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{{Warning|None of these tools are officially supported by Arch devs. See [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=828254#p828254 this forum thread].}}
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{{Warning|None of these tools are [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=828254#p828254 officially] supported by Arch Linux. It is recommended to become familiar with the [[Arch User Repository#Installing packages|manual build process]] in order to be prepared to troubleshoot problems on one's own.}}
  
'''AUR Helpers''' are written to make using the [[Arch User Repository]] more comfortable.
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AUR helpers are written to automate certain tasks for the [[Arch User Repository]].
  
== Search/build helpers ==
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== Uploading ==
This is a list of helper utilities that search and/or build packages.
 
  
* {{App|[[Aura]]|A multi-lingual package manager for Arch Linux written in Haskell. Has all pacman options, new ones for managing AUR packages, and a nifty logo.|https://github.com/fosskers/aura|{{AUR|aura}}}}
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* [https://gist.github.com/bbidulock/82ab6f5347f021136054 bbidulock's script] — Migrate from a .backup directory with all packages.
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* [https://github.com/JonnyJD/PKGBUILDs/blob/master/_bin/aur4_import.sh aur4_import.sh] — Splits a package from a git repository with multiple packages, adding/updating {{ic|.SRCINFO}} for every commit.
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* [https://github.com/JonnyJD/PKGBUILDs/blob/master/_bin/aur4_make_submodule.sh aur4_make_submodule.sh] / [https://github.com/alexandre-mbm/arch-pkgs/blob/master/subaur4 subaur4] — Replaces a package in a bigger git repository with an AUR 4 submodule, including {{ic|.SRCINFO}}.
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* [https://github.com/ido/packages-archlinux/blob/master/bin/import-to-aur4.sh import-to-aur4] — Splits an existing git repository into multiple AUR 4 packages, all at once, including {{ic|.SRCINFO}} for every commit.
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* [https://github.com/Edenhofer/abs/blob/master/aurpublish aurpublish] — Manage AUR packages as [https://raw.githubusercontent.com/git/git/master/contrib/subtree/git-subtree.txt git subtrees]. The [https://github.com/Edenhofer/abs/blob/master/pre-commit.hook generation of {{ic|.SRCINFO}} files, {{ic|PKGBUILD}} checking] and the [https://github.com/Edenhofer/abs/blob/master/prepare-commit-msg.hook creation of a per package commit message template] is left to the git hooks in the same [https://github.com/Edenhofer/abs/blob/master/README.md repo].
  
* {{App|Aurnotify|A tool set to notify the status of your favorite packages from AUR.|http://adesklets.sourceforge.net/desklets.html|{{AUR|aurnotify}}}}
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== Build and search ==
  
* {{App|aurbuild|tool to download and build packages from the AUR.|http://aurbuild.berlios.de/|{{AUR|aurbuild}}}}
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This is a list of helper utilities that search, download and/or build packages.
  
* {{App|Aurget|aims to be a simple, pacman-like interface to the AUR. It tries to make the AUR convenient; whether the user wishes to find, download, build, install, or update AUR packages quickly. Aurget does not wrap any pure pacman commands, this is by design|http://pbrisbin.com/posts/aurget/|{{AUR|aurget}}}}
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* {{App|apacman|A fork of packer.|https://github.com/oshazard/apacman|{{AUR|apacman}}}}
  
* {{App|Aurora|very simple frontend for the AUR. It allows the user to install AUR packages, download the AUR packages (for manual installation) and also offers an AUR upgrade feature. By design, aurora does not wrap pacman|http://bitbucket.org/bbenne10/aurora|{{AUR|aurora-hg}}}}
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* {{App|aura|A package manager for Arch Linux written in Haskell.|https://github.com/aurapm/aura|{{AUR|aura}} or {{AUR|aura-bin}} (binary)}}
  
* {{App|aurpac|Light'n'fast AUR and pacman frontend|http://3ed.jogger.pl/2009/02/15/aurpac/|{{AUR|aurpac}}}}
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* {{App|aurel|2=Search, vote and download AUR packages from Emacs. ([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=177142 Forum page])|3=https://github.com/alezost/aurel
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|4={{AUR|aurel-git}}}}
  
