Here are some resources and notes to get you up and running with Slackware ARM aka ARMedslack.

Note that the Raspberry Pi platform is not supported by the Slackware ARM team, and Slackware ARM is not supported by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This page and these resources are an unofficial community effort.

Slackware Installer

There are instructions for using the Slackware installer to install Slackware ARM on your Raspberry Pi on the Installing page. You can install either Slackware ARM 13.37 or Slackware ARM Current, from the network or from USB. Download Slackware ARM 13.37 or Current from and put it on an accessible NFS or FTP or web server, or onto a USB storage device that can be plugged into your Pi.

It is recommended that you should install everything except for the packages in series f, k, kde and kdei. (Omitting f and k will save disk space. KDE works, but is a bit impractical on a small system like the Pi.)

New users

If you don't know how to use the Slackware installer, read this.

Slackware ARM works just like all the other Slackware platforms. To keep your system up to date, use slackpkg. Additional software not in Slackware ARM can be built and installed using and sbopkg. You might find these links useful:

The Slack Book (beta)
SlackBasics book
Slackware Links at LQ

Problems and feedback

If you have any problems or feedback, please look for answers or ask questions via LinuxQuestions or the Raspberry Pi forum or the ARMedslack mailing list. You can contact me via email (baildon.research at Please don't email the Slackware or Raspberry Pi people directly.


sorinm has a preinstalled image obtainable from

Stanley Garvey has an 8Gb preinstalled image obtainable with

rsync -avz


Slackware ARM is brought to us by Stuart Winter of the Slackware Team. It's through his work that a distribution of Slackware for the ARM architecture already exists: more complete, compatible, stable and mature than other Linux distributions, and with all the development tools you could wish for. Thanks Stuart!