ArcoLinux is available for everyone for free. You can download it and make as many copies and installations you want. All you have to do is download the iso and burn it on a usb or dvd and boot from your media.

We recommend you install ArcoLinux on an SSD as the only operating system. Installing ArcoLinux along side your existing operating system(s) is possible. You decide.

Testdrive ArcoLinux without making any changes to your system
decide to install to bare metal

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Download the iso from Sourceforge


If you have a slow connection, you can always choose a nearby  server/mirror.

Checking the integrity of the medium

If you want to check if the download is not corrupted in any way then you can do a MD5 check.

When dealing with large or critical file downloads, it’s often advised to check the integrity of the file. This is easily done using any one of various programs such as md5sum.

Checking the integrity of the file is done for a couple of reasons. The first is that it guarantees that the file is not corrupt by checking it against a the value of sourceforge. The second is that it guarantees the file to be authentic and has not been tampered with by unknown third parties.

Performing the integrity check with md5sum is quite simple. Open a terminal or command prompt in the directory where the disk image is and type “md5sum” followed by the file name.

Go to Sourceforge and press on the button behind the file with “i” or information to know the security checks of the file, you want to download.

How to create bootable media
On Windows we can recommend Rufus. Follow the tutorial to see where to get rufus and the iso and how to burn it to a usb.

You can also use UNetbootin as burner. This application will work on Linux, Windows. We experienced problems using it on Mac. Etcher is however a great alternative for mac users.

If you need to burn the iso to a dvd then we can recommend Cdburnerxp and Imgburn for Windows.

You can use UNetbootin as burner. This application will work on Linux, Windows and Mac. You will need to follow similar steps as on Windows.


Leaving the youtube tutorial online so you do not waste your time with it. Youtube tutorial.

Alternative solution is : etcher

On Mac you can use the Burn application to burn the iso to a dvd.


We recommend you use an usb to install ArcoLinux. Simply because you can reuse it and it is a faster medium than a dvd. If you are on ArchMerge you have already Mintstick installed.

Use the menu or go via the terminal:

mintstick -m iso

Other linux distro’s can use Suse Image Writer which has a gui.

AUR – Antergos, Arch, Manjaro
.deb – Debian, Ubuntu, Mint
.rpm – openSUSE, Fedora

There is also Etcher that you can try out.

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