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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|1=AUR helpers are '''not''' [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=828310#p828310 supported] by Arch Linux. You should become familiar with the [[Arch User Repository#Installing packages|manual build process]] in order to be prepared to troubleshoot problems.}}
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{{Note|Do not edit this article prior to discussion in [[Talk:AUR helpers]].}}
  
'''AUR Helpers''' are written to make using the [[Arch User Repository]] more comfortable.
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AUR helpers automate certain tasks for using the [[Arch User Repository]]. Most helpers automate the process of retrieving a package's [[PKGBUILD]] from the AUR and building the package. In most cases packages installed from the AUR are not checked for updates by [[pacman]]; thus some helpers check the AUR for updates and automate the re-build process. However, keep in mind that a rebuild of an AUR package, or any other packages built and installed locally, may be required when shared libraries are updated, not just when the package is updated.
  
== Search/build helpers ==
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Since AUR helpers are unsupported, they are not present in the [[official repositories]].
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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== Legend ==
  
* {{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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The columns have the following meaning:
  
* {{App|aurbuild|tool to download and build packages from the AUR.|http://aurbuild.berlios.de/|{{AUR|aurbuild}}}}
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;File review: 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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;Diff view: Ability to view package differences on inspection. Besides the PKGBUILD, this includes changes to files such as {{ic|.install}} or {{ic|.patch}} files.
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;Git clone: Uses {{man|1|git-clone}} by default to retrieve build files from the AUR.
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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|ros-lunar-desktop}}.
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;Split packages: Ability to correctly build and install:
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:* Multiple packages from the same package base, without rebuilding or reinstalling multiple times, such as {{AUR|clion}}
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:* Split packages which depend on a package from the same package base, such as {{AUR|libc++}} and {{AUR|libc++abi}}.
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:* Split packages independently, such as {{AUR|python-pyalsaaudio}} and {{AUR|python2-pyalsaaudio}}.
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;Clean build: Does not export new variables that can prevent a successful build process.
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;Batch interaction: Ability to prompt before the build process, in particular:
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:# Inspection of package files or their differences;
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:# Summary of package upgrades;
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:# Resolution of package conflicts and installations.
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:An asterisk denotes functionality specifically enabled by the user.
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;Shell completion: [[w:Command-line_completion|Tab completion]] is available for the listed [[shell]]s.
  
* {{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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{{Note|
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* Table rows are sorted by column values, where ''Yes'' or ''N/A'' take precedence over ''Partial'' or ''Optional'' and ''No'', or alphabetically if values are equal.
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* ''Optional'' means that a feature is available, but only through a command-line argument or configuration option. ''Partial'' means that a feature is not fully implemented, or that it partially deviates from the given criteria.}}
  
* {{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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== Search-only ==
  
* {{App|aurpac|Light'n'fast AUR and pacman frontend|http://3ed.jogger.pl/2009/02/15/aurpac/|{{AUR|aurpac}}}}
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center;"
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! Name !! Written in !! File review !! Git clone !! Reliable parser !! Reliable solver !! Shell completion !! Specificity
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! {{AUR|pbget}}
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| Python || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{-}}
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|-
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! {{AUR|yaah}}
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| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{Y|Optional}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || bash || {{-}}
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|-
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! {{AUR|auracle-git}}
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| C++ || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{L|print build order}}
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|-
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! {{AUR|cower}}
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| C  || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || bash, zsh || {{L|regex support, sort by votes/popularity}}
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|-
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! {{AUR|package-query}}
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| C || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{No|https://github.com/archlinuxfr/package-query/issues/135}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{-}}
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|-
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! {{AUR|repoctl}}
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| Go || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/goulash/pacman/blob/master/aur/aur.go}} || {{-}} || zsh || {{L|local repository support}}
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|-
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! {{Grey|1={{AUR|aurel}} <br> <small>([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1522459#p1522459 discontinued])</small>}}
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| Emacs Lisp || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{L|Emacs integration}}
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|}
  
* {{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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== Build and search ==
 
* {{App|AurShell|shell-like application. With plugins included, it's possible to build and install packages from AUR, ABS, and even wrap pacman
 
:{{Note|As of 2010-09-30 it is not actively developed anymore.}}|https://github.com/husio/aursh/|{{AUR|aursh-git}}}}
 
