An ArchLinux-based lightweight desktop system

CTKArch is a minimalistic Arch Linux setup (and not a distribution), that comes with a set of carefully selected applications and provides maximum hardware support, exclusively using free open-source software.

It aims at providing the indispensable base applications for a desktop installation, while saving time on the installation process by autoconfiguring the system, in the same way you would have done by hand.

The included applications are chosen among the lighter available, yet keeping the interface user-friendly and the benefits of a rolling-release distribution: CTKArch has become the running proof that this is possible!

Its base principle is to leave the users the choice, when there is one: applications are only included if their usefulness mustn’t be questionable.

CTKArch includes a powerful add-on system, and support for a partition of persistent data, that allow to easily add customized applications to the live system, leaving the base ISO free of software some people may not appreciate.

The CTKArch live CD/USB is installable, for instance on your hard disk or memory card.

Once installed, it becomes a classical Arch Linux installation, with applications for web browsing, e-mail, chat, FTP, file-management & archiving, office, image, audio and video viewing & edition, and CD burning: just as if you had spent your day choosing them.


CTKArch 0.7 released

2011 / 04 / 07

CTKArch features a new optional bright theme!

Files are ordered in the iso to fasten the boot and Asunder (for cdrip) was added. This version allows you to turn your live into a “nomad install” by saving all system changes in a folder of the persistent data partition. MKaddon supports AUR packages.

Interface details have been improved: default file associations, environment menu, support for laptops' volume buttons…
Links: forum topic | ArchLinux BBS forum topic | (FR) ArchLinux-fr forum topic | (FR) LinuxFR announce

New website

2011 / 01 / 16

CTKArch has a new website!

It uses the graphics of the official Arch Linux site and is written simply, as it should be. ☺
If you are interested, the sources are available here.

CTKArch on

2010 / 12 / 15

Wow. I didn't expect my tiny live system to be taken for a distribution when I started “just for fun”!
But it looks like it is now worth a page on Distrowatch!

This had very good consequences: I received a lot of good advice and ideas by e-mail!


CTKArch: figures

  • 44MiB RAM used at boot
  • 1.7GiB of system/apps,
    gzip-compressed to 560MiB
  • 10-15s at boot on a netbook

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