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Manjaro Linux is a desktop oriented operating system which is based on the Arch Linux philosophy. Arch Linux distributions are independently developed operating systems  and their primary focus is simplicity and ease of use. Arch Linux provides the latest stable versions for software applications.  Arch Linux is  simple yet powerful enough to be run on workstations and Servers. Typically, Arch Linux based systems don’t provide GUI configuration utilities, and most configurations are achieved by the use of command line or terminal.

Manjaro Linux is an Arch Linux based OS but it offers much more features/ease of use as compared to the traditional Arch based distributions. We have listed some of its great features below.

Graphical Installation

Manjaro Linux , despite being an Arched based system, provides a very intuitive graphical installation process. Installation process is pretty easy and users with basic know-how of Linux OS can install it quickly. We will cover detailed installation steps of Manjaro Linux later in this article.

Multiple Desktop Environments

Manjaro includes Xfce as its desktop environments, but users can install desktop environment of their own choice as well. This feature helps user configure their system according to their own needs and liking.

Graphical Package Manager [Pamac]

Manjaro includes Pamac as its default package manager. Pamac is pretty powerful application which lets user install, remove or update software packages within minutes.

Manjaro Pamac

Graphical Settings Manager

Manjaro offers a very user friendly graphical Setting Manager to customize settings related to Languages, User Accounts, Kernel, Hardware and Notifications.You can modify the look, feel and functionality of your operating system components from here.

Manjaro Setting Manager

Stable Rolling-release Model

Like all Arch based systems, the Rolling Release mode keeps Manjaro on the bleeding edge. You don’t need to downgrade entire release cycle because of one or two bad packages. Manjaro Linux manages a wide range of packages for commonly used software applications.


Installing Manjaro Linux

Let’s get started on its installation. There are two ways you can initiate the installation process for Manjaro.

  • Download Manjaro ISO file and burn it to DVD and boot your system from this DVD drive.
  • Create a Virtual Machine on your native operating system using any virtualization technology like VMware or Oracle Virtual Box and boot your newly created Virtaul Machine using the downloaded ISO of Manjaro Linux [This method is for advanced users]

Regardless of the option you use, here is what will be the very first screen when you boot your system using Manjaro ISO.

Manjaro Welcome
Choose “Start (Non-Free drivers)”option from above shown screen to initiate the graphical installation of the Manjaro Linux.  This option is the most recommended as it boots using proprietary graphics drivers ( the  drivers developed and owned by the manufacturers of graphics cards).
Manjaro loading
Click “Install Manjaro ” option from here. It will start the installation processes and will prompt you for some simple details.
Manjaro Installation Screen
Choose your preferred Language ; hit “Forward” button once done.
Manjaro Language
Select your location from here and click “Forward”.
Manjaro Location
“System Check” window will be displayed; it will be listing requirements for the installation to proceed successfully, Please ensure all requirements are met and click “Forward” to move install to the next stage.
System Check
Choose your Keyboard Layout from here:
KeyBoard Layout
Next step, “Installation Type” screen will let you choose how to move further with the installation on the disk. You can encrypt installation, use LVM or customize your partition settings from here. Hit “Forward” when done.
Installation Media
On next step “Who are you” , you can specify your user account name and its associated password. Click  “Forward” to proceed to the next step of the installation. Make sure that its not set to auto log in, for security reasons, and that you use a seperate root password.
User Account Majaro
That’s all, Installation process will start running now.  It has a nice graphical interface where you will be able to track installation progress.
Majaro Installation
Once installation process completes, It will ask you to reboot your system once.
Manjor Install complete
Here is the desktop screen for your Manjaro Linux OS running XCFE as desktop environment.
manjaro Desktop
You can also access the AUR (Arch User Repos), but the minimal install doesnt install all files, and trying to use yaourt will bring up errors.
So enter the following command via the terminal, and as root

pacman -Sy yaourt base-devel

Installing the base system with minimal Desktop doesnt install all software. Also after installing grub, it doesnt detect Windows if you have a dual boot system. So here is what you need to do, to reinstall grub so it detects Windows.

First, install the software applications mtools and os-prober. mtools is a collection of tools to access MS-DOS disks from GNU/Linux and Unix without mounting them. os-prober is a utility that detects if there are any other operating systems present. Install them both with the following command:

pacman -S mtools os-prober

Install a new GRUB bootloader with the following command:

grub-install /dev/sda

Finally, configure the freshly installed GRUB bootloader:


Checkout this nice list of Pacman Terminal Commands