  
* {{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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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center;"
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! Name !! Written in !! File review !! Diff view !! Git clone !! Reliable parser !! Reliable solver !! Split packages !! Clean build !! Batch interaction || Shell completion !! Specificity
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! {{AUR|aurutils}}
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| Bash/C || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || 1 || zsh || {{L|[[vifm]], [[local repository]], [[package signing]], [[DeveloperWiki:Building_in_a_Clean_Chroot|clean chroot]] support, sort by votes/popularity}}
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|-
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! {{AUR|bauerbill}}
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| Python || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || 1 || bash, zsh || {{L|trust management, [[ABS]] support, extends ''powerpill'', {{ic|bb-wrapper}} for ''pacman'' wrapping}}
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|-
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! {{AUR|PKGBUILDer}}
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| Python || {{Y|Optional}} || {{No|https://github.com/Kwpolska/pkgbuilder/issues/36}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Y|[https://github.com/Kwpolska/pkgbuilder/issues/39 Partial]}} || {{Yes}} || 1* || {{-}} || {{L|automatic builds by default, use {{ic|-F}} to disable; multilingual, {{ic|pb-wrapper}} for ''pacman'' wrapping}}
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! {{AUR|naaman}}
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| Python || {{Y|Optional}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Y|[https://github.com/enckse/naaman/issues/19 Partial]}} || {{Y|[https://github.com/enckse/naaman/issues/20 Partial]}} || {{Yes}} || 1* || bash || {{L|automatic builds by default, use {{ic|--fetch}} to disable; use {{ic|-d}} to enable the solver}}
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! {{AUR|repofish}}
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| Bash || {{Y|Optional}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || 1* || {{-}} || {{L|automatic builds by default, use {{ic|check}} or {{ic|update}} to disable; [[local repository]] support}}
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! {{AUR|aurget}}
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| Bash || {{Y|Optional}} || {{No|https://github.com/pbrisbin/aurget/issues/41}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No|https://github.com/pbrisbin/aurget/issues/40}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || bash, zsh || {{L|sort by votes}}
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! {{Grey|{{AUR|spinach}} <br> <small>([https://github.com/floft/spinach discontinued])</small>}}
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| Bash || {{Yes|https://github.com/floft/spinach/commit/5455747}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{-}}
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|-
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! {{Grey|{{AUR|burgaur}} <br> <small>([https://github.com/m45t3r/burgaur/issues/7#issuecomment-365599675 discontinued])</small>}}
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| Python/C || {{Y|Optional}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{L|wrapper for ''cower''}}
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|}
  
* {{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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== Pacman wrappers ==
  
* {{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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See also [[pacman/Tips and tricks#Pacman wrappers]].
:* [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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{{Warning|{{man|8|pacman}} wrappers abstract the work of the package manager. They may (optionally or by default) introduce [[System_maintenance#Avoid_certain_pacman_commands|unsafe flags]], or other unexpected behavior leading to a defective system.}}
  
* {{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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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center;"
 
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! Name !! Written in !! File review !! Diff view !! Git clone !! Reliable parser !! Reliable solver !! Split packages !! Clean build !! Unsafe flags !! Batch interaction !! Shell completion !! Specificity
* {{App|Meat|front-end for cower ( see above ) and it is fully written in bash
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:{{Note|Meat is in actually under development/alpha state.}}|https://github.com/e36freak/meat|{{AUR|meat-git}}}}
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! {{AUR|yay}}
 
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| Go || {{Yes}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/Jguer/yay/pull/447}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/Jguer/yay/pull/297}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || [https://github.com/Jguer/yay/commit/3bdb534 {{ic|-Sy}}*]<br>[https://github.com/Jguer/yay/commit/ea5a94e {{ic|--ask}}*] || 1, [https://github.com/Jguer/yay/commit/3bdb534 2*], [https://github.com/Jguer/yay/commit/ea5a94e 3*] || bash, fish, zsh || {{L|fetch PGP keys, sort by votes/popularity, [https://github.com/Jguer/yay/commit/4bcd3a6 prompt architecture]}}
* {{App|owl|pacman and cower wrapper focused on simplicity|https://github.com/baskerville/owl
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:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=129609 Forum page]|https://github.com/baskerville/owl|{{AUR|owl-git}}}}
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! {{AUR|pakku}}
 
