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TalkingArch is a project to create an ArchLinux install CD for blind and visually impaired users. It is as close to the official Arch Linux install CD as possible, adding speech output via the Speakup screen reader and braille output via brltty. You can read about it on this page from the Arch Wiki. You can download the image from the release page. If you just want a CD image, you can stop reading here! The rest of this document is only useful for those who want to build their own images.

Getting Started

First, grab the talkingarch-git package from the AUR. Build and install it. TalkingArch is built using the archiso scripts. So talkingarch-git depends on archiso-git. You will find archiso-git in the AUR, as well. You should update both packages regularly, to keep abreast of upstream changes. I encourage you to read archiso's README before proceeding. You can find that document at /usr/share/doc/archiso/README.

From here on, I'm going to assume that you have root privileges. You need them to build the images. Fire up a root shell, using your preferred method. The TalkingArch configuration is found in /usr/share/talkingarch/configs/releng. You can build your image right in that directory, if you're so inclined. But I'd copy it somewhere else, far away from /usr/share. For this example, we're going to build in /root/tarch, so execute the following: mkdir -p /root/tarch cp -dR /usr/share/talkingarch/configs/releng /root/tarch cd /root/tarch/releng Now you can run ./ ./ -h will list some extra options that are available. Note that the generated image is suitable for either a CD or a USB stick. Archiso now produces so-called hybrid ISOs. It's as easy as that!


You'll get a clone of the TalkingArch project when you build the talkingarch-git package from AUR. If you want to clone it manually, use the following:

$ git clone

Miscellaneous Notes

The TalkingArch configuration is only a slight modification of the configs/releng tree from the archiso project. Most of the modifications are confined to the overlay subdirectory. A couple of packages were also added to the package lists. The Makefile has also been modified to produce image files with "TalkingArch" in their names, and isolinux is configured to show the name TalkingArch. Otherwise, the TalkingArch configuration makes every attempt to be as close to the official Arch install media as possible.


All of the people who work on archiso have our heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for making this process so easy.

Also, we appreciate the people who have used and tested TalkingArch, especially those who sent useful comments and suggestions.

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