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    Install Arch Linux Without a CD From FTP

    Note to mods: I don't see an Archlinux subforum here, so I'm posting here, move this to wherever it's appropriate. This isn't a duplicate of my other thread at since this covers Arch Linux specific instructions, though I also posted this in the archlinux forums at

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    What This Does

    It's an installer for Windows or Linux users that lets you install Arch Linux without a CD. The way it works is that a small (20 MB) installer places the PXE (netboot) version of the Arch Linux installer on your hard drive, and configures your boot loader, either NTLDR if using Windows, or GRUB if using Linux, to boot from the PXE installer, and downloads and installs Arch Linux from the net.


    You will need to either have a Windows (95-Vista) or Linux (any distro that uses GRUB) install already on your hard drive. You'll also need an internet connection. Apart from that, the requirements are the same as the standard Arch Linux requirements.


    Download the appropriate installer package from

    If using Windows, download the .exe file, if using Fedora or another rpm-based distro, download the .rpm file, if using Ubuntu or another deb-based distro, download the .deb file, and if using a distro that doesn't support rpm or deb, download the sh file.

    Then, install the package, and reboot. A menu entry should appear in the boot menu, titled "UNetbootin". Select that entry, and boot.

    When you get to the installer prompt, enter:

    And that will start the installer. When asked for a source of installation media, select "FTP". After that, the installation will be the same as if it were done using a CD; just follow the usual steps for selecting packages and partitioning, then wait as Arch Linux is downloaded from the FTP servers and installed.


    UNetbootin also supports Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora. Post a reply if you need any help, new features, or another supported distro. The website is located at


    If installation from FTP is broken, or if you already have the iso file, install using the iso from the hard drive; details at
    Last edited by tuxcantfly; October 29th, 2007 at 04:59 AM.


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