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| Nim || {{Yes}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/kitsunyan/pakku/commit/396e9f4}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/kitsunyan/pakku/commit/864cc03}} || [https://github.com/kitsunyan/pakku/wiki/Native-Pacman-Explanation {{ic|-Sy}}] || 1 || bash, zsh || {{L|[[ABS]] support, AUR comments, fetch PGP keys}}
* {{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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:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=937423 Forum page]|3=https://github.com/Spyhawk/pacaur|4={{AUR|pacaur}}}}
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! {{AUR|pikaur}}
 
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| Python || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/actionless/pikaur/commit/d409b95}} || {{Yes}} || [https://github.com/actionless/pikaur#pikaur {{ic|-Sy}}] || 1, 2, 3 || bash, fish, zsh || {{L|[http://0pointer.net/blog/dynamic-users-with-systemd.html dynamic users], [https://github.com/actionless/pikaur/tree/master/locale multilingual], sort by votes/popularity, print news, [https://github.com/actionless/pikaur/commit/3688d82 ignore errors]}}
* {{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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:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=88115 Forum page]
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! {{AUR|trizen}}
:* [https://github.com/bruenig/packer/wiki Wiki]|3=https://github.com/bruenig/packer|4={{AUR|packer}}}}
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| Perl || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} ||{{Yes|https://github.com/trizen/trizen/commit/6fb0cc9}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/trizen/trizen/commit/7ab7ee5f}}  || {{Yes}} || {{Y|[https://github.com/trizen/trizen/issues/46 Partial]}} || {{Yes}} || {{Y|[https://github.com/trizen/trizen/commit/9e7b40e {{ic|-Ud}}*] || 1* || bash, fish, zsh || {{L|automatic builds by default, use {{ic|-G}} to disable; AUR comments}}
 
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* {{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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! {{AUR|aura}}
 
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| Haskell || {{Y|Optional}} || {{Y|[https://github.com/aurapm/aura/blob/89bf702/aura/src/Aura/Pkgbuild/Records.hs Partial]}} || {{No|https://github.com/aurapm/aura/pull/346}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/aurapm/aura/commit/7848e983}} || {{No}} || {{No|https://github.com/aurapm/aura/issues/353}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || 1* || bash, zsh || {{L|automatic builds by default, use {{ic|--dryrun}} to disable; [[downgrade]] support, multilingual}}
* {{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
 
:* [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.
 
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}}}}
 
 
 
* {{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}}}}
 
 
 
* {{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
 
:* [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
 
:* [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=938688 Forum page]
 
|3=https://github.com/yanhan/powaur|4={{AUR|powaur}}}}
 
 
 
* {{App|Spinach|just another bash AUR helper|http://floft.net/wiki/Scripts/Spinach|{{AUR|spinach}}}}
 
 
 
* {{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>
 
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}}}}
 
 
 
* {{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}}}}
 
 
 
=== Comparison Table ===
 
 
 
{| border="1" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"
 
! Program !! Written in !! Dependency Support !! Core/extra/community support !! Actively Developed !! Usage
 
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! Aura
 
| Haskell || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman, with extra options for the AUR. See {{Ic|man aura}}
 
 
|-
 
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! Aurget
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! {{Grey|{{AUR|aurman}} <br> <small>([https://github.com/polygamma/aurman#stopped-development-for-public-use no&nbsp;user&nbsp;support])</small>}}
| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || see {{Ic|aurget --help}}
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| Python || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes|https://github.com/polygamma/aurman/wiki/Description-of-the-aurman-dependency-solving}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || [https://github.com/polygamma/aurman/commit/6c02ba3 {{ic|-Sy}}*]<br>[https://github.com/polygamma/aurman#make-use-of-the-undocumented---ask-flag-of-pacman {{ic|--ask}}*] || 1, [https://github.com/polygamma/aurman#question-6 2*, 3*] || bash, fish || {{L|fetch PGP keys, sort by votes/popularity, print news}}
 
|-
 
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! AurShell
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! {{Grey|1={{AUR|pacaur}} <br> <small>([https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1755144#p1755144 discontinued])</small>}}
| Python || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Ic|aursh}} (runs Aurshell program, wherein a number of different commands can be used)
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| Bash/C || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || [https://github.com/rmarquis/pacaur/commit/d8f4918 {{ic|-Ud}}]<br>[https://github.com/rmarquis/pacaur/commit/12707cc {{ic|--ask}}] || 1, 3 || bash, zsh || {{L|multilingual, sort by votes/popularity}}
 
