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How to Create Bootable USB for Arch Linux?

  • Last Updated : 11 May, 2021

A bootable USB or live USB is a USB flash drive that contains a bootable operating system. We create these USB flash drives when we wanted to refresh or change our operating system. Let’s discuss how we can create a Bootable USB flash drive for Arch Linux. Download the Arch ISO image from the Arch download page. Here, https://archlinux.org/download/.

Arch Linux Download Page

Arch Linux ISO

Method 1: Using dd command

Step 1: Check the available disks on the system using the following command. fdisk is a command-line utility used to get info about removable and non-removable disks. Here, -l flag means listing available disks.

sudo fdisk -l
fdisk list

Listing available disks

The highlighted one is my removable disk of 32gb. Run the above command and note down the path where the disk is mounted. Here, my disk is mounted at /dev/sdc.

Step 2: Write the ISO image to the removable USB. dd is an acronym for convert and copy, it is called dd because cc is already in use by the C compiler. dd is a command-line utility tool used for creating bootable USB. It converts and copies the ISO image to the USB flash drive. bs is used to set the input and output block size. 



sudo dd bs=4M if=path/to/the/archlinux.iso of=/dev/sdc
dd method to create bootable drive

Successfully created a bootable USB

Method 2: Using imagewriter

Step 1: Open up the image writer tool using the following command :

imagewriter

Step 2: Insert a USB stick into the computer.

Step 3: Select the downloaded Arch ISO.

Step 4: Click on the write button, a popup will be promoted click the button, and you’re all done.

imagewriter

imagewriter

Step 5: Wait until it completes the writing ISO, then unplug the USB.

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