Warning – arkOS is still in development. Many tools are not yet working, and you should not yet depend on arkOS for anything other than testing at this time. Please stay connected via one of the methods listed on the Contact page to get updates on project development.

Download via arkOS Assistant

arkOS Assistant is an application that runs on your home computer that allows you to install arkOS to an SD card and, if desired, an accompanying USB drive. It also scans your network for running arkOS servers and allows you to easily connect to their respective management interfaces. The arkOS Assistant is the default recommended way for installing arkOS to a variety of devices.

Source for the arkOS Assistant can be found on our Gitlab.

Install on an Arch Linux-compatible PC or device

If you are able to run Arch Linux on a PC or a type of embedded device that we don't currently have images for, chances are you are also able to run arkOS on it! Once you have Arch installed, run:

curl -s | sudo python

The installation process will begin to convert your system to arkOS. Please note that this script performs a full system conversion to arkOS, meaning that it may change many system settings to match what an initial arkOS install is supposed to look like. Make sure this is really what you want (and that you are willing to essentially sacrifice the current Arch install) before you proceed.

Install arkOS CLI

arkOS CLI is a command-line interface for local and remote management of arkOS servers. It provides a quick and easy alternative to managing your server via the Genesis web interface. It can be installed on your local client computer and run through the Terminal.

Installation of the CLI requires pip, installable through Python for Windows, Homebrew for MacOS, or the default package manager for your Linux distribution. To install the CLI, run:

sudo pip install arkos-cli

For information on how to use the CLI, see the documentation.

Install arkOS from Image

If you do not wish to use the arkOS Assistant, you can still install arkOS by manually flashing the images to your devices. Instructions on how to install these images can be found on the Wiki.

Select your download mirror:

Device Download – Default (SD Card) Download – Split Boot/Data (SD Card + USB Drive)
Cubieboard2 Download Download
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ODROID U-Series Download Download
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Raspberry Pi 2 Download Download
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arkOS Testing and Development

You can install a Vagrant box on any Windows/OS X/Linux computer to begin using arkOS for testing or development purposes. See the appropriate documentation for help in getting started.


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