Choose your desktop environment:
KDE, Xfce, GNOME, Cinnamon, Qtile, i3wm and Sway.
We are happy to release the brand new Spizaetus release on October
29 2023! This release focuses on many usability improvements and
also features a brand new Hyprland community edition. We also say
farewell to a few editions which are missing a maintainer.
We make the installation process simple by using the Calamares
installer, which is both fast and easy to use.
Unleash the beauty
With handpicked desktop themes, appealing shell look and beautiful
blur effects out of the box, Garuda Linux never lets you down.
BTRFS as the default filesystem with zstd compression
BTRFS is a modern, Copy-on-Write (CoW) filesystem for Linux, aimed
at implementing advanced features while also focusing on fault
tolerance, repair and easy administration. We use automatic
snapshots out of the box.
(Garuda Assistant) GUI tool for various common tasks along with
While being a rolling release distro, our goal is to ensure that
your system will not be left in an unbootable state after a
problematic update. Thus, we use the BTRFS filesystem integrated
with Snapper which employs an automatic snapshot feature, backing
up the system configuration before each update. You can access
recent snapshots directly from GRUB*
Chaotic-AUR: a repository with huge selection of precompiled binaries
Garuda uses Chaotic-AUR as repository featuring one of the bigger
precompiled software choices out there out of the box. Among the
selection of software are a lot of emulators, kernels, games,
themes and other commonly used tools - around 2400 packages right
A privacy-friendly yet usable browser based on LibreWolf (FireDragon)
We ship our own browser, FireDragon which is forked from
LibreWolf. Amongst its features are privacy-friendly defaults,
enhanced KDE integration and a small collection of useful addons.
The default search engine is
SearX instance run on our server.
GUI for managing drivers and kernels (Garuda Settings Manager)
GUI for installing curated gaming software (Garuda Gamer)
Garuda Linux is a rolling release distro based on Arch Linux, which
ensures always getting the latest software updates. Besides the Arch
official repositories, we use 2 extra repositories on top,
the Chaotic AUR and Garuda
Linux Zen Kernel
A faster, more-responsive Linux kernel optimized for desktop,
multimedia and gaming. Result of a collaborative effort of kernel
hackers to provide the best Linux kernel possible for everyday
Ease of Use
We use micro as the default, terminal-based text editor that aims to
be easy to use and intuitive, while taking advantage of the
capabilities of modern terminals.
Garuda Linux offers you various GUI tools for managing system
settings out of the box to make your jump-start easier.
Garuda Linux will always remain free and open source. Our source
code is currently hosted on
GitLab . Everyone
has right to copy, compile, study, modify and redistribute the
source code. We create it to have a Linux-based operating system
that is easy to use and beautiful.
Choose between battery saving and performance tweaks
Our goal is to provide a distro that is versatile while making it
beautiful. That's why we provide the option of using battery saving
or performance tweaks
1. Improved I/O performance (performance)
2. CPU scheduler can be set to power-save or performance
3. ZRAM enabled by default
4. Systemd-oomd as OOM prevention daemon
5. Ananicy-Cpp, which automatically adjust NICE levels
*Garuda Linux does not imply that BTRFS snapshots are a full backup
solution. If you wish to ensure your data's security you must implement
your own full data backup regimen. Garuda is not responsible in any way
or manner if data loss of any kind occurs. The user is solely
responsible for ensuring the safety of their own data. Likewise, Garuda
cannot guarantee that BTRFS snapshots can recover your system to a
functional state in the event of a serious system breakage.