Virtual machines are a great way to run new operating systems without installing them directly on your computer. You can try out your favorite Linux distros before using them for good, given the isolated but easy-to-install procedures.
If you are sure to install Manjaro directly on your PC, you can create a bootable USB/CD and use it to boot your computer. On the contrary, if you want to try out Manjaro Linux before installing it on your system, you can use a virtual machine.
Here’s how to install Manjaro Linux on your PC, both directly and using VirtualBox.
Step 1: Download Manjaro ISO
Manjaro Linux recently launched a series of new desktop versions, which users can download to experience the distro’s latest features:
- Plasma KDEComment
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To download: Manjaro ISO
Step 2: Creating a bootable Manjaro USB drive
You can burn the Manjaro ISO image to a USB flash drive and use it to boot your PC. You can use Rufus, which formats USB sticks and CDs to create installation media from an ISO image.
To download: Rufus
If you want to install Manjaro on a virtual machine, you can go directly to the next step.
Once you launch Rufus, it automatically identifies the flash drive and displays related details. You can also install Manjaro on your USB stick if you want.
Click on the Select to select the ISO image. Rufus automatically chooses the default partitioning scheme with the target system, BIOS and UEFI.
Click on Begin once you are ready to start the burning process. Select Write to ISO image mode in the next pop-up window. Once the status bar stops, you will get a final pop-up message confirming that the process is complete.
To load from the drive, simply reboot your system, enter the BIOS menu, and boot directly from the flash drive.
Step 3: Creating a virtual machine for Manjaro on VirtualBox
Manjaro is among the best Arch Linux distros and for obvious reasons. Its flexibility, adaptability and ease of installation allow you to use it as you wish.
If you are installing Manjaro directly on your computer, skip to the next step.
First, download and install VirtualBox on your system.
To download: VirtualBox
Open VirtualBox; click on the New top icon. A Create a virtual machine dialog box will open. Enter the desired name for your machine.
You can change the location of the machine folder if the default location does not suit you. From Type drop-down list, select linux. From the version drop-down list, select Arch Linux (64-bit).
Next, you need to set the memory size for your VM. The preferred size is 2048 MB.
On the Hard disk screen, leave the default setting and click Next.
Select VDI and knock Next. Picking out Dynamically assigned on the next screen, especially if you are not an advanced user.
Once you reach the File location and size screen, you will need to allocate space for your virtual machine (Manjaro). You can set it to 20 GB for best results. Click on Create once done.
With the basic configurations in place, you need to add the Manjaro ISO image to your virtual machine before powering it on. To add the image, go to Settings icon on your virtual machine screen.
Navigate to the Storage tongue; click on Empty under the Controller: IDE section. Below Attributes on the right, click the disk icon to open the browser window.
Click on Choose a disk file option from the drop-down list. Navigate to where your ISO image is stored and add it to the virtual machine. Click on Okonce done.
That’s it; you are ready to start your newly created virtual machine. Click the machine name on the left side to start the VM.
After loading the machine configurations, you will land on the Welcome filter. If you are satisfied with the default settings, press the key. Walk in key to begin the autoload process.
Step 4: Installing Manjaro from Desktop GUI
The first section configures the parameters required to start the installation process in a virtual machine. As soon as the machine boots, you have the option to choose between open-source drivers and proprietary drivers. You can select either option during installation. If you choose nothing, the screen will automatically select an option and begin the installation.
Once you are on the Manjaro Hello screen, click on the Launch the installer button. This installer allows you to customize the distribution to your needs.
If your system meets all the requirements, set your preferred language and proceed to the next screen by clicking Next.
On the next screen you can set the region and zone. The selection will determine your system date and time.
Set the default keyboard layout; leave it at the default if the current layout matches your preferences. Click on Next once you have selected the keyboard layout.
On the next screen, set your disk allocation and decide how you want to allocate the different memory slots to each disk. In addition, you have the option of erasing the disk or setting it up automatically.
Alternatively, you can select manual partitioning if you are an advanced user.
On the next screen, set some system details, such as your name, username, password, and admin password.
You can check all the details on the final screen before the installation begins.
If everything is in order, click on the Install button. In the next pop-up window, click Install now.
The next screen will show you the installation progress and configuration details of Manjaro. After installation, you will need to restart the system.
Check the box and click Do. This will automatically restart your system.
For VirtualBox users, before rebooting your newly installed machine, you need to do one last task. Navigate to the Settings tab on your VirtualBox interface and click Storage.
Select the ISO image and remove it from the installation settings. Right-click on the ISO image and select Remove attachment to delete the image.
Click on Ok.
If you install Manjaro directly on your PC, you must remove the USB key before rebooting.
Now you can start your machine and wait for it to load. You will be greeted with a pop-up asking for your credentials. Log in with your username and password.
Since your Manjaro machine is out of the box, feel free to install apps and explore your system’s themes, icons, settings, and other details.
For best results, you should follow pop-ups and update your system packages, especially if you are using it for the first time.
Install Manjaro on a PC with ease
Installing Manjaro on your PC and VirtualBox is relatively easy, especially if you follow all the steps carefully. You can also install Manjaro on other virtual environments, including QEMU/KVM virtual machines.
These environments are specialized and meet all user needs effectively and efficiently. You can choose the installation option that best suits your needs.