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 Freenode, 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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error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.68


If you see software failing with:

error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.68: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

This means that the software (or a library) has not been rebuilt against newest icu (69).
As a temporary workaround you can install the old libs with:

pacman -Syy icu68

The same applies for icu67.

Also open a bug or drop a message in the forum in this case..

Installation medium with installer


The installation medium now provides a guided installer.

This addition to the default method of installation (based on the installation guide) is similar to the other methods.

If you use this installer, do not forget to mention it when asking for support and also to provide the archinstall log, when asked.

Moving to Zstandard images by default on mkinitcpio


As linux-lts moved to the 5.10 version, all official kernels of Arch Linux now support zstd compressed initramfs images, so mkinitcpio is switching to zstd compressed images by default with version 30, which is currently on [testing].

If, for any reason, you are using a kernel version prior to 5.9, make sure to change mkinitcpio.conf COMPRESSION to use one of the compressors supported, like gzip, otherwise you will not be able to boot images generated by mkinitcpio.

glibc 2.33 ISA mitigation and disabled libseccomp


glibc 2.33 introduced a CPU ISA level guessing at compile and runtime.
We are at the moment disabling this completely, as it fails in guessing
too high ISA levels and resulting in:

/usr/lib/libc.6: CPU ISA level is lower than required.

Also libseccomp support has been disabled for now, notably in
the OpenSSH sandbox (uses the rlimit one for now) and in
file/libmagic till the libcsecomp rules are adapted. The effects

* unable to login via SSH
* EBADSYS errors when executing file

Older News

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
nvidia 455.28 is incompatible with linux >= 5.9
ghostpcl>=9.53.2-2 and ghostxps>=9.53.2-2 updates require 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
libreadline was moved too early

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balsa 2.6.2-1.2 i686
python-kivy 2.0.0-1.2 i686
moneymanagerex 1.3.6-1.2 i686
libportal 0.4-1.0 i686
tellico 3.4.1-1.0 i686
xdg-dbus-proxy 0.1.2-3.0 i686
swiften 4.0.2-4.0 i686
telegram-desktop 2.7.4-2.0 i686
python-flask-migrate 3.0.0-1.0 i686
rime-cantonese i686
swift-im 4.0.2-4.0 i686
yaz 5.31.0-1.0 i686
wxsqlite3 4.7.2-1.0 i686
python-typeguard 2.11.1-1.0 i686
libqmi 1.28.4-1.0 i686