A simple, lightweight distribution for 32-bit CPUs

You've reached the website for Arch Linux 32, the community maintained continuation of 32-bit support for Arch Linux, a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.

Currently we have official packages optimized for the i686 and pentium4 architectures. Also most(ly) non-graphical packages are available for i486, too. Have a look at the required cpu flags to decide which architecture is the right one for you. Most packages from Arch Linux's community-operated package repository are also compatible with Arch Linux 32.

Instructions for the transition from Arch Linux to Arch Linux 32 can be found here.

Installation media which boot on i686 can be found here.

Join us on #archlinux32 IRC channel on Libera, check out our forums or subscribe to the mailing list to get your feet wet. Also glance through the Arch Wiki if you want to learn more about upstream Arch.

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pacman upgrade brings pentium4 automatically for via processors


Until pacman < 6.0.0,

Architecture = auto

in /etc/pacman.conf did properly switch from i686 to pentium4 only on amd and intel CPUs. With pacman 6.0.0, this now also works on via (and probably also all other) CPUs. If you are running archlinux32 on any such CPU, please follow the i686 -> pentium4 transition instructions outlined here after upgrading pacman.

Sorting out old password hashes


Starting with libxcrypt 4.4.21, weak password hashes (such as MD5 and SHA1) are no longer accepted for new passwords. Users that still have their passwords stored with a weak hash will be asked to update their password on their next login.

If the login just fails (for example from display manager) switch to a virtual terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F2) and log in there once.

error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.68


Please note, that this is meant as a last resort if you need the software to work right now.
The correct way is to bother us devs (on irc or the bug tracker) to recompile the broken packages.

Move of official IRC channels to libera.chat


As some of you may have read over the past days, there has been an ownership dispute over the freenode.net network. The IRC network has been used by Arch Linux and many other projects over the past decades as a platform for discussion and support. The dispute led to the exodus of most former freenode staff from the network and the founding of a new network: libera.chat

Starting today, Arch Linux and its sister projects Arch Linux ARM and Arch Linux 32 will begin migrating the official IRC channels from freenode.net to libera.chat. Please bear with us as this can take some time to be fully settled in.

We thank the freenode community for the many years of great service and collaboration.

Older News

Installation medium with installer
Moving to Zstandard images by default on mkinitcpio
glibc 2.33 ISA mitigation and disabled libseccomp
Chromium losing Sync support in early March
PHP 8.0 and PHP 7 legacy packages are available
Manual pages indexing service
Arch Linux mailing list id changes
dhcpcd may(?) fail to get ipv4 address
plasma-workspace needs manual intervention
Accessible installation medium
libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention
Watch out for missing /usr/lib/libcrypt.so.2
PAM issues
Update to glibc 2.31 works now, but requires libseccomp 2.4.1-4.0
Recovered forum posts
ca-certificates-mozilla update breaking basic TLS functionality
conflicting files between xorgproto and libxp
SPI associated project
infrastructure problems
new pacman will auto-install pentium4 packages
pentium4 architecture available

Recent Updates (more)

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acpi_call-lts 1.2.1-60.0 i686
tp_smapi-lts 0.43-161.0 i686
r8168-lts 8.048.03-94.0 i686
virtualbox-guest-utils 6.1.22-3.0 i686
acpi_call-lts 1.2.1-60.0 pentium4
virtualbox-guest-utils 6.1.22-3.0 pentium4
tp_smapi-lts 0.43-161.0 pentium4
r8168-lts 8.048.03-94.0 pentium4
hamlib 3.3-10.1 i486
scribus 1.5.7-1.1 i486
openvdb 8.1.0-1.0 i486
kea 1.9.8-3.1 i486
povray 2: i486
python-praw 7.3.0-1.0 i486
php-imagick 3.5.0-1.0 i486