* {{App|Aurploader|prompts the user for an AUR username and password and will then upload PKGBUILD tarballs to the AUR. Before uploading each  package, the user is prompted to select a category. When the uploads have completed, the user is asked if the cookie file should be kept so that the script can be run again without needing the AUR username and password to be re-entered|http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/aurploader|{{AUR|aurploader}}}}
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* {{App|aurget|pacman-like interface to the AUR, without wrapping pacman commands.|https://github.com/pbrisbin/aurget/|{{AUR|aurget}}}}
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* {{App|aurquery|Caching wrapper around the AUR's RPC interface using the python3-aur library.|http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/python3-aur|{{AUR|python3-aur}}}}
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* {{App|aurutils|2=Helper tools for the AUR. ([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1615428 Forum page])|3=https://github.com/AladW/aurutils|4={{AUR|aurutils}}}}
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* {{App|bauerbill|2=Powerpill/pacman extension with support for building packages from ABS and AUR. ([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=205834 Forum page])|3=http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/bauerbill|4={{AUR|bauerbill}}}}
 
   
 
   
* {{App|AurShell|shell-like application. With plugins included, it's possible to build and install packages from AUR, ABS, and even wrap pacman
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* {{App|burgaur|A front-end for cower written in Python.|https://github.com/m45t3r/burgaur|{{AUR|burgaur}}}}
:{{Note|As of 2010-09-30 it is not actively developed anymore.}}|https://github.com/husio/aursh/|{{AUR|aursh-git}}}}
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* {{App|cower|2=AUR search and download agent written in C, which also checks for updates and package dependencies. ([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=97137 Forum page])|3=https://github.com/falconindy/cower|4={{AUR|cower}}}}
  
* {{App|[[autoaur]]|script for automatic mass downloading, updating, building, and installing groups of AUR packages|https://github.com/stefanhusmann/autoaur|{{AUR|autoaur}}}}
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*{{App|cylon|pacman and pacaur wrapper, and is also a wrapper for cower and provides it a backend. Includes various other maintenance functions and extras.|https://github.com/gavinlyonsrepo/cylon|{{AUR|cylon}}}}
  
* {{App|burp|fast and simple AUR uploader written in C. Supports persistent cookies for seamless logins|https://github.com/falconindy/burp|{{pkg|burp}}}}
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* {{App|owlman|2=pacman and cower wrapper ([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=129609 Forum page])|3=https://github.com/baskerville/owlman|4={{AUR|owlman}}}}
  
* {{App|1=Cower|2=fast and simple AUR search and download agent, which will also check for updates and download dependencies.
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* {{App|pacaur|2=An AUR helper that minimizes user interaction. ([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=937423 Forum page])|3=https://github.com/rmarquis/pacaur|4={{AUR|pacaur}}}}
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=97137 Forum page]|3=https://github.com/falconindy/cower|4={{AUR|cower}}}}
 
  
* {{App|haskell-archlinux|library to programmatically access the AUR and package metadata from the Haskell programming language|http://hackage.haskell.org/package/archlinux|{{AUR|haskell-archlinux}}}}
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* {{App|packer|2=Wrapper for pacman and the AUR. ([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=88115 Forum page])|3=https://github.com/keenerd/packer|4={{AUR|packer}}}}
  
* {{App|Makeaur|wrapper for pacman and makepkg that allows users to easily install packages from the Arch User Repository|https://github.com/ghost1227/makeaur/|{{AUR|makeaur}}}}
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* {{App|pbget|Retrieve source files from the Arch SVN and CVS web interface, the AUR, and the ABS rsync server.|http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/pbget|{{AUR|pbget}}}}
  
* {{App|Meat|front-end for cower ( see above ) and it is fully written in bash
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* {{App|PKGBUILDer|An AUR helper with dependency support written in Python 3.|https://github.com/Kwpolska/pkgbuilder|{{AUR|pkgbuilder}}}}
:{{Note|Meat is in actually under development/alpha state.}}|https://github.com/e36freak/meat|{{AUR|meat-git}}}}
 
  
* {{App|owl|pacman and cower wrapper focused on simplicity|https://github.com/baskerville/owl
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* {{App|prm|An AUR and ABS helper.|https://git.fleshless.org/prm/|[https://pkg.fleshless.org/prm/plain/PKGBUILD PKGBUILD]}}
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=129609 Forum page]|https://github.com/baskerville/owl|{{AUR|owl-git}}}}
 
