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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Git Migration


status update: The migration of the git sources is done and seems successful. However, now the build machines need to catch up and build all packages. As you might imagine, this will take some time.

Git migration completed


We are proud to announce that the migration to Git packaging succeeded! 🥳

Thanks to everyone who has helped during the migration!

Package sources are now available on GitLab. Note that the bugtracker is still flyspray and that merge requests are not accepted as of now. We intend to open the issue tracker and merge requests on the Gitlab package repos in the near future.

Mirrors are syncing again, but it may take a bit of time until your mirror of choice has caught up.

For users

Update your system and merge the pacman pacnew /etc/pacman.conf.pacnew file. This is required as we have moved the [community] repository into [extra].

$ pacman -Syu "pacman>=6.0.2-7"

For users of the now deprecated asp tool, you will need to switch to pkgctl:

$ pacman -Syu "devtools>=1:1.0.0-1"
$ pkgctl repo clone linux

For some more detailed instructions on how to obtain PKGBUILDs see the corresponding wiki article.

For packagers

Before starting, first uninstall devtools-git-poc and remove any repos from your filesystem that you cloned during the git proof-of-concept testing.

Make sure you have both, an updated devtools and pacman on your system:

$ pacman -Syu "devtools>=1:1.0.0-1" "pacman>=6.0.2-7"

Additionally clean up old chroots in /var/lib/archbuild/

$ rm -rf /var/lib/archbuild/
# or optionally, use the --clean option for pkgctl build *ONCE*
$ pkgctl build --clean

For instruction on how to use pkgctl, please take a look at the "How to be a packager" wiki article and also consult the man page of each subcommand for further information:

$ man pkgctl-build
$ man pkgctl-repo-clone

upstream git migration


Upstream ArchLinux announced that they will migrate their git repositories.
This will affect ArchLinux32, because we heavily rely on how the repositories are structured and how packages are updated.
We are currently in the process of evaluating, which changes we need to do, and how long this may take.
In any case, starting with the migration on 2023-05-19 morning, we will not be able to update packages anymore.
We hope to resume operation within a few days, but please be patient if it takes longer.

Auxillary tools, like asp32 will also break, but as upstream discontinues asp, we will likely move to a different tool, too.

Git migration announcement


This Friday morning (2023-05-19) the Git packaging migration will start until Sunday (2023-05-21). The Arch Linux packaging team will not be able to update packages in any of the repositories during this period.

Notification when the migration starts, and when it is completed, will be published on the [arch-dev-public] mailing list.

How does this impact Arch Linux users?

The [testing] repository will be split into [core-testing] and [extra-testing], the [staging] repository will be split into [core-staging] and [extra-staging]. The [community] repository will be merged into [extra] and will therefore be empty after the migration.

All affected repositories will be provided as empty repositories for a transition period after the migration. For regular users, this means that everything works as before.

Note: After the migration is done, users that have the testing repositories enabled need to include the new repositories ([core-testing] and [extra-testing] instead of [testing]) in their pacman.conf before updating their system.

Other changes:

  • SVN access is discontinued and will dissappear.
  • The svn2git mirror will no longer be updated.
  • asp, which relies on the svn2git mirror, will stop working. It is replaced by pkgctl repo clone.

How does this impact Arch Linux tier 1 mirrors?

During the migration rsync and HTTP access will be shut down. We will send an email notification to arch-mirrors once everything has been finished.

How does this impact Arch Linux packagers?

Packagers will not be able to patch and update their packages. The internal Tier 0 mirror is also going to be disabled for the duration of this migration.

Older News

In case of key problems
Dropping Haskell
Switch to the base-devel meta package requires manual intervention
PHP 8.2 update and introduction of legacy branch
In memory of Jonathon Fernyhough
OpenSSL 3.0.7
systemd 251.2 breaks logins
Removing python2 from the repositories
Arch Linux mailing list changes
Grub bootloader upgrade and configuration incompatibilities
wxWidgets 3.2 update may need manual intervention
Undone replacement of pipewire-media-session with wireplumber
CA certificates file is empty
ISO 2022.02.01 available
Warning about upgrading to zstd 1.5.1
nss 3.73 crashes firefox
error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.68
libffi.so.7: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
pacman upgrade brings pentium4 automatically for via processors
glibc 2.33 ISA mitigation and disabled libseccomp
dhcpcd may(?) fail to get ipv4 address

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libavif 0.11.1-1.2 i486
sndio 1.9.0-1.1 i486
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gd 2.3.3-6.1 i486
gtest 1.13.0-1.0 i486
maui-nota 2.2.2-1.0 i686
maui-pix 2.2.2-1.0 i686
vvave 2.2.2-1.0 i686
mauikit-filebrowsing 2.2.2-1.0 i686
index-fm 2.2.2-1.0 i686
capnproto 0.10.4-1.0 i686