|-
 
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! Aurora
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! {{Grey|{{AUR|wrapaur}} <br> <small>(stalled)</small>}}
| Python3 || {{Yes|Basic (with makepkg)}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || see {{Ic|aurora --help}}
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| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{L|mirror updates, print news and AUR comments}}
 
|-
 
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! Cower
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! {{Grey|{{AUR|packer-aur}} <br> <small>(stalled)</small>}}
| C|| {{Yes}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || see {{Ic|cower -h}}
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| Bash || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Yes}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{-}} || {{-}}
 
|-
 
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! Makeaur
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! {{Grey|{{AUR|yaourt}} <br> <small>(low&nbsp;activity)</small>}}
| Bash || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{No}} || {{Ic|makeaur ''pkgname''}}
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| Bash/C || {{No|https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/blob/34b5c0b/src/lib/aur.sh#L54-L72}} || {{Y|Optional}} || {{Y|Optional}} || {{No}} || {{No|https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/issues/186}} || {{No|https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/issues/85}} || {{No|https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/aur-general/2015-August/031314.html}} || [https://github.com/archlinuxfr/yaourt/blob/d30823e/yaourt/yaourt#L1773 {{ic|-Sy}}] || 2 || bash, fish, zsh || {{L|ABS support, print AUR comments, multilingual}}
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== Graphical ==
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See also [[pacman/Tips and tricks#Graphical front-ends]].
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{{Warning|
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* Graphical AUR helpers are typically aimed at [[Arch-based distributions]]. Their use in [[Arch Linux]] may lead to a defective system, for example through unattended [[partial upgrades]].
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* If a helper has ''known'' problematic behavior, it is colored with a red entry.}}
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center;"
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! Name !! Written in !! GUI toolkit !! Backend helper !! Notes
 
|-
 
|-
! Owl
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! {{AUR|aarchup}}
| Dash || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || See {{Ic|man owl}}
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| C
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| GTK+ 2
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| auracle
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
|-
! Pacaur
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! {{AUR|argon}}
| 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
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| GTK+ 3
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| auracle, pacaur
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
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! Packer
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! {{AUR|cylon}}
| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|packer -S ''pkgname''}})
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| Bash
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| TUI
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| auracle, trizen
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
|-
! pacmoon
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! {{AUR|kalu}}
| Zsh|| {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || Similar to [[Wikipedia:Portage_(software)#Emerge|emerge]] from portage e.g. {{Ic|pacmoon -av ''pkgname''}}
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| C
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| GTK+ 3
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| {{-}}
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
|-
! Paktahn
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! {{AUR|pactray}}
| Lisp|| {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|pak -S ''pkgname''}})
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| Python
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| GTK+3
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| auracle
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
|-
! pbfetch
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! {{AUR|pamac-aur}}
| Bash || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{No}} || Identical to pacman, and/or AUR specific arguments (additional arguments for PKGBUILD editing, etc)
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| Vala
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| GTK+ 3
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| {{-}}
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| Uses {{man|3|libalpm}} instead of {{man|8|pacman}}
 
|-
 
|-
! PKGBUILDer
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! {{AUR|pakku-gui}}
| python3 || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} ({{Ic|pb}} command) || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|pkgbuilder -S ''pkgname''}}). {{Ic|pb}} command supports pacman repos and the AUR.
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| Python
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| GTK+ 3
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| pakku
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
|-
! powaur
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! {{AUR|pkgbrowser}}
| C || {{No}} || {{Yes|Limited}}|| {{No}} || Identical to pacman (eg. {{Ic|powaur -S ''pkgname''}})
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| Python
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| Qt 5
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| {{-}}
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
|-
! tusdah
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! {{AUR|updatehint}}
| Python || {{No}} || {{No|Under development}} || {{Yes}} || {{Ic|tusdah ''pkgname''}}
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| Bash
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| GTK+ 3
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| auracle
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| {{-}}
 