  
* {{App|1=Pacaur|2=fast workflow AUR wrapper, using cower as backend. It aims on speed and simplicity, with an uncluttered interface. It is inspired by pbfetch
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* {{App|repoctl|Tool to help manage local repositories (AUR support).|https://github.com/cassava/repoctl|{{AUR|repoctl}}}}
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=937423 Forum page]|3=https://github.com/Spyhawk/pacaur|4={{AUR|pacaur}}}}
 
  
* {{App|1=Packer|2=wrapper for pacman and the AUR. It was designed to be a simple and very fast replacement for the basic functionality of Yaourt. It has commands to install, update, search, and show information for any package in the main repositories and in the AUR. Use pacman for other commands, such as removing a package
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* {{App|spinach|An AUR helper written in Bash|http://www.floft.net/code/spinach/|{{AUR|spinach}}}}
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=88115 Forum page]
 
:* [https://github.com/bruenig/packer/wiki Wiki]|3=https://github.com/bruenig/packer|4={{AUR|packer}}}}
 
  
* {{App|pacmoon|script for compiling arch linux packages from the AUR and repositories. It can automatically install make dependencies as binaries when necessary and update the entire system or just packages listed. It keeps track of which files have been compiled so that in the event of compiled packages getting replaced with a binary (like during an upgrade process) then pacmoon can recompile only the necessary packages|http://chilon.net/pacmoon|{{AUR|pacmoon}}}}
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* {{App|trizen|A  wrapper for the AUR written in Perl.|https://github.com/trizen/trizen|{{AUR|trizen}}}}
  
* {{App|1=Paktahn|2=yaourt replacement. It is under active development and already includes improvements such as a local cache for fast searches and interactive installation
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* {{App|wrapaur|A pacman and AUR wrapper written in bash.||{{AUR|wrapaur}}}}
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=77674&p=1 Forum page]
 
|3=https://github.com/skypher/paktahn|4={{AUR|paktahn}}}}
 
  
* {{App|1=Pbfetch|2=script which can be used as a pacman-independent AUR helper or a pacman wrapper with additional AUR functionality. Pbfetch aims to be a simple and fast versus the well established yaourt.
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* {{App|yaah|Yet another AUR helper|https://bitbucket.org/the_metalgamer/yaah|{{AUR|yaah}}}}
Pbfetch can be used as a shortcut to simply download PKGBUILDs from AUR or automatically build with dependency resolution among other things. The user can select which AUR packages to upgrade using a simple menu as well as update all AUR packages
 
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=87789 Forum page]
 
|3=https://github.com/dalingrin/pbfetch|4={{AUR|pbfetch-git}}}}
 
  
* {{App|Pbget|simple command-line tool for retrieving PKGBUILDs and local source files for Arch Linux. It is able to retrieve files from the official SVN and CVS web interface, the AUR and the ABS rsync server|http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/pbget|{{AUR|pbget}}}}
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* {{App|yaourt|A  wrapper for the AUR and regular packages.|https://archlinux.fr/yaourt-en|{{AUR|yaourt}}}}
  
* {{App|1=PKGBUILDer|2=A python3 AUR helper with dependency support.  It was (probably) the first helper supporting updates through multiinfo.  Contains many useful features and is written to be fast and verbose, to eliminate long waiting times.|3=https://github.com/Kwpolska/pkgbuilder|4={{AUR|pkgbuilder}}}}
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* {{App|yay|AUR helper written in Go.|https://github.com/Jguer/yay|{{AUR|yay}}}} or {{AUR|yay-bin}} (binary)
  
* {{App|1=pkgman|2=script which helps to manage a local repository. It retrieves the PKGBUILD and related files for given name from ABS or AUR and lets you edit them, automatically generates checksums, backs up the source tarball, builds and adds the package to your local repository. Then you can install it as usual with pacman. It also has AUR support for submitting tarballs and leaving comments
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== Maintenance ==
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=49023 Forum page]
 
|3=http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/pkgman/index.php|4={{AUR|pkgman}}}}
 
