This is a list of helper utilities that search and/or build packages from the Arch User Repository. None of these tools are officially supported.
A list of graphical pacman front-ends, some of which also work with the AUR, may be found at pacman GUI Frontends.
Arson is an AUR searcher and downloader, written in Ruby. It allows you to search the AUR for a package you want, and download it. It does NOT automatically install the downloaded package. It can extract it, but not install. Searching for a package also searches through pacman's database cache (rather than going to each mirror and querying those).
aurbuild is a tool written in Python to download and build packages from the AUR.
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.
- Website: http://pbrisbin.com:8080/pages/aurget.html
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=31933
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.
- Website: http://xyne.archlinux.ca/info/aurploader
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23393
AurShell is a shell like application written in Python. With plugins included, it's possible to build and install packages from AUR, ABS, and even wrap pacman.
autoaur is a script for automatic mass downloading, updating, building, and installing groups of AUR packages.
- Website: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/autoaur
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=6390
haskell-archlinux is a library to programmatically access the AUR and package metadata from the Haskell programming language.
- Website: http://hackage.haskell.org/package/archlinux
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=29267
Makeaur is a wrapper for pacman and makepkg that allows users to easily install packages from the Arch User Repository.
- Website: http://github.com/ghost1227/makeaur/
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23678
Makerepo is a tool to simplify building and maintaining a repository. A simple configuration file is use to specify the basic arguments such as database name and directory, package lists, etc. Makerepo is able to build packages from the AUR and from local PKGBUILDs such as the ABS tree. It can even build packages from CPAN modules if pacpan is installed.
- Website: http://xyne.archlinux.ca/info/makerepo
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23500
Packer is a bash 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. It is fully functional.
- Website: http://github.com/bruenig/packer (Forum: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=88115)
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=33378
Pbget is a 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.
- Website: http://xyne.archlinux.ca/info/pbget
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23848
pkgman is a bash 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.
- Website: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/pkgman/index.php (Forum: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=49023)
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=17100
qpkg is a tool written in python for searching in all known repositories and on AUR. It can install and automatically update packages from AUR and it also can install all needed dependencies of a package from AUR.
- Website: http://qpkg.berlios.de/
- Package: ??? (seriously?)
slurpy is an AUR helper written in python for searching AUR, downloading packages, showing information about packages, checking for updates and uploading a package to AUR.
- Website: http://rsontech.net/projects/slurpy/
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=28285
srcman is a 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 -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. 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.
- Website: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=65501
- Package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23945
Yaourt (Yet Another User Repository Tool) is a community-contributed wrapper for pacman which adds seamless access to the AUR, allowing and automating package compilation and installation from your choice of the 11,000+ 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.
Yogurt is a tool used for building packages for unsupported software which is only provided by PKGBUILDs in the Arch Linux User Repository. Yogurt features a rudimentary dependency support both for standard repositories and the AUR.