How To Install Manjaro ARM On Raspberry Pi 4 B?

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Manjaro Linux is one of the leading Arch-based distros in the Linux market. One of the main reasons for its popularity is; even though it’s an Arch-based distro, it’s fairly easy to use. The huge developer and user base have also led to the OS’s development for various platforms like smartphones and Raspberry Pi. In this article, let’s look at how to install Manjaro ARM on Raspberry Pi 4 B.

We have also made guides about how to install Android on Raspberry Pi 4, how to install Ubuntu-Mate on Raspberry Pi 4 B, and how to install Raspbian/Raspberry Pi OS using NOOBS on Raspberry Pi 4 B so, do make sure to check them out.

Install Manjaro ARM Linux On Raspberry Pi 4

Prerequisites:

  • A fast MicroSD card with an SDHC adapter/USB Reader
  • A Windows or a Linux machine
  • Raspberry Pi Imager Software
  • Manjaro ARM Linux XFCE For Raspberry Pi Image file
  • A Raspberry Pi 4 with at least 4GB RAM
  • A monitor, keyboard, micro HDMI to full-size HDMI cable, official Raspberry Pi charger, and a Type-C cable.
  • Patience.

If you don’t have an SD card but a USB drive to boot from it, you’ll need to enable USB boot on Raspberry Pi and then proceed to flash Manjaro on Raspberry Pi 4 using USB boot.

You can also install Manjaro ARM Linux by just using the Raspberry Pi Imager, without downloading the image from the official Manjaro website. All you need to do is:

  • Click on the Choose OS option in the Raspberry Pi Imager, as shown in the images below.
  • Then find and click on the “Other general-purpose OS” option in the list.
other general purpose os
  • Click on Manjaro ARM Linux and install the XFCE variant among the other variants. More on “Why XFCE?” later.
  • Finally, click on the write button. The flashing process might take around 25-30 minutes, depending on your internet speed.

If you want to learn more about what is Raspberry Pi, check out our in-depth guide here!

Why Manjaro ARM Linux XFCE Edition?

One major reason why you should choose XFCE is that:

  1. It consumes very few system resources and feels smooth (Only 1 GB of RAM out of 4 GB was being used)
  2. Comes with a good amount of useful pre-loaded apps.
  3. XFCE is easy to use for beginners. Other variants with Desktop environments like I3 take time to get used to.

Also read, Raspberry Pi Headless Setup: Control Your Raspberry Pi From Anywhere

Set Up Manjaro

Once you’re done with the installation process, setting it up is a piece of cake. Here are the things you need to do to set it up successfully.

  • After booting up, you’ll first need to select the keyboard layout.
choose your keyboard layout - how to install manjaro arm on raspberry pi 4
  • Then you’ll be asked to enter the username.
enter desired username - manjaro arm
  • Then add additional groups, if any, or else, just press enter to select OK.
enter additional groups - manjaro arm
  • Now, set the full name of the computer and press enter.
enter a desired full username - manjaro arm
  • Enter a new password to create a new login password for your PC.
enter a new password
  • Now enter the Root password. It can be the same as the login password.
enter a new root password
  • Finally, choose your timezone and hostname for your system. Set the default hostname as raspberrypi.
enter your timezone - how to install manjaro arm on raspberry pi 4
  • Confirm the entered information is correct and hit the enter key if Yes.
confirm if below information is correct- how to install manjaro arm on raspberry pi 4
  • Welcome to Manjaro ARM Linux for Raspberry Pi!
welcome to manjaro linux - how to install manjaro arm on raspberry pi 4

That’s pretty much it in the installation process. If you want to read more Raspberry Pi articles, we’ve got a whole series in the making so, stay tuned for it.

Let us know in the comments section below if you found this tutorial helpful. Do let us know if you’re stuck and need help, and we’ll reach out to you as soon as possible.

Mohammed Abubakar

Mohammed Abubakar

Abubakar is a passionate tech writer whose love for tech started in 2011 when he got a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Linux and open-source, you'll find him binge-watching anime or Tech content on YouTube.

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