Welcome to ArchBang Live a live iso.

Information here is as up to date as possible.

Please do not post issues with ArchBang on Archlinux forums, they will either be closed or deleted by forum moderators. Can offer limited support check Contacts page for details


To access installer run sudo abinstall in a terminal or use keybinding Super + i

You can create partitions from installer itself or you can use gparted. These partitions should then be mounted to /mnt

Installer Menu includes:

1) Partition Scheme # Setup target device for install and mount partitons
2) Install ArchBang # transfers iso image to target device
3) Hostname # Your given machine name default is ‘archbang’
4) Location # Region you are in (Europe/London) and Servers nearest to your country.
5) Hardware Clock # UTC or localtime (user preference can affect windows dual boot)
6) Locale # Keyboard layout/ Language (Console)
7) Desktop Keyboard Layout # Default is gb (United Kingdom)
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 ===

Autologin is disabled during install, you will end up at a log in prompt. Enter your chosen username and password to log in.


To get pacman running you will need a working network connection, mirrorlist (which needs a server nearest to your location enabled). Pacman keys are populated during a live session however once ArchBang is installed the need to updated.

Open a terminal and run the following commands:

config_edit # select mirrorlist
# next commands are required post install (pac-key script is included)
sudo pacman-key –init
sudo pacman-key –populate
sudo pacman -Syyu archlinux-keyring # this will update system packages and keyring.

To search for a package:

pacman -Ss [string to search for]

Install a named package:

sudo pacman -S [package_name]

====Video drivers====

Check what xorg video drivers were shipped with ArchBang by opening a terminal and typing:

pacman -Qq | grep xf86-video

To find out 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:

sudo pacman -S xf86-video-[your-video-driver] # ie intel

Optional but you can remove surplus drivers by:

sudo pacman -R $(pacman -Qq | grep xf86-video)

This of course will remove all! drivers so reinstall your correct driver as above


If you don’t get any sound you can right click on volume icon on panel then
‘Open Mixer’ or in a terminal run alsamixer
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 Arch isn’t covered in this guide so check the Arch Wiki []

====Quick Tips====

Desktop Keyboard Layout Live:

Check file ~/.config/i3/config — edit line setxkbmap gb & (change gb to your keyboard layout)