Setting up on Manjaro Linux for Hacktoberfest

Date published: 30-Sep-2019
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The guide is no longer up to date as there have been significant changes to the platform. Do refer to latest guidelines on . Feel free to dm me if you are facing any trouble in the setup procedure on Manjaro!

The Guide

As Hacktoberfest approached and my WSL setup of's repo not behaving properly when it comes to Acceptance testing; I finally steeled myself up for switching to a Linux distro for the same. Manjaro had always been on the back of my find from reading a lot of praise about it online and hearing about it from peers. I wanted something beginner-friendly, with a great team & community behind it along with the ability to game smoothly during the rare occasions I was free. Manjaro seemed to check all these boxes and thus I was all aboard the Manjaro train.

On a different note, this post is also going to talk about my experience too along with the steps. I also won't go fully into finer details of every step as that will make this guide more into a booklet, feel free to ask below if you are stuck somewhere!

Installing Manjaro

I am seriously amazed by how easy it was to install Manjaro compared to my previous experience with Fedora. I feel it was the experience and confidence I gained messing about in fedora and WSL along with the very detailed guide Manjaro provides.

I am not going to go into the install that much, and you should refer to the Installation guide and find the various flavors of the same at

There are a ton of options depending on what kind of environment you want, each flavor curating to a particular cause. I went with the KDE Plasma Version.

Personal Prerequisites

Once my Manjaro was smoothly running, I began with downloading all my development necessities. The list turned out to be:

  • VS Code
  • GitKraken
  • Google Chrome
  • Spotify

Snapcraft is a great app store for all your Linux needs and has easy to install packages of many major app publishers. Manjaro comes with a great GUI app that manages not only Snap packages but also Flatpak and AUR packages called Bauh. Search your applications in the same and you will find it easily.

I grabbed the Snaps for Spotify and GitKraken via Bauh but from past experience of VS Code's Snap misbehaving I decided to take a different route for it and Google Chrome. VS Code and Google Chrome both have AUR packages that I grabbed off the website and installed. The steps are the same for both and are as follow:

  1. Use git clone along with the Git Clone URL on the package page to download the repo at the location of your choice.
  2. Take your terminal into the downloaded repo via Cd.
  3. Run makepkg -si where s will generate the source tarball for the repo and i will install it after a successful build. Be ready with your root password for the install!
Personal Requirements done's Prerequisites

Next came setting up's repo for development. It can be an intimidating task at first but stick it out and you are in for a treat! Open the Linux Installation guide from their docs and keep it handy.

  • First comes the Ruby installation. Manjaro already comes with Ruby 2.6.4 but Dev's repo requires 2.6.3, so be sure to be careful throughout these steps as to not get caught up later on.
    • Use rbenv-installer for getting rbenv, follow the steps in The installer should install rbenv smoothly and then run rbenv-doctor automatically. It will ask you to 2 paths to your PATH variable.
    • You have to add these manually to your .bashrc file (hidden by default) in your home directory. To keep it simple, I recommend initially to just use the inbuilt text-editor (Kate) for editing it. Open your File Manager, go to your home directory, enable viewing hidden files in Extras/Controls. Open .bashrc by double-clicking on it and scroll to the bottom.
    • Add the line export PATH="<paths>:$PATH" to the bottom in order to make rbenv command functional. There will be 2 paths to add which will be mentioned by the install command one after other. Replace <path> with those two paths, separating both by :.
    • Run rbenv-doctor again to check if everything is set up correctly. Type rbenv -v.
    • Next, Restart your terminal and run, rbenv install 2.6.3.
    • Add eval "$(rbenv init -)" in the next line after the PATH line in .bashrc to initialize rbenv by default when you open the terminal.
    • Run ruby -v after restarting your terminal to ensure both have been set up correctly. The Ruby version should point to 2.6.3xxxx.
  • Next in line is Yarn. Open it's Installation Page for Arch and run the command as indicated. Once installed run yarn -v to confirm the installation. You might have to add it to the path in some cases, which you can do as indicated later on the installation page.
    • Installing it via npm is not recommended.
  • Next comes PostgreSQL. Go to its download page for Other Linux distros and download the interactive EnterpriseDB installer.
    • Once downloaded, open the terminal in the same directory. Run chmod +x, replacing the with appropriate downloaded file name. This gives it executable permissions.
    • Next run sudo ./ or whatever the package name might be to start the installer. Follow the instruction. Be sure to remember the password set for postgres here.
    • If you need a GUI for PostgreSQL, you will need pgAdmin4. The one that comes by default with the PostgreSQL installer doesn't work correctly on my PC, So I grabbed it via Pacman. Run sudo Pacman -S pgadmin4 to install it.
Almost done...

The Repo

  • Once done with PostgreSQL, it's finally time to move on to getting the actual repo on your system. Follow the Steps on the Linux Setup guide to Fork and Clone repo. Follow it thoroughly till you reach Step 5.
  • Before Step 5, go to PostgreSQL Configuration section and do accordingly.
  • Next, run bin/setup as indicated in Step 5. Troubleshoot errors if any as shown in Possible error messages of both Windows and Linux docs.

Finally, if all goes well, you will get an awesome Dev Banner in your console at the end of bin/setup.

Run bin/startup to see the server bootup and have the massive ecosystem of dev running on your tiny computer.


Have an amazing Hacktoberfest, all the best with your PRs and Happy Coding!