I am currently running Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi. I would like to change distribution to Arch Linux ARM. Is it possible, from Raspbian, to create a new partition and install Arch on it? If so, how?

Once this has been done, how can I then delete the Raspbian partition?

  • Is it because you have no laptop or PC that you want to create a new partition, not just backup the data and copy the new system on top of the old one?
    – user147505
    Aug 20, 2016 at 16:30
  • The end goal is to have Raspbian completely uninstalled, and Arch Linux ARM running. I assumed that this would require first installing Arch on a new partition, but I am happy to follow whatever the best way to achieve this would be. I have a Macbook, and am logged into the Pi via SSH. The reason that I did not just install it from the Macbook is because the installation steps on the following page cannot be carried out from a Mac: archlinuxarm.org/platforms/armv7/broadcom/raspberry-pi-2
    – Russell
    Aug 20, 2016 at 16:39
  • But do you need to do this on Raspberry? Or do you have a laptop or a PC that can help you?
    – user147505
    Aug 20, 2016 at 16:41
  • It would be useful if you tell us your hardware configuration. The Raspberry can only boot from the SD card as far as I am aware, and it has only one SD card slot. It may be possible to overwrite the current OS by being extremely careful and placing all needed things in a ramfs, but that is completely unneeded in this case. And it is very dangerous to try to overwrite the current OS since, if you do something wrong or forget about something, there's no way to fix it. Are you really installing Arch on the SD card from which the Pi booted?
    – grochmal
    Aug 20, 2016 at 16:48
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    Seriously, do not try to re-partition a disk from where your OS is running. At best you can buy a SD-to-USB converter and then do it on a separate SD card. Finally, what are your problems on OSX? The only command there that is not trivial is bsdtar which is simply tar with BSD parameters, which turns out to the the default tar on OSX. (also, use the @ calls, e.g. @Russel, to get people's attention, makes things easier to search :) )
    – grochmal
    Aug 20, 2016 at 23:48

1 Answer 1


Noobs has Arch.

Follow the Noobs Setup video on this site.

It will tell you how to install it from Mac.

Here's the download site.

  • Sadly my version of Noobs did not come with Arch - I was expecting that it would but Raspbian was my only option.
    – Russell
    Aug 20, 2016 at 16:54
  • Get the one they have on that site.
    – user147505
    Aug 20, 2016 at 16:55
  • They show the selection of systems in that video at 3'10''.
    – user147505
    Aug 20, 2016 at 16:58

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