|-
 
|-
! [[Yaourt]]
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! {{R|{{AUR|octopi}}}}
| Bash, back-end in C || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || {{Yes}} || Identical to pacman (e.g., {{Ic|yaourt -S ''pkgname''}})
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| C++
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| Qt 5
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| trizen, pacaur, yaourt
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| {{R|[https://github.com/aarnt/octopi/blob/271c7e1/octopi.install enabled on install] notifier service regularly [https://github.com/aarnt/octopi/issues/134#issuecomment-142099266 performs partial upgrades]}}
 
|}
 
|}
  
== Testing and validation ==
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== Libraries ==
Helpers that check for errors in packages.
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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}}}}
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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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== Maintenance ==
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* {{App|aur-out-of-date|Uses hoster APIs to check AUR packages for upstream changes.|https://github.com/simon04/aur-out-of-date|{{AUR|aur-out-of-date}}}}
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* {{App|pkgbuild-watch|Looks for changes on the upstream web pages.|http://kmkeen.com/pkgbuild-watch|{{AUR|pkgbuild-watch}}}}
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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}}}}
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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|parched|pacman package and PKGBUILD parser module|http://hackage.haskell.org/package/archlinux|{{AUR|parched}}}}
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== Uploading ==
  
== See also ==
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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
* [[pacman GUI Frontends]]
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* [https://github.com/JonnyJD/PKGBUILDs/blob/master/_bin/aur4_make_submodule.sh aur4_make_submodule.sh] — Replaces a package in a bigger git repository with an AUR 4 submodule, including {{ic|.SRCINFO}}
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* {{App|aurpublish|Helper script to manage and upload AUR packages using {{man|1|git-subtree}}. Uses {{man|5|githooks}} to verify the PKGBUILD integrity, generate .SRCINFO automatically, and create a commit message template.|https://github.com/eli-schwartz/aurpublish|{{Pkg|aurpublish}}}}

Latest revision as of 23:30, 18 September 2018

Warning: AUR helpers are not supported by Arch Linux. You should become familiar with the manual build process in order to be prepared to troubleshoot problems.
Note: Do not edit this article prior to discussion in Talk:AUR helpers.

AUR helpers automate certain tasks for using the Arch User Repository. Most helpers automate the process of retrieving a package's PKGBUILD from the AUR and building the package. In most cases packages installed from the AUR are not checked for updates by pacman; thus some helpers check the AUR for updates and automate the re-build process. However, keep in mind that a rebuild of an AUR package, or any other packages built and installed locally, may be required when shared libraries are updated, not just when the package is updated.

Since AUR helpers are unsupported, they are not present in the official repositories.

Legend

The columns have the following meaning:

File review
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.
Diff view
Ability to view package differences on inspection. Besides the PKGBUILD, this includes changes to files such as .install or .patch files.
Git clone
Uses git-clone(1) by default to retrieve build files from the AUR.
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 ros-lunar-desktopAUR.
Split packages
Ability to correctly build and install:
  • Multiple packages from the same package base, without rebuilding or reinstalling multiple times, such as clionAUR
  • Split packages which depend on a package from the same package base, such as libc++AUR and libc++abiAUR.
  • Split packages independently, such as python-pyalsaaudioAUR and python2-pyalsaaudioAUR.
Clean build
Does not export new variables that can prevent a successful build process.
Batch interaction
Ability to prompt before the build process, in particular:
  1. Inspection of package files or their differences;
  2. Summary of package upgrades;
  3. Resolution of package conflicts and installations.
An asterisk denotes functionality specifically enabled by the user.
Shell completion
Tab completion is available for the listed shells.
Note:
  • Table rows are sorted by column values, where Yes or N/A take precedence over Partial or Optional and No, or alphabetically if values are equal.
  • Optional means that a feature is available, but only through a command-line argument or configuration option. Partial means that a feature is not fully implemented, or that it partially deviates from the given criteria.

Search-only

Name Written in File review Git clone Reliable parser Reliable solver Shell completion Specificity
pbgetAUR Python Yes Yes Yes
yaahAUR Bash Yes Optional Yes bash
auracle-gitAUR C++ Yes No Yes Yes print build order
cowerAUR C Yes No Yes bash, zsh regex support, sort by votes/popularity
package-queryAUR C Yes No
repoctlAUR Go Yes No Yes zsh local repository support
aurelAUR
(discontinued)
Emacs Lisp Yes No Yes Emacs integration

