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Cnchi GitHub release

Graphical Installer for Antergos Linux

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You are viewing the 0.16.x branch (stable).

Current Status

Development Stage Branch Version Code Status
Cnchi Stable 0.16.x 0.16.12 Frozen
Cnchi Development 0.17.x 0.17.1 Development
Cnchi Next (UI agnostic) master master Development


sudo -E

Optional parameters:

Command Description
-a , --a11y Set accessibility feature on by default
-c , --cache Use pre-downloaded xz packages when possible
-d , --debug Sets Cnchi log level to 'debug'
-e , --environment Sets the Desktop Environment that will be installed, see for options
-f , --force Runs cnchi even if it detects that another instance is running
-n , --no-check Makes checks optional in check screen
-p , --packagelist Install the packages referenced by a local xml instead of the defaults, see #617 for proper usage
-t , --no-tryit Disables first screen's 'try it' option
-v , --verbose Show logging messages to stdout
-V , --version Show Cnchi version and quit
-z , --hidden Show options in development (for developers only, do not use this!)

To create logs to help debug problems:

sudo -E -dv

Reporting bugs:

Please report any issues with Cnchi in the issue tracker. Provide all log files along with a detailed description:

  • /var/log/cnchi/cnchi.log
  • /var/log/cnchi/cnchi-alpm.log (if it exists)
  • /var/log/cnchi/postinstall.log (if it exists)
  • /var/log/cnchi/pacman.log (if it exists)


We manage our translations via Transifex


  • gtk3
  • python (python3)
  • python-cairo
  • python-chardet
  • python-dbus
  • python-feedparser
  • python-gobject
  • python-idna
  • python-mako
  • python-requests
  • geoip (python-geoip2, python-maxminddb, geoip2-database)
  • pyparted (parted, dosfstools, mtools, ntfs-3g, ntfsprogs)
  • pyalpm (alpm)
  • upower
  • gocryptfs
  • iso-codes
  • clutter, clutter-gtk, clutter-gst
  • gsteamer1.0
  • python-libnacl

Unit tests

  • python-mock

Fonts needed by the keyboard widget

  • ttf-aboriginal-sans
  • ttf-indic-otf
  • ttf-khmer
  • ttf-lohit-fonts
  • ttf-myanmar3
  • ttf-thaana-fonts
  • ttf-tlwg

Building Cnchi



Getting started

You will need to install all dependencies.

  • Fork Cnchi
  • Do your changes (use 0.16.x branch as base!)

Then, you can use the run script to test Cnchi. As this is a Installer, you will need to use a Virtual Machine or an additional harddisk to test it.

How to easy prepare a sane testing environment:

  1. Download Antergos ISO
  2. Create a new VM in Virtualbox, add the live iso and a virtual harddisk (two harddisks if you want to cache the downloaded packages)
  3. Run the VM
  4. Cnchi will open, close it.
  5. Remove Cnchi ISO version: sudo rm -rf /usr/share/cnchi
  6. Install git: sudo pacman -S git
  7. Install - Install your Cnchi version from your own repository:
cd /home/antergos
git clone<username>/cnchi
cd cnchi
sudo ln -s /home/antergos/cnchi /usr/share/cnchi
  1. Create a screenshot of the VM (so you don't have to redo all this each time you want to test your changes).
  2. Run Cnchi and start testing!

If your tests are OK, you can then create your PR and push it here (against development branch, which now it's 0.16.x)

Development Tips

When creating a Pull Request (PR), please check that you follow the PEP8 style guide (you have a stylized presentation at You can use pycodestyle (former pep8) or or whatever you prefer to check your python3 files.

Spaces are the preferred indentation method.

Documented classes

To start tinkering, we would recommend to check all open #issues and find one you find you will be able to start with (choose something that seems easy to do), so you feel familiar with cnchi's structure. You can find info about it at readthedocs