  
* {{App|1=powaur|2=minimalistic AUR helper with a pacman-like interface
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* {{App|pkgbuild-watch|Looks for changes on the upstream web pages|http://kmkeen.com/pkgbuild-watch|{{AUR|pkgbuild-watch}}}}
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=938688 Forum page]
 
|3=https://github.com/yanhan/powaur|4={{AUR|powaur}}
 
:{{Note|As of 2012 February, development has stopped for powaur. It is also not usable with the latest version of pacman}}}}
 
  
* {{App|Spinach|just another bash AUR helper|http://floft.net/wiki/Scripts/Spinach|{{AUR|spinach}}}}
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* {{App|pkgbuildup|Helps AUR package maintainers automatically update PKGBUILD files. Supports a template variable syntax.|https://github.com/fasheng/pkgbuildup|{{AUR|pkgbuildup-git}}}}
  
* {{App|1=srcman|2=pacman/makepkg wrapper written in Bash, which transparently handles pacman operations on 'source packages'. This means, for example, that packages can be specified for installation either explicitly (pacman's {{Ic|-U}} operation) or can be installed from a (source) repository (-S operation). The address of an AUR pacman database can be found in the corresponding forum thread, by the way.<br>
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* {{App|1=pkgcheck|2=Uses rules in PKGBUILDs to parse upstream version information or looks for changes by checksumming the web page|3=https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=162816|4=Repository: [https://github.com/onny/pkgcheck GitHub]}}
The primary goal of this project is to provide a complete pacman wrapper and therefore, srcman supports all current pacman operations for binary ''and'' source packages|3=https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=65501|4={{AUR|srcman}}}}
 
  
* {{App|[[tusdah]]|an Aur helper targeted at mantaining a repository of packages built from AUR.|https://github.com/hobarrera/tusdah|{{AUR|tusdah}}}}
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* {{App|pkgoutofdate|Parses the source URL from PKGBUILDs and tries to find new versions of packages by incrementing the version number and sending requests to the web server|https://github.com/anatol/pkgoutofdate|{{AUR|pkgoutofdate-git}}}}
  
* {{App|[[Yaourt]] (Yet Another User Repository Tool)|community-contributed wrapper for pacman which adds seamless access to the AUR, allowing and automating package compilation and installation from your choice of the thousands of PKGBUILDs in the AUR, in addition to the many thousands of available Arch binary packages. Yaourt uses the same exact syntax as pacman, which saves you from relearning an entirely new method of system maintenance, but also adds new options. Yaourt expands the power and simplicity of pacman by adding even more useful features and provides pleasing, colorized output, interactive search mode, and much more|http://archlinux.fr/yaourt-en|{{AUR|yaourt}}}}
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* {{App|aur-check|Uses the AUR API to find newer versions of your foreign packages|https://gist.github.com/felipec/94752ddd08e1adfb80ac57947982443c}}
  
=== Comparison Table ===
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* {{App|updpkgver|Detects upstream releases and updates the PKGBUILD automatically|https://github.com/renatosilva/pactoys/tree/master/source/updpkgver}}
  
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== Libraries ==
! Program !! Written in !! Dependency Support !! Core/extra/community support !! Actively Developed !! Usage
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* {{App|haskell-archlinux|Library to access the AUR and package metadata from the Haskell programming language|http://hackage.haskell.org/package/archlinux|{{AUR|haskell-archlinux}}}}
! [[Aura]]
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| Haskell || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman, with extra options for the AUR. See {{Ic|man aura}}
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* {{App|python3-aur|Python 3 modules for accessing AUR package information and automating AUR interactions.|http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/python3-aur|{{AUR|python3-aur}}}}
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== Graphical ==
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* {{App|1=Aarchup|2=Fork of archup. Has the same options as archup plus a few other features. For differences between both please check [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=119129 changelog].|3=https://github.com/aericson/aarchup/|4={{AUR|aarchup}}}}
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* {{App|1=Argon|2=Graphical frontend to pacaur, featuring package installation, removal, and updating; and update notifications for both official repository and AUR packages.|3=https://github.com/14mRh4X0r/arch-argon|4={{AUR|argon}}}}
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* {{App|1=PkgBrowser|2=Application for searching and browsing Arch packages, showing details on selected packages.|3=https://bitbucket.org/kachelaqa/pkgbrowser/wiki/Home|4={{AUR|pkgbrowser}}}}
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== Comparison table ==
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The columns have the following meaning:
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* ''Secure'': does not [[source]] the PKGBUILD at all by default; or, alerts the user and offers the opportunity to inspect the PKGBUILD manually before it is sourced. Some helpers are known to source PKGBUILDs before the user can inspect them, '''allowing malicious code to be executed'''. ''Optional'' means that there is a command line flag or configuration option to prevent the automatic sourcing before viewing.
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* ''Clean build'': does not export new variables that can prevent a successful build process.
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* ''Reliable parser'': ability to handle complex packages by using the provided metadata (RPC/.SRCINFO) instead of PKGBUILD [[w:Parsing#Parser|parsing]], such as {{AUR|aws-cli-git}}.
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* ''Reliable solver'': ability to correctly solve and build complex dependency chains, such as {{AUR|plasma-git-meta}}.
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* ''Split packages'': ability to correctly build and install split packages independently, such as {{AUR|python-nikola}}.
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* ''Git clone'': uses git clones instead of downloading tarballs (deprecated since AUR 4).
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* ''Syntax'': P stands for [[Pacman]]-like, S for specific.
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! Name !! Written In !! Secure !! Clean build !! Reliable parser !! Reliable solver !! Split packages !! Git clone !! Shell completion !! Syntax !! Specificity
 