Build and search

Name Written in File review Diff view Git clone Reliable parser Reliable solver Split packages Clean build Batch interaction Shell completion Specificity
aurutilsAUR Bash/C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 zsh vifm, local repository, package signing, clean chroot support, sort by votes/popularity
bauerbillAUR Python Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 bash, zsh trust management, ABS support, extends powerpill, bb-wrapper for pacman wrapping
PKGBUILDerAUR Python Optional No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes 1* automatic builds by default, use -F to disable; multilingual, pb-wrapper for pacman wrapping
naamanAUR Python Optional No Yes Yes Partial Partial Yes 1* bash automatic builds by default, use --fetch to disable; use -d to enable the solver
repofishAUR Bash Optional Yes Yes No No No Yes 1* automatic builds by default, use check or update to disable; local repository support
aurgetAUR Bash Optional No No No No No Yes bash, zsh sort by votes
spinachAUR
(discontinued)
Bash Yes No No No No No Yes
burgaurAUR
(discontinued)
Python/C Optional No No No No No Yes wrapper for cower

Pacman wrappers

See also pacman/Tips and tricks#Pacman wrappers.

Warning: pacman(8) wrappers abstract the work of the package manager. They may (optionally or by default) introduce unsafe flags, or other unexpected behavior leading to a defective system.
Name Written in File review Diff view Git clone Reliable parser Reliable solver Split packages Clean build Unsafe flags Batch interaction Shell completion Specificity
yayAUR Go Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -Sy*
--ask*
1, 2*, 3* bash, fish, zsh fetch PGP keys, sort by votes/popularity, prompt architecture
pakkuAUR Nim Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -Sy 1 bash, zsh ABS support, AUR comments, fetch PGP keys
pikaurAUR Python Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -Sy 1, 2, 3 bash, fish, zsh dynamic users, multilingual, sort by votes/popularity, print news, ignore errors
trizenAUR Perl Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes -Ud* 1* bash, fish, zsh automatic builds by default, use -G to disable; AUR comments
auraAUR Haskell Optional Partial No Yes No No Yes 1* bash, zsh automatic builds by default, use --dryrun to disable; downgrade support, multilingual
aurmanAUR
(no user support)
Python Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -Sy*
--ask*
1, 2*, 3* bash, fish fetch PGP keys, sort by votes/popularity, print news
pacaurAUR
(discontinued)
Bash/C Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -Ud
--ask
1, 3 bash, zsh multilingual, sort by votes/popularity
wrapaurAUR
(stalled)
Bash Yes No Yes No No No Yes mirror updates, print news and AUR comments
packer-aurAUR
(stalled)
Bash No No No No No No Yes
yaourtAUR
(low activity)
Bash/C No Optional Optional No No No No -Sy 2 bash, fish, zsh ABS support, print AUR comments, multilingual

Graphical

See also pacman/Tips and tricks#Graphical front-ends.

Warning:
  • Graphical AUR helpers are typically aimed at Arch-based distributions. Their use in Arch Linux may lead to a defective system, for example through unattended partial upgrades.
  • If a helper has known problematic behavior, it is colored with a red entry.
Name Written in GUI toolkit Backend helper Notes
aarchupAUR C GTK+ 2 auracle
argonAUR Python GTK+ 3 auracle, pacaur
cylonAUR Bash TUI auracle, trizen
kaluAUR C GTK+ 3
pactrayAUR Python GTK+3 auracle
pamac-aurAUR Vala GTK+ 3 Uses libalpm(3) instead of pacman(8)
pakku-guiAUR Python GTK+ 3 pakku
pkgbrowserAUR Python Qt 5
updatehintAUR Bash GTK+ 3 auracle
octopiAUR C++ Qt 5 trizen, pacaur, yaourt enabled on install notifier service regularly performs partial upgrades

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

Maintenance

  • aur-out-of-date — Uses hoster APIs to check AUR packages for upstream changes.
https://github.com/simon04/aur-out-of-date || aur-out-of-dateAUR
  • 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
  • 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

Uploading

  • aur4_import.sh — Splits a package from a git repository with multiple packages, adding/updating .SRCINFO for every commit
  • aur4_make_submodule.sh — Replaces a package in a bigger git repository with an AUR 4 submodule, including .SRCINFO
  • aurpublish — Helper script to manage and upload AUR packages using git-subtree(1). Uses githooks(5) to verify the PKGBUILD integrity, generate .SRCINFO automatically, and create a commit message template.
https://github.com/eli-schwartz/aurpublish || aurpublish