redundancy. The existing repositories will be kept for a short transition period then removed, We have 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 repository sections, you will need 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 repository 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.

You will be missed.

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