A super rough guide on how I install Arch Linux (by no means the 'official way')
Boot the live media it will boot to a root prompt, the following commands (and notations) are meant to help with installing Arch, but not do it for you - its important to know you PC its limitations and the hardware there in - so bear this in mind as you may still need to read The Arch Wiki

I will place comments in brackets, if you have started sshd on the live media you can use a terminal for the install and copy/paste from a web browser actually you cant as Wordpress messes up formatting (edit 28/10/17)...

[load your keyboard region, I'm in the uk (good'ol Blighty) you may want 'us' or another region use 'ls /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/**/*.map.gz' to list them]

loadkeys uk

[now assuming you have wifi do the following to get an internet connection, if you use ethernet, at boot its probably online already]


[then get ntp to set the time - pacman can fail if the time is not right]

timedatectl set-ntp true

[now partition your HDD or SSD - I use fdisk but you may prefer cfdisk or parted - I wil assume 3 partitions '/'= /dev/sda1, '/home'= /dev/sda2, '/swap' = sda3. I'll be using etx4 file system - if you are using a SSD I would not bother with swap - lets format]

mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1
mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2
mkswap /dev/sda3
swapon /dev/sda3

[then mount the partitions]

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
mkdir /mnt/home
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/home

[now install some apps usually its just base & base-install, but I tend to install a DE and DM to make it usable on reboot (edit 28/10/17 - added pulseudio-alsa for sound out of the box)]

pacstrap -i /mnt base base-devel nano rsync sox mc w3m tmux irssi openssh grub mtools wpa_actiond wpa_supplicant dialog rfkill os-prober reflector autocutsel calcurse calc neomutt fbdump fbgrab gpm gst-libav gst-plugins-bad gst-plugins-base gst-plugins-base-libs gst-plugins-good gst-plugins-ugly gstreamer imagemagick inxi lame lm_sensors opus-tools noto-fonts noto-fonts-cjk noto-fonts-emoji noto-fonts-extra p7zip print-manager cups cups-pdf opus opusfile sudo ttf-dejavu ttf-hack ttf-liberation unzip unrar vbetool wget cpupower xorg-drivers xorg xorg-apps xorg-fonts lxqt qupzilla sddm gvfs xarchiver intel-ucode pulseaudio-alsa breeze-icons breeze-gtk

[once done generate your /etc/fstab - if you are usinag a SSD don't for get to check if you need to add the "discard" argument to the ext4 filesystems]

genfstab -U /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab

[now enter your install]

arch-chroot /mnt /bin/bash

[set up your timezone - Im in the uk , you may want to check out the contents of /usr/share/zoneinfo/]

ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/London /etc/localtime

[set system clock to utc]

hwclock ––systohc

[need to set locale , to do this edit /etc/locale.gen and uncomment your locale - mine is en_GB.UTF-8]

nano /etc/locale.gen

[then generate your locale]


[make sure the system uses the locale]

echo LANG=en_GB.UTF-8 >> /etc/locale.conf

[set the keymap for your install]

echo KEYMAP=uk >> /etc/vconsole.conf

[set your hostname]

echo fqdn >> /etc/hostname

[append to hosts file - be carefull make sure it appends and does not overwrite use >> and not > if not sure edit /etc/hosts with nano]

echo " fqdn.localdomain fqdn" >> /etc/hosts

[set the install's root password]

passwd <?>

[add a user]

useradd -m -G wheel -s /bin/bash <name>

[set a password for the user]

passwd <name>

[install your bootloader]

grub-install --target=i386-pc /dev/sda

[then install the boot config , if you have any special reqirements make sure you edit /etc/default/grub bfeore running..]

grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

[enable the display manager]

systemctl enable sddm

[set up sudo for user(s)]

EDITOR=nano visudo

[then locate and uncomment the line that looks like]

# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

[so it looks like]

%wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

[then save]
[extra's - these are not necessary but what the hell, while you are here..]
[setup cups]

systemctl enable org.cups.cupsd.service

[set up reflector service]

nano /etc/systemd/system/reflector.service

[add the following to that file]

Description=Pacman mirrorlist update
ExecStart=/usr/bin/reflector ––age 24 ––protocol https ––latest 10 ––sort rate ––save /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

[ and save - for later use]

[if you want to keep your primary and selection clipboards in sync for all users do the following or place it in ~/.xinitrc later]

nano /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/40-autocutsel

[and add the following]

autocutsel -fork &
autocutsel -selection PRIMARY -fork &

[then save]
[exit the chroot]


[unmout all drives]

umount -a

[then reboot]


[just wait of you get a "stop job" running]
[this should then reboot into SDDM]

[CONGRATS you have installed Arch Linux - although initially LXQt needs a bit of attention, log in to your user account]

click menu button navigate to  Preferences > LXQt settings > LXQt Configuration center

As there are no icons showing click "appearance" then "icon theme" then select "breeze"
in the same window after selecting breeze

Then click LXQt theme and select one (I choose 'light')


once selected , click font and select a font and size to your liking


go back to the LXQt Configuration center then click "keyboard&mouse" layout



add the correct layout for your keyboard and set it to the top of the list

then go to "session settings" and set your default browser and terminal (qupzilla and qterminal)


[you will now need to set up your wireless conncetion in qterminal. click menu > system tools > qterminal. For wired conncetions refer to the arch wiki]
[once qterminal is launched]

sudo wifi-menu

[select your wireless AP and enter the password when required, if you have issues with this you may need to use rfkill]

sudo rfkill list all

[if any blocked if HARD blocked - chcek your wifi switch if SOFT blocked use]

sudo rfkill unblock all

[if your wireless has frequent SOFT blockages try using the following 2 lines]

sudo systemctl enable rfkill-unblock@all
sudo systemctl start rfkill-unblock@all

[to start wireless at boot automatically do]

ip a

and make note of your wireless id  usually starts with 'wlp'

sudo systemctl enable netctl-auto@<wireless-id>

[while qterminal is still open as its time to set up some effort saving alias's]

nano ~/.bashrc

[add the following lines to the bottom]

# Pacman Alias's
alias ud='sudo pacman –Syu'
alias uda='yaourt –Syua'
alias i–='sudo pacman –S'
alias s–='pacman –Ss'
alias y–='yaourt'
alias r–="sudo pacman –R"
alias m–='sudo systemctl start reflector'
alias d–='sudo pacman –Rns $(pacman –Qtdq)'
alias UD='m-&&ud&&uda'

[then save and return to your home with]

cd ~/

[and now we set up setup yaourt - in qterminal- thanks to @AndrzejL@mastodon.rocks for supply these two lines]

cd && mkdir -p .aur/package-query && cd .aur/package-query/ && wget -O PKGBUILD https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/plain/PKGBUILD?h=package-query && makepkg -si ./

cd && mkdir -p .aur/yaourt && cd .aur/yaourt/ && wget -O PKGBUILD https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/plain/PKGBUILD?h=yaourt && makepkg -si ./

[once installed you can search aur via yaourt by]

y- <search term>

[and for a complete update against the latest/fastest fully sync'd repo in qterminal with]


[my other alias's allow you to shortcut many reguarly used pacman functions]

i- <package to install>
y- -S <yaourt package to install>
d- <remove all orphans packages>
m- <update to latest/fastest repo server>

[I hope this rough guide of how I install Arch Linux has been of use - enjoy]