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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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

libreadline was moved too early


libreadline 8 made it into [core], although not all packages were rebuilt against it yet.
This breaks several packages, some of them vital for the system.

Before proceeding to update, please check the package database for the updated packages if it mentions a 'not satisfiable dependency: "libreadline.so.7"'.
I'll update this notice when all/most packages have been rebuilt against the new readline package and have been moved to core/extra/community.

Sorry for the trouble,

most packages have been rebuilt and are in core/extra/community. Exceptions:

icu broken


It seems, I managed to break several packages by updating icu. The current list (known to our database / me) is:

i686/community/0ad-a23-4.0-i686 (0ad-a23-6.0-i686 now available in [community])
i686/community/aegisub-3.2.2-28.0-i686 (aegisub-3.2.2-30.0-i686 now available in [community])
i686/community/calibre-3.31.0-1.0-i686 (calibre-3.34.0-1.0-i686 now available in [community])
i686/community/haskell-hakyll- (haskell-hakyll- now available in [community])
i686/community/kbibtex-1:0.8.1-2.1-i686 (kbibtex-1:0.8.1-3.0-i686 now available in [community])
i686/community/pandoc-citeproc- (pandoc-citeproc- now available in [community])
i686/community/scribus-1.5.4-1.0-i686 (scribus-1.5.4-5.0-i686 now available in [community])
i686/extra/chromium-69.0.3497.92-1.0-i686 (chromium-70.0.3538.77-2.0-i686 now available in [extra])
i686/extra/firefox-62.0-1-i686 (firefox-63.0.3-1.0-i686 now available in [extra])
i686/extra/libreoffice-fresh-6.1.1-1.0-i686 (libreoffice-fresh-6.1.3-1.0-i686 now available in [extra])
i686/extra/libreoffice-still-6.0.6-3.0-i686 (libreoffice-still-6.0.7-1.0-i686 now available in [extra])
i686/extra/mpd-0.20.21-1.0-i686 (mpd-0.21.1-1.0-i686 now available in [extra])
i686/extra/thunderbird-60.0-4-i686 (thunderbird-60.3.1-2.0-i686 now available in [extra])

If you require any of those packages (or packages which depend on those), please postpone updates, until we rebuilt those packages.

Older News

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
mesa with libglvnd support is now in testing
Phasing out i686 support

Recent Updates (more)

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toxcore 1:0.2.10-1.0 pentium4
toxcore 1:0.2.10-1.0 i686
dns-over-https 2.0.1-1.0 i686
nano 4.3-1.0 i686
nano 4.3-1.0 pentium4
fuse-common 3.6.1-1.0 pentium4
fuse3 3.6.1-1.0 pentium4
terraform 0.12.3-1.0 pentium4
minikube 1.2.0-1.0 pentium4
bettercap 2.24.1-1.0 pentium4
terraform 0.12.3-1.0 i686
bettercap 2.24.1-1.0 i686
minikube 1.2.0-1.0 i686
libxi 1.7.10-1.0 pentium4
firejail 0.9.60-1.0 pentium4