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! Aurget
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! apacman
| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || see {{Ic|aurget --help}}
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| Bash || {{No}} [https://github.com/oshazard/apacman/issues/8] || {{No}} [https://github.com/oshazard/apacman/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=export] || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" |P || Fork of ''packer''
 
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! AurShell
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! aura
| Python || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Ic|aursh}} (runs Aurshell program, wherein a number of different commands can be used)
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| Haskell || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} [https://github.com/aurapm/aura/issues/14] || {{No}} || {{No}} [https://github.com/aurapm/aura/issues/353] || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash/zsh || style="text-align:center;" |P || Downgrade, [[ABS]], [[powerpill]] support, multilingual, requires [[ArchHaskell]]
 
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! Aurora
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! aurel
| Python3 || {{Yes|Basic (with makepkg)}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || see {{Ic|aurora --help}}
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| Emacs Lisp || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | N/A || style="text-align:center;" | S || Emacs integration, no automatic builds
 
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! Cower
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! aurget
| C|| {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || see {{Ic|cower -h}}
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| Bash || {{Y|Optional}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} [https://github.com/pbrisbin/aurget/issues/40] || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash/zsh || style="text-align:center;" | P || sort by votes
 
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! Makeaur
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! aurutils
| Bash || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Ic|makeaur ''pkgname''}}
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| Bash/C || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || style="text-align:center;" | zsh || style="text-align:center;" | S || [[vifm]], [[w:PCRE|PCRE]], [[local repository]], [[package signing]], [[systemd-nspawn]] support
 
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! Owl
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! bauerbill
| Dash || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || See {{Ic|man owl}}
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| Python || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash/zsh || style="text-align:center;" | P/S || Trust management, ABS support, extends Powerpill
 
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! Pacaur
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! burgaur
| Bash, backend in C (cower)|| {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman, and/or AUR specific arguments . See also {{Ic|pacaur -h}}.
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| Python/C || {{Y|Optional}}, with [[mc]] || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | P || Wrapper for ''cower''
 
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! Packer
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! cower
| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|packer -S ''pkgname''}})
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| C || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash/zsh || style="text-align:center;" | S || No automatic builds, regex support, sort by votes/popularity
 
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! pacmoon
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! owlman
| Zsh|| {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || Similar to [[Wikipedia:Portage_(software)#Emerge|emerge]] from portage e.g. {{Ic|pacmoon -av ''pkgname''}}
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| Bash/C || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Y|Partial}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | S || Wrapper for ''cower''
 
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! Paktahn
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! pacaur
| Lisp|| {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|pak -S ''pkgname''}})
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| Bash/C || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash/zsh || style="text-align:center;" | P/S || Minimizes user interaction, multilingual, sort by votes/popularity
 
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! pbfetch
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! packer
| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || Identical to pacman, and/or AUR specific arguments (additional arguments for PKGBUILD editing, etc)
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| Bash || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | P || -
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! pbget
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| Python || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | S || No automatic builds
 
