What is AROS ? - a portable, improved open source reimplementation of Amiga OS 3.1. Currently available for: i386, x86_64bit, Amiga m68k, ARM (RaspberryPi) and Efika CHRP / SAM440 PPC hardware, running natively, and/or hosted inside Linux (i386, x86_64bit, PPC), Windows (i386), MacOS (i386), Android (ARM). (Nice, eh?)

What is AROS alive ? - a series of videos exploring various aspects of AROS, and this website with articles about AROS related subjects.

advanced AROS usage

This page shall provide a starting point for further exploration and usage.

If you know how to use an Amiga computer, you should feel at home right away.

Keep in mind that AROS is a work-in-progress, features may change, sources of information may emerge and vanish, information may be collected in some places, and scattered around in others.

The aim is to make AROS a complete OS for everyday use, with proper applications, distribution and documentation, but there's still some way to go. People are working hard to achive this aim (which of course is a moving target), so be patient. The AROS community is a very helpful one, but sometimes things just take time.

Having said this, don't be scared away, AROS works, is fun, and is faaaast!

DISCLAIMER: all information is provided "as-is", with no guarantee for correctness, and no responsibility taken for damages to soft- and/or hardware or anything else!)

  1. Getting information
  2. Getting software
  3. Developing software for AROS
  4. Developing AROS

1. Getting information

The most comprehensive source of information about AROS is the wikibook:



Documents about AROS, including some manuals in PDF format, can be found at

http://archives.aros-exec.org -> Categories: Document

In-depth, and bleeding-edge up-to-date information can be obtained via forums at


amiga-news.de lists AROS news:


If you download software, read the "ReadMe" file if provided with the file/archive.

AROS even has a wikipedia page:


[more TBD]

2. Getting software

If you're not using a preconfigured AROS distribution (icaros desktop, AROS Broadway, AspireOS)
you may consider using one - it contains a lot more software than a nightly build.
(See "AROS related websites" at bottom of page for "distros".)

For individual programs go to archives.aros-exec.org first:


AmiNet also has AROS files:


Famous AROS developer Yannick Erb has ported and developed lots of programs:


Try Google:


Search forums at aros-exec.org for info and links:


[more TBD]

3. Developing software for AROS

AROS is C/C++-source-code compatible with AmigaOS - any OS compliant C/C++ program written for AmigaOS3.1
just needs to be recompiled.


[more TBD]

4. Developing AROS

AROS is written in C,

If you want to work on AROS' core parts first of all you should be able to compile AROS, and create
a debugging-enabled hosted version, as on the hosting OS you may use far more powerful debugging tools
than provided inside AROS. (And AROS hosted is easier to run and exit than AROS bootable.)

Download AROS "source" package, and maybe "contrib-source"

[more TBD]

DISCLAIMER: all information is provided "as-is", with no guarantee for correctness, and no responsibility taken for damages to soft- and/or hardware or anything else!)