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Automated script to install i3 and all its programs on Arch Linux

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A collection of scripts for a fast an easy installation of all software, icons, themes, cursors, ... automatically.

This is my configuration for I3 improved tiling to be used on any archlinux distribution.

I will be using the following elements :

Sardi icons at AUR and Sourceforge

Surfn icons at AUR and Github

Aureola conky at Github

Plank themes at Github

More info can be found on

In the installation folder are all the scripts for you to have a great working environment but not directly a desktop environment.

I do not work with a display manager like mdm, gdm,... Xorg and I3 provide all the display you will ever need.

I suggest you read up to better understand what a tiling window manager is.

It is really great once you have mastered the most important shortcuts.






Installation of Arch Linux and consequently i3wm is documented on

1. Arch installation

Archlinux installation can be found in this article. It will be shown in VirtualBox in order to be able to make a tutorial. Remember to choose the proper graphical driver and not the virtual box driver when installing on a ssd or harddisk.

2. Desktop environment installation

I3 installation on Arch Linux can be found on this article

Youtube sources

Showing all sardi and surfn icons.


What can you do if the script does not execute?

Since I sometimes forget to make the script executable, I include here what you can do to solve that.

A script can only run when it is marked as an executable.

ls -al 

Above code will reveal if a script has an "x". X meaning executable. Google "chmod" and "execute" and you will find more info.

For now if this happens, you should apply this code in the terminal and add the file name.

chmod +x typeyourfilename

Then you can execute it by typing


Or you can follow these steps


But that is the fun in Linux.

You can do whatever Y O U want.

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