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How to Install Manjaro Gnome step by step with screenshots

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In this guide we are going through the process if installing Manjaro 21 Gnome with screenshots.

Manjaro is a popular Arch-based beginner friendly Linux distribution. It follows a rolling release update cycle. Unlike Arch Linux, almost everything is pre-configured in Manjaro. This makes it easy to install and get up and running with Manjaro. Manjaro can be suitable for both and experienced users.

Manjaro is available for download in 3 different official desktop environments (XFCE, KDE Plasma, GNOME) but other editions can be fund like the Community Editions and ARM . You can check in the downloads page here.

The installation file can be found in this page https://manjaro.org/downloads/official/gnome/. After the download is complete, create a Live USB using any utility of your choice. Popular utilities include:

  • Etcher – can be used in Mac, Windows and Linux to create a bootable Live USB
  • Unetbootin – can be used in Mac, Windows and Linux to create a bootable Live USB
  • Rufus – another tool that can be used

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System Requirements

  • 2GB RAM
  • 20 GB of Hard disk space
  • Minimum of 2 GHz processor
  • Internet connection
  • If you are trying the software, you need a Virtualization software, such as VirtualBox, Shells, or VMware
  • A bootable USB stick of Manjaro

Plug in the USB in your system, change BIOS settings to boot from it.

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  1. Boot into the installation medium by tweaking the boot priority in the bios setting to start with it. Upon booting, you will get this screen asking you to boot or test the installation medium. Choose boot with open source drivers.
Manjaro 21 boot screen

Manjaro 21 boot screen
  1. Once chosen, the live CD will proceed to boot. In the next screen, Manjaro will boot to live os. A dialog box with links to documentation, support and projects will be displayed. Since we are only interested in installation, click Launch Installer to start the installer.
Manjaro 21 install live boot

Manjaro 21 install live boot
  1. In the next screen, choose your installation language. I will stick with the default selected language – American English. Click Next to proceed.
Manjaro 21 Install choose language

Manjaro 21 Install choose language
  1. In the next screen, you should choose your timezone location. Click next after choosing.
Manjaro 21 install choose timezone

Manjaro 21 install choose timezone
  1. In the next screen, pick your Keyboard set up then click next.
Manjaro 21 install choose keyboard

Manjaro 21 install choose keyboard
  1. In the next stage, choose your partition set up. Since I will be installing Manjaro in the current disk. I will choose the Erase option. I will also choose Swap (With Hibernate) from the dropdown then click Next.
Manjaro 21 install partitioning

Manjaro 21 install partitioning
  1. Next we have to create a user. Input the info for the user to create and a strong password as shown below. I have also selected the option to use the same password for the administrator account so I can do sudo as my user.
Manjaro 21 Install Create User

Manjaro 21 Install Create User
  1. In the next screen you will be given an overview of what will happen once you start the installation. If everything is Ok, click Install.
Manjaro 21 install summary

Manjaro 21 install summary
  1. Be patient while the installation process occurs. This will not take long.
Manjaro 21 installation progress

Manjaro 21 installation progress
  1. Once the installation is done, you will be given an option to restart now. Click it and wait for the system to restart.
Manjaro 21 install restart

Manjaro 21 install restart
  1. If everything is Ok, the system should restart and take you to the login screen as shown below.
Manjaro 31 install Login

Manjaro 31 install Login

Conclusion

We managed to install Manjaro with the above steps.

I am a Devops Engineer, but I would describe myself as a Tech Enthusiast who is a fan of Open Source, Linux, Automations, Cloud and Virtualization. I love learning and exploring new things so I blog in my free time about Devops related stuff, Linux, Automations and Open Source software. I can also code in Python and Golang.

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