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! PKGBUILDer
 
! PKGBUILDer
| python3 || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} ({{Ic|pb}} command) || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|pkgbuilder -S ''pkgname''}}). '''pb''' command supports pacman repos and the AUR.
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| Python || {{Y|Optional}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Y|Partial}} [https://github.com/Kwpolska/pkgbuilder/issues/39] || {{Yes}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | P || Automatic builds by default, use {{ic|-F}} to disable; multilingual
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! prm
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| Bash || {{Yes}} [https://git.fleshless.org/prm/commit/?id=e7252333b07975ea40f526269ce995e375e627bf] || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | S || No automatic builds, ABS support
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|-
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! repoctl
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| Go || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} [https://github.com/goulash/pacman/blob/master/aur/aur.go] || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | zsh || style="text-align:center;" | S || No automatic builds, local repository support
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|-
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! spinach
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| Bash || {{No}} [https://github.com/floft/spinach/blob/master/spinach#L287] || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | S || -
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|-
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! trizen
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| Perl || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} [https://github.com/trizen/trizen/commit/7ab7ee5f9f1f5d971b731d092fc8e1dd963add4b] || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} [https://github.com/trizen/trizen/commit/3c94434c66ede793758f2bf7de84d68e3174e2ac] || {{Yes}} [https://github.com/trizen/trizen/commit/6fb0cc9e0ab66b8cca9493b0618ba4bab5fd2252] || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | P || AUR comments
 
|-
 
|-
! powaur
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! wrapaur
| C || {{No}} || {{Yes|Limited}}|| {{No}} || Identical to pacman (eg. {{Ic|powaur -S ''pkgname''}})
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| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || style="text-align:center;" | None || style="text-align:center;" | S || Mirror updates, print news and AUR comments
 
|-
 
|-
! tusdah
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! yaah
| Python || {{No}} || {{No|Under development}} || {{Yes}} || {{Ic|tusdah ''pkgname''}}
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| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Yes}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Grey|N/A}} || {{Y|Optional}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash || style="text-align:center;" | S || No automatic builds
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|-
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! yaourt
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| Bash/C || {{No}} (''yaourt -Si'') [https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/blob/f373121d23d87031a24135fee593115832d803ec/src/lib/aur.sh#L47] [https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/blob/d9790e29cd7194535c793f51d185b7130a396916/src/lib/pkgbuild.sh.in#L415-L438] || {{No}} [https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/aur-general/2015-August/031314.html] || {{No}} || {{No}} [https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/issues/186] || {{No}} [https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/issues/85] || {{Y|Optional}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash/zsh/fish || style="text-align:center;" | P || Backup, ABS support, AUR comments, multilingual
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|-
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! yay
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| Go || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Y|Partial}} || {{No}} || style="text-align:center;" | bash/zsh/fish || style="text-align:center;" | P || sort by votes
 
|-
 
|-
! [[Yaourt]]
 
| Bash, back-end in C || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|yaourt -S ''pkgname''}})
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
== Testing and validation ==
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{{Note|1=[[Pacman]] 4.2. introduced architecture specific fields. [http://allanmcrae.com/2014/12/pacman-4-2-released/] However, as of 06 April 2016, [[AurJson]] combines all entries in a single field: {{Bug|48796}}. Helpers relying on the RPC may use the below workarounds to retrieve dependencies:
Helpers that check for errors in packages.
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* {{AUR|bauerbill}} [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1617235#p1617235], {{AUR|pkgbuilder}} [https://github.com/Kwpolska/pkgbuilder/blob/65d9d74ef05f8996b81afb1cd005e3c337afa8b2/pkgbuilder/build.py#L198]: Retrieve specific fields from [[.SRCINFO]]
 
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* {{AUR|aurutils}} [https://github.com/AladW/aurutils/issues/80], {{AUR|pacaur}} [https://github.com/rmarquis/pacaur/issues/465], {{AUR|trizen}} [https://github.com/trizen/trizen/commit/6a8ff9dc8cc83af783b8475dfbe89988dbc8a553]: Strip the {{ic|lib32-}} prefix on {{ic|i686}} systems
* {{App|parched|pacman package and PKGBUILD parser module|http://hackage.haskell.org/package/archlinux|{{AUR|parched}}}}
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}}
 
 
== See also ==
 
* [[pacman GUI Frontends]]
 

Latest revision as of 11:05, 14 June 2017

Warning: None of these tools are officially supported by Arch Linux. It is recommended to become familiar with the manual build process in order to be prepared to troubleshoot problems on one's own.

