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Archcraft


Last Update: 2024-04-06 14:07 UTC


Archcraft is a minimal Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. The project provides a graphical user interface using minimal window managers rather than full featured desktop environments. Archcraft is installed using the Calamares system installer and includes the yay package manager to facilitate fetching software from the Arch User Repository.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 56 (174), 6 months: 51 (191), 3 months: 42 (227), 4 weeks: 70 (146), 1 week: 74 (119)

Average visitor rating: 8.55/10 from 55 review(s).


Archcraft Summary
Distribution Archcraft
Home Page https://archcraft.io/
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Feature 2024.04.06 2023.07.05 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
Release Date 2024-04-06 2023-07-05 2022-09-17 2021-10-12
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2500-2600 2300-2400 2000-2100 1600-1700
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox Openbox Openbox
Package Management pacman pacman pacman pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List 2024.04.06 2023.07.05 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
Package 2024.04.06 2023.07.05 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.11 1.2.9 1.2.7.2 1.2.5.1
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 23.0.0 22.0.0 21.0.0
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1 5.1 5.1
bind (9.18.27) 9.18.25 9.18.16 9.18.6 9.16.21
chromium (126.0.6478.114) -- -- -- --
cups (2.4.10) 2.4.7 2.4.6 2.4.2 2.3.3
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3 4.4.2
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.47.0 1.46.5 1.46.4
firefox (127.0.1) 124.0.2 115.0 104.0.2 92.0.1
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.13.1 2.12.1 2.11.0
gcc (14.1.0) 13.2.1 13.1.1 12.2.0 11.1.0
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.39) 2.39 2.37 2.36 2.33
gnome-shell (46.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- --
grub (2.12) 2.12 2.06 2.06 2.06
gtk (4.14.4) 3.24.41 3.24.38 4.8.0 3.24.30
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (24.05.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (32) 32 30 30 29
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) -- -- -- --
linux (6.9.5) 6.8.2 6.4.1 5.19.8 5.14.9
Package 2024.04.06 2023.07.05 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) 1.28.2 -- -- --
mesa (24.1.1) 24.0.4 23.1.3 22.1.7 21.2.3
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (550.90.07) 550.67 530.41.03 515.65.01 470.74
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (22) -- -- -- --
openssh (9.7p1) 9.7p1 9.3p1 9.0p1 8.8p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.2.1 3.1.1 1.1.1q 1.1.1l
perl (5.40.0) 5.38.2 5.36.1 5.36.0 5.34.0
php (8.3.8) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (6.1.0) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- --
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.8 3.11.3 3.10.7 3.9.7
qt (6.7.2) 6.6.3 5.15.10 5.15.6 5.15.2
samba (4.20.1) 4.20.0 4.18.3 4.16.5 4.15.0
systemd (256.1) 255.4 253.5 251.4 249.4
thunderbird (127.0) -- -- -- --
vim (9.1) 9.1 9.0 9.0 8.2
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- --
wayland (1.23.0) 1.22.0 1.22.0 1.21.0 1.19.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.12 21.1.8 21.1.4 1.20.13

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Version: 2024.04.06
Rating: 5
Date: 2024-04-17
Votes: 2


Disclaimer that I have only tried Archcraft with OpenBox in a virtual machine so far, but I try dozens of distros this way. Archcraft was harder than the majority to get working reliably, but it is now working.

It certainly looks good if you like flat design and carefully curated pastel-like colour schemes. The Ten built in styles apply flawlessly and look good, though any included Tint2 panel may appear at the top or bottom, they vary. It loads up in ~500Mb RAM and comes with a decent selection of software.

But a quick look over the website is not so encouraging. This is a one-person project - nothing unique or wrong there except that there are some 'Premium' versions available that cost from $5.99 up to $55.55, and the support for these consists of "Email me and i'll help you ASAP. " There are no official forums.

Mixed bag - fun to play with but not so good to recommend for work.


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Version: 2023.07.05
Rating: 5
Date: 2024-04-04
Votes: 2


I'm rather at odds over Archcraft. I have two older laptops I wanted to put a lightweight version of Arch on. This distro looked ideal. I previewed it on my main, high end system, with a 4GB of GPU and it ran smoothly, is easy on the eyes and its Arch which I like because I do most of my work from the command line.

I was really enthusiastic to try it on my low end systems, both of which exceeded the minimum requirement but in both cases, it only loaded to a black screen from a USB.I tried re-installing the OS on the USB in case it was buggy, I tried a different USB with a freshly downloaded ISO and then I tried another Arch distro to ensure I wasn't losing my mind. The latter worked fine on both laptops, loading from a USB with ease.

I then tried to find a fix by searching on line. This issue has been reported previously but I could not find a solution mentioned anywhere.

So in summary I can install Archcraft on a high end system I don't need a light version of Arch for, which in fact is already running Arch with all the bells and whistles but I can't install it on older hardware, its apparently designed to accommodate?

I'm not writing Archcraft off but as it stands right now, I'm better off installing pure Arch from the command line and electing to install Opebox, LXDE, XFCE window manager or similar on my ageing laptops.


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Version: 2023.07.05
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-11-02
Votes: 14


I've tried all the distrowatch list there on the right. As an apple desktop user it is very difficult for me to accept any of these desktops as provided by the distros. The result is that I spend endless hours tweaking the graphical environments to make them "make sense". In this distribution all I had to do was to replace the upper right logo button from dmenu to full screen launcher (nwg-drawer). For me, this is a big success! The design that has been done is more than correct and beautiful. The fact that a media player is provided in the bar makes you immediately press play. The background music while you work makes you have a pleasant time.
It's a distribution that smells Unix-Linux everywhere. It's fast, easy, hassle-free and, above all, well-designed. I also like the fact that it installs a classic floating window manager and a tilling window manager and they are sharing the same application set and theme. So you have the opportunity to work development in tilling wm and multimedia in floating wm with ease and without effort. On the other hand, the floating window manager has many tilling features and the shortcuts are almost the same. Other features I like are the in-build screen-shooter and color-picker without the need for further installation and bloating the system. An amazing job has been done there. I suggest you try it.


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