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We have just finished this Arch Linux base installation following this article. The operating system is not meant to be run on a virtualbox. That is only for educational purposes. You should install it on a proper ssd.

We have chosen to install

Some desktop environments come with their own window manager or you can install additional ones.Then you install lots of applications.



Tips and points of attention

You can clone a VirtualBox and experiment on it without fear to wreck it. We show you how in the tutorial.

We will download the scripts for an easy and quick installation. Scripts will continue to evolve and improve. They will differ from the video in the future.

sudo pacman -S git
git clone

Mind the xorg installation. Choose the right script depending if you are installing on VirtualBox or not.

  • Virtual box – use
  • SSD or harddisk – depending on your graphical card (Nvidia, Intel, …)

I have an Nvidia Geforce 9600 GT so I would need to install nvidia-340 driver if I wanted to install an Nvdia driver. But I have been choosing the opensource driver xf86-video-nouveau for years now without any issues. But it might be important to tell you that I am no gamer. Here is the link If you need more information about the video drivers like xf86-video-nouveau, xf86-video-intel, … This topic might be challenging depending on your hardware.

Since we are on virtualbox we install a completely different graphical driver (see special virtualbox script) :

sudo pacman -S virtualbox-guest-utils

Variety has been started and configured but you need to run the script to be able to change the wallpapers.

Use lxappearance to change the theme and icons.

Follow the numbering of the scripts and install them.

We change the screen resolution with xrandr. Check with xrandr what resolutions you can choose from on your hardware.

xrandr --output VGA-1 --mode 1280x960

I can use a better resolution but then I will have to apply the fullscreen option in virtualbox.

xrandr --output VGA-1 --mode 1920x1080

Choose the proper resolution for your monitor.

What can you learn in the next tutorial?

  • xrandr explained to set resolution correct – also necessary for dual screens
  • compton.conf will not be applied (shadow and transparency)
  • ~/.config/i3 is where all your configuration files are
  • installing screenkey via script
  • installing amarok via packer search as an example
  • several important keyboard shortcuts will be shown
  • starting conky‘s
  • how to move programs to other workspaces
  • how to quit programs
  • how to exit i3
  • is there a menu – yes, two menu’s
  • firefox needs a fix for dark themes


Tips mentioned are :

  • lxappearance to change the themes, icons, cursor
  • qtconfig-qt4 to change fonts and gtk+
  • windows + F is full screen
  • arc colora is your way to make your personal arc theme




More information about i3

The i3 desktop can be installed on many distributions and I have written many tutorials about i3. You can read the articles and apply many of the tutorials on Arch i3.

All the i3 related articles of this website are here.