This section details the manual installation and configuration of the Xorg display server and common related services and utilities. If you would just like to install a full desktop environment, it is recommended to try one of the flavor images


Void provides a comprehensive xorg package which installs the server and all of the free video drivers, input drivers, fonts, and base applications. This package is a safe option, and should be adequate for most systems which don't require proprietary video drivers.

If you would like to select only the packages you need, the xorg-minimal package contains the base xorg server only. If you install only xorg-minimal, you will likely need to install a font package (like xorg-fonts), a terminal emulator (like xterm), and a window manager to have a usable graphics system.

Video Drivers

Void provides both open-source and proprietary (non-free) video drivers.

Open Source Drivers

The open source drivers are installed with the xorg package by default, or may be installed individually if the xorg-minimal was installed. Below is a table of device brands and their driver packages.

Brand Type Driver Package
AMD Open Source xf86-video-amdgpu
ATI Open Source xf86-video-ati
Intel Open Source xf86-video-intel
NVIDIA Open Source xf86-video-nouveau

Note: Fourth generation intel users may want to use the default xorg driver, rather than installing xf86-video-intel driver package. For more information, see the Arch wiki page.

Proprietary Video Drivers

Void also provides proprietary video drivers, which are available in the non-free repository.

Brand Type Model Driver Package
ATI/Radeon Proprietary catalyst
NVIDIA Proprietary 500+ nvidia
NVIDIA Proprietary 300/400 Series nvidia390
NVIDIA Proprietary GeForce8/9 + 100/200/300 Series nvidia340

Input Drivers

A number of input drivers are available for Xorg. If xorg-minimal was installed and a device is not responding, or behaving unexpectedly, a different driver may correct the issue. These drivers can grab everything from power buttons to mice and keyboards.

| Driver | |------------------------| | xf86-input-evdev | | xf86-input-joystick | | xf86-input-libinput | | xf86-input-mtrack | | xf86-input-synaptics | | xf86-input-vmmouse | | xf86-input-wacom |

Xorg config

Although Xorg normally auto-detects drivers and configuration is not needed, a config for a specific keyboard driver may look something like a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/30-keyboard.conf with the contents:

Section "InputClass"
  Identifier "keyboard-all"
  Driver "evdev"
  MatchIsKeyboard "on"