AUR helpers are written to automate certain tasks for the Arch User Repository.

Uploading

Build and search

This is a list of helper utilities that search, download and/or build packages.

  • apacman — A fork of packer.
https://github.com/oshazard/apacman || apacmanAUR
  • aura — A package manager for Arch Linux written in Haskell.
https://github.com/aurapm/aura || auraAUR or aura-binAUR (binary)
  • aurel — Search, vote and download AUR packages from Emacs. (Forum page)
https://github.com/alezost/aurel || aurel-gitAUR
  • aurget — pacman-like interface to the AUR, without wrapping pacman commands.
https://github.com/pbrisbin/aurget/ || aurgetAUR
  • aurquery — Caching wrapper around the AUR's RPC interface using the python3-aur library.
http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/python3-aur || python3-aurAUR
  • aurutils — Helper tools for the AUR. (Forum page)
https://github.com/AladW/aurutils || aurutilsAUR
  • bauerbill — Powerpill/pacman extension with support for building packages from ABS and AUR. (Forum page)
http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/bauerbill || bauerbillAUR
  • burgaur — A front-end for cower written in Python.
https://github.com/m45t3r/burgaur || burgaurAUR
  • cower — AUR search and download agent written in C, which also checks for updates and package dependencies. (Forum page)
https://github.com/falconindy/cower || cowerAUR
  • cylon — pacman and pacaur wrapper, and is also a wrapper for cower and provides it a backend. Includes various other maintenance functions and extras.
https://github.com/gavinlyonsrepo/cylon || cylonAUR
https://github.com/baskerville/owlman || owlmanAUR
  • pacaur — An AUR helper that minimizes user interaction. (Forum page)
https://github.com/rmarquis/pacaur || pacaurAUR
  • packer — Wrapper for pacman and the AUR. (Forum page)
https://github.com/keenerd/packer || packerAUR
  • pbget — Retrieve source files from the Arch SVN and CVS web interface, the AUR, and the ABS rsync server.
http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/pbget || pbgetAUR
  • PKGBUILDer — An AUR helper with dependency support written in Python 3.
https://github.com/Kwpolska/pkgbuilder || pkgbuilderAUR
  • prm — An AUR and ABS helper.
https://git.fleshless.org/prm/ || PKGBUILD
  • repoctl — Tool to help manage local repositories (AUR support).
https://github.com/cassava/repoctl || repoctlAUR
  • spinach — An AUR helper written in Bash
http://www.floft.net/code/spinach/ || spinachAUR
  • trizen — A wrapper for the AUR written in Perl.
https://github.com/trizen/trizen || trizenAUR
  • wrapaur — A pacman and AUR wrapper written in bash.
|| wrapaurAUR
  • yaah — Yet another AUR helper
https://bitbucket.org/the_metalgamer/yaah || yaahAUR
  • yaourt — A wrapper for the AUR and regular packages.
https://archlinux.fr/yaourt-en || yaourtAUR
  • yay — AUR helper written in Go.
https://github.com/Jguer/yay || yayAUR or yay-binAUR (binary)

Maintenance

  • pkgbuild-watch — Looks for changes on the upstream web pages
http://kmkeen.com/pkgbuild-watch || pkgbuild-watchAUR
  • pkgbuildup — Helps AUR package maintainers automatically update PKGBUILD files. Supports a template variable syntax.
https://github.com/fasheng/pkgbuildup || pkgbuildup-gitAUR
  • pkgcheck — Uses rules in PKGBUILDs to parse upstream version information or looks for changes by checksumming the web page
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=162816 || Repository: GitHub
  • pkgoutofdate — Parses the source URL from PKGBUILDs and tries to find new versions of packages by incrementing the version number and sending requests to the web server
https://github.com/anatol/pkgoutofdate || pkgoutofdate-gitAUR
  • aur-check — Uses the AUR API to find newer versions of your foreign packages
https://gist.github.com/felipec/94752ddd08e1adfb80ac57947982443c || not packaged? search in AUR
  • updpkgver — Detects upstream releases and updates the PKGBUILD automatically
https://github.com/renatosilva/pactoys/tree/master/source/updpkgver || not packaged? search in AUR

