Arch Linux ARM is a port of Arch Linux for ARM processors.[3][4][5] Its design philosophy is "simplicity and full control to the end user,"[6] and like its parent operating system Arch Linux, aims to be very Unix-like.[7] This goal of minimalism and complete user control, however, can make Arch Linux difficult for Linux beginners as it requires more knowledge of and responsibility for the operating system.[8][9]

Arch Linux
Arch Linux ARM logo.svg
DeveloperKevin Mihelich and team[1]
OS familyUnix-like
Latest release(Rolling release)
Update methodPacman
Package managerPacman
LicenseFree software (GPLv2 )[2]


History and developmentEdit

Arch Linux ARM is based on Arch Linux, which is a minimalist Linux distribution first released on March 11, 2002.[10] The idea of making a single, official port of Arch Linux for devices with ARM processors was born from members of the Arch Linux PlugApps and ArchMobile development teams,[11] notably Mike Staszel, who went on to found the Arch Linux ARM project.[12]

Kevin Mihelich is currently Arch Linux ARM's primary developer.[13] Arch Linux ARM is community-developed, with software development and user support provided fully by volunteer effort and donations.[14] Also, unlike other community-supported operating systems such as Ubuntu, Arch Linux ARM has a relatively small user base, making user participation in development especially important.[15]

Arch Linux ARM has a rolling release cycle, i.e. new software is packaged as it is released.[16] This "bleeding edge" release cycle of small, frequent package updates differs from release cycles of Linux distributions such as Debian, which focus on large, scheduled releases of packages proven to be stable.[17][18]


Unlike Arch Linux, which is aimed at x86-64 CPUs, Arch Linux ARM is aimed at low- and high-end ARM CPUs. On the low end there is support for ARMv5 platforms like plug computers and OXNAS-based ARMv6 Pogoplugs. Arch Linux ARM also supports many single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi and the BeagleBoard.[19][20][21]

On the higher end, there is support for:

However, Arch Linux ARM can run on any device that supports ARMv5te, ARMv6h or ARMv7 instruction sets.[23]

For a complete list of officially supported platforms, see's Platforms page. For a list of unofficial, community-supported devices, see's Community-Supported Devices forum.


Arch Linux ARM has gained popularity as a lightweight Linux distribution and is growing in popularity among single-board computer hobbyists.[24][25] Arch Linux ARM is also known for having good community support.[26]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Team". Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  2. ^ "Arch Linux ARM FAQ". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  3. ^ "Arch Linux ARM".
  4. ^ git repository for arch linux arm
  5. ^ linux-arm news
  6. ^ "Arch Linux ARM". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  7. ^ "FAQ". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  8. ^ "ARCH LINUX ARM AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  9. ^ "Arch Linux ARM". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  10. ^ "History of Arch Linux". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  11. ^ "Arch Linux BBS [ARM] Arch Linux ARM: A new unified effort from PlugApps & ArchMobile". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  12. ^ "Team". Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  13. ^ "Team". Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  14. ^ "Donate". Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  15. ^ "Arch compared to other distributions". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  16. ^ "Arch Linux ARM". Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  17. ^ "Arch compared to other distributions". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  18. ^ "A survey of ARM operating systems". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  19. ^ "ARCH LINUX ARM AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  20. ^ "Raspberry Pi". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  21. ^ "BeagleBoard". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  22. ^ Larabel, Michael (January 13, 2012). "Arch-ing ARM: Running Arch Linux On The NVIDIA Tegra 2". Phoronix. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  23. ^ Kanasoot, Michael (June 27, 2013). "Supporting the Arch Linux ARM Development Team with Komodo IDE". ActiveState. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  24. ^ "6 Excellent Lightweight Linux Distros for x86 and ARM". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  25. ^ "A survey of ARM operating systems". Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  26. ^ "4 Fine Linux ARM Distros". Retrieved 2014-12-14.

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