How to install Antergos 2016 in your PC

Antergos is one of the great-looking free Linux distros meant for everyone. The first version of antergos was launched in 2012, and since then, it has gained substantial popularity and community. It went into the top 25 Linux distros in a record time and now stands in 12th place in the distrowatch.

Antergos is based on Arch Linux. The icons used in the OS are so beautiful that one may want to lick them! Antergos installer is called Cnchi, which initially closely resembled Ubuntu’s Ubiquity but has evolved into a unique original installer. The desktop environment supports GNOME, Cinnamon, Openbox, Xfce, and the new KDE 5. So pretty much all GTK bases there. By default install, Antergos ships with GNOME.

Antergos Settings App
Antergos Settings App

What’s special about Antergos

Antergos is a fork of Arch Linux, so basically, you are running Arch Linux at the system level. It’s a known fact that Arch Linux is not for everybody. It’s suited for a user who already has some Linux knowledge. Antergos capitalizes on what looks like a drawback of Arch Linux and gives a desktop that’s meant for everyone.

Rolling Distribution

Like Arch Linux, Antergos is also a rolling distribution release, which means installing it once and updating forever. So there is no need to track the end-of-life and reinstall a new version later.

Install Antergos 2016


Before you head to install, you need to keep two things ready:

  1. Antergos Live USB drive or CD
  2. Prepare your PC for Linux installation and make two partitions, including ext4 and SWAP.

Begin Installation

STEP 1: Insert or plugin the Antergos Live CD/USB drive to your computer and boot into it. You may have to enable UEFI mode to boot into USB flash drives.

STEP 2: Once you boot into the Live image, you should see the Antergos boot options as shown below. Select ‘Start Antergos Live’.

Antergos Live Image Boot Screen
Antergos Live Image Boot Screen

STEP 3: You should now see the Live desktop environment. It would be best if you had an internet connection enabled via Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Without that, you can’t proceed further. Antergos’s installer Cnchi updates real-time, and then you will see the ‘Welcome to Antergos!’ pop-up window. Click ‘Install it’.

Antergos Installer Welcome Window
Antergos Installer Welcome Window

STEP 4:  Choose your language and then click >

Antergos Installer - Choose Language
Antergos Installer – Choose Language

STEP 5: You should see a checklist of things to do for the best antergos experience. Click >.

Antergos Installer - System Check
Antergos Installer – System Check

STEP 6: Select your location from the list. You can get more locations by enabling the checkbox ‘Show all locations’. Click >.

Antergos Installer - Select your location
Antergos Installer – Select your location

STEP 7: Confirm your Timezone and click >. Optionally you can enable/disable the ‘Network Time Protocol (NTP) for the clock synchronization option. This option, when turned ON, will synchronize the clock time automatically. Click >.

Antergos Installer - Select Your Timezone

Antergos Installer – Select Your Timezone

STEP 8: Select keyboard layout style and click >.

STEP 9: Select your Desktop version. You have 6 options to choose from. GNOME is selected by default. If you are a newbie to Linux and confused about choosing one, I would suggest Cinnamon. It is a powerful and user-friendly desktop developed by the Linux Mint community and suits users migrating from the Microsoft Windows platform. I will go with GNOME in my test PC, which is also an elegant and user-friendly desktop environment. Click >.

Antergos Installer - Choose Your Desktop
Antergos Installer – Choose Your Desktop

STEP 10: This is the best part of the installation, you can turn ON the third-party software, plugins, and even Google Fonts right here, and the installer will download and include it during OS installation. If you have a very slow internet connection, I recommend leaving with default selections and proceed.

Antergos Installer - Choose Applications and Features
Antergos Installer – Choose Applications and Features

STEP 11: In the next critical step, you have two options to choose from regarding installation type.

Option 1: Erase disk and install Antergos.

I would suggest Option 1 only when your PC has nothing on the hard disk, or you want a clean swipe of hard disk and install Antergos, and that’s it – no other OS.  Antergos will automatically create the ext4 partition and SWAP partition. The entire hard disk, including all partitions, will be formatted in this option!

Option 2: Choose exactly where Antergos should be installed.

This is what most people do. You have complete control of where to install Antergos, and so only the partition you will indicate will be formatted.

I will choose option 2, i.e., ‘Choose exactly where Antergos should be installed’.

Click >.

Antergos Installer - Choose Installation Type
Antergos Installer – Choose Installation Type

STEP 12: In the next step, you will be presented with the current situation of the entire hard disk. If you have followed my Prerequisites #2 above, you should have your ext4 and SWAP configured already.

For example, I have partitioned my 54 GB hard disk to a 48 GB ext4 file system and 5 GB to the linux-swap file system. You can see the ‘Mount Checklist’ status. Initially, both Root and Swap will not be good. We will have to configure and make them good.

Antergos Installer - Advance Installation Mode
Antergos Installer – Advanced Installation Mode

STEP 13: Select the ext4 partition and click ‘Edit’. In the pop-up window, select ‘Mount Point’ as ‘/’ from the drop-down list. Tick the box ‘Format’. Click ‘Apply’.

Antergos Installer - Advance Installation Mode - Configure Mount Point
Antergos Installer – Advanced Installation Mode – Configure Mount Point

STEP 14: Similarly, select the swap partition and click ‘Edit’. Make it a ‘swap’ partition. Click ‘Apply’.

Antergos Installer - Advance Installation Mode - Configure SWAP space
Antergos Installer – Advanced Installation Mode – Configure SWAP space

STEP 15: You should now see the ‘Mount Checklist’ status updates with a green good sign.

Bootloader: This is one more critical thing. The bootloader is the screen that loads first when you start your computer. Linux’s bootloader is GRUB. It can automatically identify OS installed on your computer and include them in the list when you start the PC. For example, if you have Windows installed on another partition, GRUB will add a Windows boot line along with the antergos. You can select the OS to boot into. The bootloader should not be installed on a partition. It should be on the hard disk itself. Typically this is selected by default. Click >.

Antergos Installer - Advance Installation Mode - Partitions Configured
Antergos Installer – Advanced Installation Mode – Partitions Configured

STEP 16: The installer will finally show the summary of what’s going to happen. This is the last chance before the selected hard disk partitions will be formatted. So proceed cautiously! Click > and confirm.

STEP 17: Next, you will have to create your User Account. Click ‘Save’.

Enter User Account Details
Enter User Account Details

STEP 18: Sit back and relax while antergos is downloaded and installed!

Installing antergos...
Installing antergos…

STEP 19: After installation is complete, remove the Live CD/USB and restart the PC. Enjoy Antergos!

Antergos Applications Screen
Antergos Applications Screen



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  1. I have done every steps as u have done but my laptop doesnt run antergos
    After reboot It has a error as”windows boot manager boot failed ”
    And on 1 enter there appears “no bootable device found”
    Then lets me choose boot option
    After another enter this process continues
    So i cannot have antergos but when i installed windows it successfully installed and works well in the same laptop
    What is the problem i couldnt find
    Please help me. I want to use antergos as my default os

    • I think this is BIOS setting problem. To boot into USB you must have enabled UEFI mode in BIOS settings. You have may to revert the BIOS to legacy mode. I suggest to try that and let me know what happens.

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