EndeavourOS 21.4 "Atlantis" with Xfce
DeveloperBryan Poerwoatmodjo, Fernando Omiechuk Frozi, Johannes Kamprad, Manuel
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen-source
Initial releaseEndeavourOS 19.6 / 15 July 2019 (4 years ago) (2019-07-15)
Latest releaseEndeavourOS 01-2024 (Galileo Neo)[1] / 27 January 2024 (23 days ago) (2024-01-27)
Marketing targetPersonal computers
Update methodRolling release (Pacman)
Package managerPacman, AUR
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux kernel)
user interface
KDE Plasma (default)
Preceded byAntergos
Official websiteendeavouros.com

EndeavourOS is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. EndeavourOS uses a rolling release schedule. As of 27 January 2024, the most recent release is 01-2024 ("Galileo Neo").[2]

EndeavourOS features the graphical Calamares installer capable of installing the Xfce, KDE Plasma, GNOME, MATE, Cinnamon, Budgie, LXQt, LXDE desktop environments and the i3 window manager. KDE Plasma can be installed without an Internet connection.[3] Additionally, there were "community editions" providing the window managers QTile, BSPWM, Openbox and the EndeavourOS exclusive Worm, as well as the Sway Wayland compositor. These were discontinued starting with the "Galileo" release due to a lack of maintainers and were officially removed with the release of the Galileo ISO on November 20, 2023.[4][2]

EndeavourOS began as a successor to Antergos, a discontinued Linux distribution also based on Arch Linux.[5]


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EndeavourOS began as a continuation of the Antergos Linux distribution, a distribution itself based on Arch Linux, a general-purpose Linux distribution. In May 2019, Antergos' developers abruptly announced that development on the project would cease; a moderator of Antergos' forums discussed the idea of maintaining the community on a new forum. The idea received support from within the community, and within a day other Antergos moderators joined the project. Development on EndeavourOS quickly began, with the team planning to create a distribution that would be close to Arch Linux with the convenience of a GUI installer, while leaving GUI Pacman wrappers such as Pamac from the out-of-box installation. The first release was in July 2019.[6]


EndeavourOS uses the Calamares system installer. While EndeavourOS was originally planned to ship with Cnchi, the net-installer used by Antergos, technical difficulties resulted in the adoption of an offline installer based on Portergos, a Linux distribution also based on Antergos, as a stop-gap until the issues could be resolved later in development.[7] After the official launch of the distribution, the EndeavourOS team began to develop a Calamares net-installer, which was expected to release in November 2019,[8] but was delayed to December.[9] The net-installer offers multiple desktop environments, window managers, driver and firmware packages, and kernels during the installation process. The net-installer also allows the user to perform an offline install with the default KDE Plasma[2] (formerly Xfce)[4] desktop themed with EndeavourOS branding.[10]

EndeavourOS features a graphical installer, unlike the distribution it is based on, Arch Linux, where installation is typically performed manually through the command-line tool pacstrap. As such, EndeavourOS is typically marketed as a beginner-friendly alternative to Arch Linux. As the distribution is based on Arch Linux, it provides most upstream features as-is.

EndeavourOS provides access to the Arch User Repository (AUR), a collection of unofficial community-maintained source packages shipped by Arch Linux, by default through the yay package manager.[11]


On September 11, 2019, EndeavourOS announced that they will release an online magazine, called Discovery, to give their users some background information on Arch commands and to inform them on new packages to explore. The magazine was launched in November 2019.[12] It was later discontinued in April 2021 due to a lack of writers.[13]


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  2. ^ a b c Bryanpwo (November 20, 2023). "Slimmer options but lean, and in a new live environment, Galileo has arrived". EndeavourOS. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  3. ^ ""DistroWatch.com: EndeavourOS"".
  4. ^ a b Bryanpwo (October 10, 2023). "Our Galileo release is delayed but here are the main changes you can expect". EndeavourOS. Retrieved October 31, 2023.
  5. ^ Evangelho, Jason. "New Arch Linux-Based Endeavour OS Launches To Keep Spirit Of Antergos Alive". Forbes. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Bryanpwo (June 23, 2019). "Welcome to EndeavourOS". EndeavourOS. Archived from the original on August 20, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Bryanpwo (June 3, 2019). "What to expect on the first release". Endeavour OS. Archived from the original on July 26, 2019. As you know Cnchi has caused serious problems to be working outside the Antergos eco system and it needs a complete rewrite to work.
  8. ^ Bryanpwo (November 1, 2019). "Net-installer on hold".
  9. ^ Bryanpwo (December 23, 2019). "Liftoff for the net-installer!".
  10. ^ "About".
  11. ^ Bryanpwo (March 9, 2021). "yay – an AUR Helper Written in Go". Discovery.
  12. ^ Bryanpwo (September 11, 2019). "Get ready for the next level". EndeavourOS. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  13. ^ Bryanpwo (April 17, 2021). "Our April release is available". EndeavourOS. Retrieved April 23, 2022.