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Last Update: 2023-05-01 21:48 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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.57/10 from 49 review(s).

Archcraft Summary
Distribution Archcraft
Home Page https://archcraft.io/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums https://www.reddit.com/r/archcraft/
Documentation https://archcraft.io/wiki
Screenshots https://archcraft.io/gallery.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/archcraft/files/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/archcraft-os/archcraft/issues/
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Feature 2023.05.01 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
Release Date 2023-05-01 2022-09-17 2021-10-12
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2300-2400 2000-2100 1600-1700
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox Openbox
Package Management pacman pacman pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 2023.05.01 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
Package 2023.05.01 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.8
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 22.0.0 21.0.0
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 5.1 5.1
bind (9.18.15) 9.18.14 9.18.6 9.16.21
chromium (114.0.5735.90) -- -- --
cups (2.4.3) 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.3.3
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3 4.4.2
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0 1.46.5 1.46.4
firefox (113.0.2) 112.0.2 104.0.2 92.0.1
freetype (2.13.0) 2.13.0 2.12.1 2.11.0
gcc (13.1.0) 12.2.1 12.2.0 11.1.0
gimp (2.10.34) -- -- --
glibc (2.37) 2.37 2.36 2.33
gnome-shell (44.1) -- -- --
gnucash (5.1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- -- --
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.06 2.06
gtk (4.10.3) 3.24.37 4.8.0 3.24.30
httpd (2.4.57) -- -- --
inkscape (1.2.2) -- -- --
k3b (23.04.1) -- -- --
kmod (30) 30 30 29
krita (5.1.5) -- -- --
libreoffice (7.5.3) -- -- --
linux (6.3.5) 6.2.13 5.19.8 5.14.9
Package 2023.05.01 2022.09.16 2021.10.05
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- --
mariadb (10.11.3) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.26.1) -- -- --
mesa (23.1.1) 23.0.3 22.1.7 21.2.3
mysql (8.0.33) -- -- --
nautilus (44.2) -- -- --
NVIDIA (530.41.03) 530.41.03 515.65.01 470.74
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (20.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (9.3p1) 9.3p1 9.0p1 8.8p1
openssl (3.1.1) 3.0.8 1.1.1q 1.1.1l
perl (5.36.1) 5.36.0 5.36.0 5.34.0
php (8.2.6) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.8.0) -- -- --
postgresql (15.3) -- -- --
Python (3.11.3) 3.10.10 3.10.7 3.9.7
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.9 5.15.6 5.15.2
samba (4.18.3) 4.18.2 4.16.5 4.15.0
systemd (253.5) 253.3 251.4 249.4
thunderbird (102.11.2) -- -- --
vim (9.0) 9.0 9.0 8.2
vlc (3.0.18) -- -- --
wayland (1.22.0) 1.22.0 1.21.0 1.19.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.8) 6.2.0 21.1.4 1.20.13

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Version: 2023.05.01
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-05-31
Votes: 1

This is my favorite linux distro. In my opinion, it is the best system for browsing the internet and multimedia. The only problem I have is intermittent sound via bluetooth when connecting a smartphone, but the rest works great. It is a Rolling Realase system, so once installed it updates without the need to reinstall when a new version of the system is released. The LXDE version of the system is very light, consumes little RAM and is very stable despite frequent updates. After a month of use I had no problem with it. Timeshift works in this system without any problems if it gets a full snapshot of the system. The system itself takes up very little disk space and I generally recommend it for the typical user be it Desktop or Laptop.

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Version: 2023.05.01
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-21
Votes: 1

An outstanding Openbox experience.

Archcraft really does many things right when we seek for a minimal but yet very visually and coherent polished experience.
Switching skins on the fly in Openbox and you can see how the theming is handled in a superior way compared to KDE.
The nuances of the theming shine and you have control over element like the shadows to make them more suddle.
Some themes maximize a lot screen space availability with compact elements. Its appreciable for power users who bring many elements at once or work on small screens (retro screens, small laptop users can appreciate).

Having little bloat installed out of the box offer an increased stability. (updates integrates smoothly and can be delayed further).
The distro pushes you to get familiar with the usual terminal commands, once learned you enjoy the speed and enhanced control over your system. Then the provided other WM allow for a quick transition into a keyboard centric navigation workflow.
This way of using the system doesn't fit very well my graphic designer use case but it teaches me what become more advantageous that way.
Archcraft is used as a learning and transitioning OS for those curious to discover the beauty and responsiveness of fast WM.

I installed it alongside xerolinux (KDE) and it made me want to learn arch more. Power user who reinstall their Arch based distro periodically and want to be set quickly can love it.

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Version: 2023.05.01
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-18
Votes: 2

Archcraft does everything right. Not only is it fancy and pretty, it leaves you with grub fancy and pretty, and boots the operating system you chose last time. Those kinds of details make an operating system win points. It comes with yay pre-installed but no pamac or octopi: it doesn't matter, with yay -S pamac-aur installs in a minute. I have installed Archcraft Xfce and everything is going smoothly: for me it is one of the least bloated arch distros.
Some complain that it has no support. It usually happens with one-person projects. But I think if you are a regular arch user you don't need any support, you already have the arch wiki.
Great job!

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