Libraries

  • haskell-archlinux — Library to access the AUR and package metadata from the Haskell programming language
http://hackage.haskell.org/package/archlinux || haskell-archlinuxAUR
  • python3-aur — Python 3 modules for accessing AUR package information and automating AUR interactions.
http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/python3-aur || python3-aurAUR

Graphical

  • Aarchup — Fork of archup. Has the same options as archup plus a few other features. For differences between both please check changelog.
https://github.com/aericson/aarchup/ || aarchupAUR
  • Argon — Graphical frontend to pacaur, featuring package installation, removal, and updating; and update notifications for both official repository and AUR packages.
https://github.com/14mRh4X0r/arch-argon || argonAUR
  • PkgBrowser — Application for searching and browsing Arch packages, showing details on selected packages.
https://bitbucket.org/kachelaqa/pkgbrowser/wiki/Home || pkgbrowserAUR

Comparison table

The columns have the following meaning:

  • Secure: does not source the PKGBUILD at all by default; or, alerts the user and offers the opportunity to inspect the PKGBUILD manually before it is sourced. Some helpers are known to source PKGBUILDs before the user can inspect them, allowing malicious code to be executed. Optional means that there is a command line flag or configuration option to prevent the automatic sourcing before viewing.
  • Clean build: does not export new variables that can prevent a successful build process.
  • Reliable parser: ability to handle complex packages by using the provided metadata (RPC/.SRCINFO) instead of PKGBUILD parsing, such as aws-cli-gitAUR.
  • Reliable solver: ability to correctly solve and build complex dependency chains, such as plasma-git-metaAUR.
  • Split packages: ability to correctly build and install split packages independently, such as python-nikolaAUR.
  • Git clone: uses git clones instead of downloading tarballs (deprecated since AUR 4).
  • Syntax: P stands for Pacman-like, S for specific.
Name Written In Secure Clean build Reliable parser Reliable solver Split packages Git clone Shell completion Syntax Specificity
apacman Bash No [1] No [2] No No No No None P Fork of packer
aura Haskell Yes Yes No [3] No No [4] No bash/zsh P Downgrade, ABS, powerpill support, multilingual, requires ArchHaskell
aurel Emacs Lisp Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A No N/A S Emacs integration, no automatic builds
aurget Bash Optional Yes No No No [5] No bash/zsh P sort by votes
aurutils Bash/C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes zsh S vifm, PCRE, local repository, package signing, systemd-nspawn support
bauerbill Python Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes bash/zsh P/S Trust management, ABS support, extends Powerpill
burgaur Python/C Optional, with mc Yes No No No No None P Wrapper for cower
cower C Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A No bash/zsh S No automatic builds, regex support, sort by votes/popularity
owlman Bash/C Yes Yes Yes No Partial No None S Wrapper for cower
pacaur Bash/C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes bash/zsh P/S Minimizes user interaction, multilingual, sort by votes/popularity
packer Bash No Yes No No No No None P -
pbget Python Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes None S No automatic builds
PKGBUILDer Python Optional Yes Yes Yes Partial [6] Yes None P Automatic builds by default, use -F to disable; multilingual
prm Bash Yes [7] N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes None S No automatic builds, ABS support
repoctl Go Yes N/A Yes [8] N/A N/A No zsh S No automatic builds, local repository support
spinach Bash No [9] Yes No No No No None S -
trizen Perl Yes Yes Yes [10] Yes Yes [11] Yes [12] None P AUR comments
wrapaur Bash Yes Yes No No No Yes None S Mirror updates, print news and AUR comments
yaah Bash Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A Optional bash S No automatic builds
yaourt Bash/C No (yaourt -Si) [13] [14] No [15] No No [16] No [17] Optional bash/zsh/fish P Backup, ABS support, AUR comments, multilingual
yay Go Yes Yes Yes No Partial No bash/zsh/fish P sort by votes
Note: Pacman 4.2. introduced architecture specific fields. [18] However, as of 06 April 2016, AurJson combines all entries in a single field: FS#48796. Helpers relying on the RPC may use the below workarounds to retrieve dependencies: