Welcome to ArchBang Live a live iso.

Information here is as up to date as possible.

We do not advise or condone posting problems with ArchBang to Archlinux forums it will result in at best your thread closed or worse deleted.


To get pacman running you will need a working network connection, pacman keys to created and mirrorlist (which needs a server nearest to your location enabled).
Open a terminal and run the following:


Running the next command will allow you to update pacman database and packages:

sudo pacman -Syyu

This will refresh package database and allow you to install any package that needs updating.

sudo pacman -S <package_name>


You can create partitions and mount then in two ways, either via gparted or from installer itself. These partitions should be mounted to /mnt

Gparted will not run from openbox menu so either open dmenu or a terminal and use

sudo gparted

Select install from main openbox menu [right click].

Installer Menu includes:

1) Partition Scheme # Setup target device for install and mount partitons
2) Install ArchBang # transfers iso image to traget device
3) Hostname # Your given machine name default is ‘archbang’
4) Timezone # Region you are in (Europe/London)
5) Hardware Clock # UTC or localtime (user preference can affect windows dual boot)
6) Locale # Keyboard layout/ Language (Console)
7) Desktop Keyboard Layout
8) Bootloader # Grub2, Syslinux, Systemd-boot (UEFI)
9) Root password # Very important as iso is password free
10) Create User # Set up new user for install and password

====Post Install====

Configure networking by clicking on network icon on toolbar. Wired network should work out of the box. For wifi select your SSID
from list then when asked to connect enter your network password.

In a terminal update and upgrade new system with:

sudo pacman -Syyu

If mirrors are not setup then refer to Pacman paragraph abouve in this guide.

====Video drivers====

This is optional remove xorg video drivers that were shipped with ArchBang by typing:

Note the following drivers listed may not be up to date

You can check what drivers you have installed by running

pacman -Qq | grep xf86-video

sudo pacman -R xf86-video-apm xf86-video-ark xf86-video-ast\
xf86-video-ati xf86-video-chips xf86-video-cirrus\
xf86-video-dummy xf86-video-fbdev xf86-video-glint\
xf86-video-i128 xf86-video-i740 xf86-video-intel-uxa\
xf86-video-mach64 xf86-video-mga xf86-video-neomagic\
xf86-video-nv xf86-video-r128 xf86-video-rendition\
xf86-video-s3 xf86-video-s3virge xf86-video-savage\
xf86-video-siliconmotion xf86-video-sis xf86-video-sisusb\
xf86-video-tdfx xf86-video-trident xf86-video-tseng\
xf86-video-v4l xf86-video-vesa xf86-video-vmware\
xf86-video-voodoo xf86-video-xgi xf86-video-xgixp\
ati-dri intel-dri mach64-dri mga-dri r128-dri\
savage-dri sis-dri tdfx-dri

To know your video chipset type in terminal

lspci | grep VGA

Track it down in the list by typing in terminal as root:

pacman -Ss xf86-video | less

Install your video driver:

pacman -S your_video_driver


If you don’t get any sound you can right click on volume icon on panel then
‘Open Mixer’ or in a terminal run
To unmute a channel press M to raise levels use up and down keys. To exit and
save hit Escape key

====Disable Blank Screen After 10 Minutes====

To disable blank screen after 10 minutes of inactivity, create a file in
/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d called custom.conf with this code:

Section “ServerFlags”
# disable low-level screensaver and screen DPMS poweroff
Option “BlankTime” “0”
Option “StandbyTime” “0”
Option “SuspendTime” “0”
Option “OffTime” “0”

====Have Fun!====

Everything about Archlinux ™ isn’t covered in this guide of course so check the Arch Wiki []

====Quick Tips====

To allow Htop to run from Openbox Menu lxterminal is soft linked with xterm.
If you wish to use xterm terminal then remove link with:

sudo rm /usr/bin/xterm

Then load package as normal

sudo pacman -S xterm

Desktop Keyboard Layout Live:

Check file ~/.config/openbox/autostart — edit line setxkbmap gb & (change gb to your keyboard layout)