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Warning: Most of these tools aren't officially supported by the Arch Linux developers.
AUR Helpers are written to make using the Arch User Repository more comfortable.
AUR uploader helpers
- 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. It can include comments, vote, and toggle notifications as well. It is now part of the python3-aur package, which includes modules for AUR automation and some other helpers.
- aurup — a command-line tool to upload AUR packages
- burp — fast and simple AUR uploader written in C. Supports persistent cookies for seamless logins
- build script of newrelic-php — fast and simple AUR uploader written in Ruby. It uses curl for uploading so, probably work only on Linux/Mac. It's a part of newrelic-php5 package
AUR search/build helpers
This is a list of helper utilities that search and/or build packages.
- aur.sh — A ~150 byte Bash script outside the package system that downloads and builds AUR packages named on the command line (and their dependencies). Useful for bootstrapping more full-featured AUR helpers.
- aura — a secure, multilingual 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 or AUR (binary)
- aurbuild — tool to download and build packages from the AUR.
- http://aurbuild.berlios.de/ || AUR
- aurel — Search, vote and download AUR packages from Emacs (Forum page)
- 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 by design.
- aurifere — AUR wrapper for lazy people in Python.
- aurinstaller — a full-of-bugs Bash AUR helper.
- aurnotify — a tool set to notify the status of your favorite packages from AUR.
- aurora — very simple front-end 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
- aurpac — light and fast AUR and pacman front-end
- aurquery — caching wrapper around the AUR's RPC interface using the python3-aur library
- autoaur — script for automatic mass downloading, updating, building, and installing groups of AUR packages
- cower — fast and simple AUR search and download agent, which will also check for updates and download dependencies. (Forum page)
- meat — front-end for cower (see above) written entirely in Bash
- owlman — pacman and cower wrapper focused on simplicity (Forum page)
- pacaur — fast workflow AUR helper, using cower as its back-end. It aims for speed and simplicity and is designed to minimize user prompt interaction and to use an uncluttered interface. (Forum page)
- packer — 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 (Forum page)
- paktahn — yaourt replacement. Includes improvements such as a local cache for fast searches and interactive installation. (Forum page)
- pbfetch — script which can be used as a pacman-independent AUR helper or a pacman wrapper with additional AUR functionality. Pbfetch aims to be simple and fast versus the well established yaourt. Pbfetch can be used as a shortcut to simply download PKGBUILDs from the AUR or automatically build packages 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. (Forum page)
- 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
- PKGBUILDer — An AUR helper with dependency support written in Python 3. 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.
- pkgman — 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. (Forum page)
- pywer — A Python rewrite of cower with a library (
libaur) for use in Python scripts, currently in development. It does not build packages. Checks for updates, searches for packages and maintainers, and gets information on packages.
- spinach — just another AUR helper written in Bash
- srcman — 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
-Uoperation) or can be installed from a (source) repository (
-Soperation). The address of an AUR pacman database can be found in the corresponding forum thread. The primary goal of this project is to provide a complete pacman wrapper; therefore, srcman supports all current pacman operations for binary and source packages
- trizen — A lightweight wrapper for the AUR written in Perl.
- wrapaur — A simple pacman and cower wrapper written in bash to help with everyday package tasks.
- yaah — A minimalist wrapper for the AUR written in Bash.
- 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 for both unofficial AUR and official Arch packages. Yaourt uses the same 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.
AUR maintaining helpers
- pkgbuild-watch — Looks for changes on the upstream web pages
- pkgbuildup — Help AUR package maintainers automatically update PKGBUILD files. Supports a simple template variable syntax
- Repository: GitHub || AUR
- pkgcheck — Uses rules in PKGBUILDs to parse upstream version information or looks for changes by checksumming the web page
- pkglivecheck — 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://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2013-April/017048.html || Repository: GitHub[dead link 2014-07-11]
Other useful libraries.
- haskell-archlinux — library to programmatically access the AUR and package metadata from the Haskell programming language
- parched — pacman package and PKGBUILD parser module written in Python
Quick Comparison Table
Note: Secure means that the application, by default, does not source the PKGBUILD at all, or, before doing it, reminds the user and offers him the opportunity to inspect it manually. Some helpers are known to source PKGBUILDs before the user can inspect them. For example, for dependency resolution, and this can allow malicious code to be executed. Optional means that there's a command line flag or configuration option to prevent the automatic sourcing before viewing.
|Name||Written In||Active Project||Official Repository Support||Pacman-like Syntax||Shell Tab Completion||Secure (see note above)||Multilingual||Specificity|
|aura||Haskell||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (bash/zsh/fish)||Yes||Yes||Handles backups, downgrades, ABS Support|
|cower||C||Yes||No||No||Yes (bash/zsh)||Yes||No||Minimalist helper without automatic build support.|
|pacaur||Bash/C||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (bash/zsh)||Yes||Yes||Minimize interaction, split package support|
|PKGBUILDer||Python 3||Yes||Yes (
|pywer||Python 3||Yes||No (read only libaur.repos)||No||Yes (zsh)||Yes||No||Includes Python 3 |
|trizen||Perl||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Full dependencies support for AUR packages.|
|yaah||Bash||Yes||No||No||Yes (bash)||Yes||No||Minimalist helper without automatic build support.|
|yaourt||Bash/C||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (bash/zsh/fish)||Yes||Yes||Handles backups, ABS support|