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 x86_64 and 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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libbloom>=1.6-2 update requires manual intervention


The libbloom package prior to version 1.6-2 was missing a soname link. This has been fixed in 1.6-2, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked soname link created by ldconfig. If you get an error

libbloom: /usr/lib/libbloom.so.1 exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Suy --overwrite usr/lib/libbloom.so.1

to perform the upgrade.

mariadb 10.4.x update requires manual intervention


The update to mariadb 10.4.6-1 and later changes configuration layout as recommended by upstream.

The main configuration file moved from /etc/mysql/my.cnf (and its include directory /etc/mysql/my.cnf.d/) to /etc/my.cnf (and /etc/my.cnf.d/). Make sure to move your configuration.

Instantiated services (like mariadb@foo.service) are no longer configured in separate files (like /etc/mysql/myfoo.cnf). Instead move your configuration to configuration blocks with group suffix in main configuration file, one for each service. A block should look something like this:

datadir = /var/lib/mysql-foo
socket = /run/mysqld/mysqld-foo.sock

Like every mariadb feature update this requires the data directory to be updated. With the new configuration in place run:

systemctl restart mariadb.service && mariadb-upgrade -u root -p

new pacman will auto-install pentium4 packages


The next release of pacman (after pacman 5.1.3-1.3) will set the architecture to "pentium4" if you have

Architecture = auto

in your /etc/pacman.conf and your machine supports sse2 instructions.
This requires reinstallation (and if necessary a downgrade) of all installed packages, e.g. by running

pacman -Syy
pacman -Qqn | pacman -S -

Note, that this is only possible and necessary after pacman > 5.1.3-1.3 gets installed.
Also note, that it's not a good idea to stick with i686 if your machine supports sse2, as more and more packages require sse2 and will be dropped from the i686 repositories, thus.

Edit: There seems to be a flaw in the sse2 detection logic of pacman 5.1.3-1.4 - it correctly switches to pentium4 on my test vm, but not on my test real hardware (both with sse2). You can check with

pacman-conf Architecture

if it changes to pentium4 for you - and apply the above steps only if it does so.
I'm working on it ... stay tuned.

pentium4 architecture available


A new architecture is available, called 'pentium4'. This one is for CPUs supporting at least SSE2.

For installation and transition information head to:

Installation of pentium4 optimized packages

Older News

libreadline was moved too early
icu broken
glibc 2.28
libutf8proc>=2.1.1-3 update requires manual intervention
Upgrading may result in x265 dependency warning
archlinux32-keyring issues
js52 52.7.3-2 upgrade requires intervention
glibc 2.27-2 and pam 1.3.0-2 may require manual intervention
zita-resampler 1.6.0-1 -> 2 update requires manual intervention
Archlinux i686 EOL announced.
The end of i686 support
November ISOs available
Perl library path change
August ISOs available
Deprecation of ABS tool and rsync endpoint
ca-certificates-utils 20170307-1 upgrade requires manual intervention

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ocaml-integers 0.3.0-1.0 i486
ocaml-ctypes 0.14.0-3.0 i486
libxfce4util 4.14.0-1.2 i686
linux-pae-headers 5.2.9-1.0 i686
xfce4-dev-tools 4.14.0-1.2 i686
libseccomp 2.4.1-2.4 i686
tumbler 0.2.7-1.2 i686
systemd-resolvconf 242.84-2.0 i686
dbus-docs 1.12.16-2.0 i686
systemd-libs 242.84-2.0 i686
js60 60.8.0-1.1 i686
systemd-sysvcompat 242.84-2.0 i686
polkit 0.116-2.1 i686
systemd 242.84-2.0 i686
cups-filters 1.25.2-1.0 i686