Installing Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi

You’re going to need the following to finish this tutorial and assumes you’re following this from a Linux Distro.

Raspberry Pi
Blank SD-Card 2GB or larger

First we are going to need to download the image


Now we will need to extract the file


This will give you the latest dd image for your device the file will be similarly named


The date will change as new images are updated From here you’re going to want to insert your SD-Card that will be for the Raspberry Pi. You will want to make sure you verify the name of your card. On my Arch Laptop my SD-Card is mmcblk0 yours may be different. If you do not use the correct one you run the risk of overwriting import files on your system. Now let’s copy the image onto the card

dd bs=1M if=/path/to/archlinux-hf-2013-07-22.img of=/dev/mmcblk0

Once dd has completed you will want to eject the card. Now go ahead and place the card into your Pi and apply your power source. First boot may take a little time so be patient.

Your default user and password

username: root
password: root

Some caveats to keep in mind:

If you’re using a keyboard, mouse, or other USB devices you may need to run them through a powered USB hub. The reason for this is the Pi’s USB port will only handle 140mA, but the limitation has been fixed on newer boards. There is still the possibility to run into power issues, so keep that in mind if you have issues with devices that you’re connecting.