In order to install Manjaro on your PC, you'll need to make bootable installation media. The easiest way to do this is by writing Manjaro to a USB stick and making it bootable. That's exactly what we'll show you how to do in this guide.

You'll be provided with the insructions for making a bootable USB stick from both a graphical user interface and the command line. We'll cover the steps for Linux users and Windows users alike.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to download Manjaro Linux ISO image
  • How to create bootable USB from Linux command line
  • How to create bootable USB from Linux GUI
  • How to create bootable USB from Windows
Manjaro Linux
Manjaro Linux
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Manjaro Linux
Software N/A
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Download Manjaro

The first thing you'll need is a Manjaro ISO file. You can get one from Manjaro's official download page or check out our full guide on downloading Manjaro.

On Manjaro's download page, there are a few choices depending on which desktop environment you'd like to run. Among those available are Xfce, KDE, and GNOME. It all depends on user preference, so download the ISO file you'd like to install.


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Create bootable USB from Linux command line

Once you have your Manjaro ISO file downloaded, insert your USB stick into the computer.

Use the following command to see what device name Linux has given to your USB stick:

$ sudo fdisk -l
fdisk gives us the label of the USB stick
fdisk gives us the label of the USB stick

In the screenshot above, you can see that our flash drive's device is labelled /dev/sdb. Take note of whatever yours is labelled (it should be very similar, but maybe contain a different letter); we'll need this in a moment.

Now, we can use the following dd command to burn the ISO file to our USB stick:

$ sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/manjaro.iso of=/dev/sdb status=progress oflag=sync

Of course, replace /path/to/manjaro.iso with the path to your Manjaro ISO, and replace /dev/sdb with the name of your device.



dd command being used to copy ISO contents to USB stick
dd command being used to copy ISO contents to USB stick

dd will now copy the contents of the ISO file over to your USB stick. When it's done, you're ready to use the USB drive as Manjaro installation media.

Create bootable USB from Linux GUI

To burn a Manjaro ISO to USB via Linux's graphical interface, Manjaro recommends the ImageWriter application, although there likely are a plethora of similar tools available in your operating system's software manager which would be suitable for the job.

Look in your software manager for ImageWriter, or grab a similar tool that you are familiar with or want to try out. Insert your USB stick and open up ImageWrter.

Install Imagewriter from your systems software manager
Install Imagewriter from your systems software manager

Click on the center icon and navigate to where you downloaded the Manjaro ISO file. Highlight it and click Open.

Browse to and select your Manjaro ISO file
Browse to and select your Manjaro ISO file

Once you make sure that you have your USB drive selected in ImageWriter, you're ready to write the ISO file to the USB stick. Click Write.

Make sure your USB stick and ISO file are selected and click Write
Make sure your USB stick and ISO file are selected and click Write

ImageWriter will begin transferring the contents of the ISO file to your USB stick. When it completes this process, you're ready to use the USB stick to install Manjaro on a PC.

Imagewriter begins copying the ISO file contents to the USB stick
Imagewriter begins copying the ISO file contents to the USB stick


Create bootable USB from Windows

If you're currently running Windows and want to make a bootable Manjaro USB stick, the Manjaro documentation recommends an app called Rufus. Head over to the Rufus website to download the latest version.

Open Rufus and select your USB under the "Device" setting. Also, click on "SELECT" to show Rufus where your Manjaro ISO file is located.

Select the correct device and navigate to your Manjaro ISO file
Select the correct device and navigate to your Manjaro ISO file

Once you have your USB stick and ISO file selected, click the Start button near the bottom to begin copying the contents of the ISO file to your USB.

Click START for Rufus to begin writing the changes to USB
Click START for Rufus to begin writing the changes to USB

Rufus begins its process. When it's done, you can eject your USB stick and use it as Manjaro installation media to install the OS on any PC you please.

Rufus is copying the contents of the ISO file to the USB stick
Rufus is copying the contents of the ISO file to the USB stick

Conclusion

In this guide, we learned how to create a Manjaro Linux bootable USB from Linux GUI, Linux terminal, and Windows. With your Manjaro bootable USB, you'll be able to pop it into any computer's USB drive to boot into Manjaro's live environment and, optionally, install Manjaro to the system's hard disk.

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