About ArchLabs Linux

ArchLabs Linux is a Linux distribution (distro) launched by two guys with a love of BunsenLabs and Arch Linux.

The original vision behind ArchLabs was to take the look of BunsenLabs and put it on top of an Arch Linux system as Arch has more up-to-date packages. The speed and simplicity of Pacman and of course the Arch User Repository (AUR) are just added bonuses.

Now that ArchLabs have become established we have developed our own look.  We have kept true to our legacy by keeping our ISO images as minimal as possible and adding only core applications and utilities.

ArchLabs is a rolling release.  No longer do you have to do a full reinstall or distribution upgrade when a new release is available. A simple update is all you need to do. You install ArchLabs once and continue on your way.

Highlights of ArchLabs Linux:

  • Minimal desktop environment.
  • Easy installation using the 'ArchLabs Installer' (ALI).
  • Based on Arch Linux.
  • Minimal themes.
  • Available WM/DM’s include Openbox, i3wm, Bspwm, dwm, and others. Install these from the `ArchLabs Installer`.
  • Freely switch between panels and docks with ease.
  • Conky & Tint2 available where necessary.
  • Adwaita GTK theme is set as the default theme.
  • The custom ArchLabs Iconset is the default icon theme.
  • ArchLabs Applications and scripts are included.
  • Keyboard driven.
2019.05.04 is our latest release.

See ArchLabs in action:

In the meantime, download a copy, install and see for yourself…

To contact us, please use the Contact page.

Team ArchLabs


I’m Matt, sometimes known as Dobbie.

I love Metal, Beer and Linux. In that order.  I’m a man of few words, as you can see.


My name’s Nathaniel a.k.a Smoke King.

I like open source, making things, and coffee.  There is no better feeling than seeing the fruits of your labour.


I am Dima also known as dimaom.
Inhaling and exhaling on a daily basis. In between trying to simplify the software I am using. Unix, music, photography, who i am – are my main interests.


I’m Daniel (A.K.A iDanoo).

Full-time Sys Admin/Web developer, Linux tinkerer, father and part-time Pilot. I spend way too much time trying to perfect the small things.


I’m Sam.

I’m a software developer living in Auckland who also has a keen interest in Linux and Virtualization.

Honourable Mention:

Jody isn’t an official team member but the time and effort he put into ArchLabs all the while maintaining his own distribution, has been so vital to the initial creation and progress of ArchLabs that we wanted to pay tribute to him.


Former Members:

Brett Stevens A.K.A Toola

Rajat Pandita A.K.A. Raj

Hari A.K.A. Hari


Larry A.K.A. Larry

Brett was a co-founder of ArchLabs alongside Matt.  Raj came on the team pretty early on and helped us through some tough times. Hari sorted us out with our conky configs early on as well as testing ISO’s.

Larry recently departed the team, thanks for all you did for us!

We wish luck to Toola, Hari and Raj and their place is always open.