Revision as of 03:43, 13 March 2018 by Morganamilo (Expand the 'split package' column definition to include common cases that AUR helpers fail to handle correctly.)
- AUR helpers are not 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 can replicate official repositories, such as
pacman -Syu. This usage may deviate from pacman in various ways; it is thus not supported or recommended. usage for the
AUR helpers are written to automate certain tasks for the Arch User Repository.
- aur4_import.sh — Splits a package from a git repository with multiple packages, adding/updating
.SRCINFOfor every commit.
- aur4_make_submodule.sh — Replaces a package in a bigger git repository with an AUR 4 submodule, including
- aurpublish — Manage AUR packages as git subtrees. The generation of
PKGBUILDchecking and the creation of a per package commit message template is left to the git hooks in the same repo.
Build and search
Note: This list does not include details on functionality or maintainer status. See #Comparison table.
This is a list of helper utilities that search, download and/or build packages.
- argon — Graphical frontend to pacaur.
- aura — A package manager for Arch Linux written in Haskell. (Forum page)
- https://github.com/aurapm/aura || AUR (binary)
- auracle — An AUR client written in C++.
- aurel — Search, vote and download AUR packages from Emacs. (Forum page)
- aurget — pacman-like interface to the AUR, without wrapping pacman commands.
- aurman — AUR helper written in python
- aurquery — Caching wrapper around the AUR's RPC interface using the python3-aur library.
- aurutils — Helper tools for the AUR. (Forum page)
- bauerbill — Powerpill/pacman extension with support for building packages from ABS and AUR. (Forum page)
- burgaur — A front-end for cower written in Python.
- cower — AUR search and download agent written in C, which also checks for updates and package dependencies. (Forum page)
- naaman — An AUR helper written in Python 3.
- pacaur — An AUR helper that minimizes user interaction. (Forum page)
- pacget — A wrapper around pacaur to mimic yaourt's search feature.
- packer — Wrapper for pacman and the AUR. (Forum page)
- pakku — Pacman wrapper with AUR support.
- pbget — Retrieve source files from the Arch SVN and CVS web interface, the AUR, and the ABS rsync server.
- pikaur — Pacman wrapper written in Python.
- PKGBUILDer — An AUR helper with dependency support written in Python 3.
- prm — An AUR and ABS helper.
- repoctl — Tool to help manage local repositories (AUR support).
- spinach — An AUR helper written in Bash
- trizen — A wrapper for the AUR written in Perl.
- wrapaur — A pacman and AUR wrapper written in bash.
- || AUR
- yaah — Yet another AUR helper
- yaourt — A wrapper for the AUR and regular packages.
- yay — AUR helper written in Go.
- https://github.com/Jguer/yay || AUR or AUR (binary)
- aur-out-of-date — Uses hoster APIs to check AUR packages for upstream changes
- pkgbuild-watch — Looks for changes on the upstream web pages
- pkgbuildup — Helps AUR package maintainers automatically update PKGBUILD files. Supports a template variable syntax.
- pkgcheck — Uses rules in PKGBUILDs to parse upstream version information or looks for changes by checksumming the web page
- 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
- haskell-archlinux — Library to access the AUR and package metadata from the Haskell programming language
- python3-aur — Python 3 modules for accessing AUR package information and automating AUR interactions.
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 AUR.
- Reliable solver: ability to correctly solve and build complex dependency chains, such as AUR.
- Split packages: A project is considered to support split packages if it has the ability to correctly build and install:
- – Multiple packages from the same package base, without rebuilding or reinstalling multiple times, such as AUR
- – Split packages which depend on a package from the same package base, such as AUR and AUR.
- – Split packages independently, such as AUR and AUR.
- Git clone: uses instead of downloading tarballs which is deprecated.
- Maintained: A project is considered maintained if it fullfills all of the following criteria:
- – it is not discontinued by the author in favor of a different project or otherwise;
- – it has seen general activity in the last 6 months;
- – existing issues on security and clean build (as described above) have been worked on in the last 6 months.
- Syntax: P stands for Pacman-like, S for specific.
|Name||Written In||Maintained||Secure||Clean build||Reliable parser||Reliable solver||Split packages||Git clone||Shell completion||Syntax||Specificity|
|aura||Haskell||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No ||No||bash, zsh||P||Downgrade, ABS, powerpill support, multilingual, requires ArchHaskell|
|auracle||C++||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes||Yes||N/A||No||N/A||S||No automatic builds|
|aurel||Emacs Lisp||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes||N/A||N/A||No||N/A||S||Emacs integration, no automatic builds|
|aurget||Bash||No||Optional||Yes||No||No||No ||No||bash, zsh||P||sort by votes|
|aurman||Python||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||bash||P||batch interaction, fetch pgp keys, sort by popularity, deep search|
|aurutils||Bash/C||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||zsh||S||vifm, PCRE, local repository, package signing, systemd-nspawn support, sort by votes/popularity|
|bauerbill||Python||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||bash, zsh||P/S||Trust management, ABS support, extends Powerpill|
|burgaur||Python/C||No ||Optional, with mc||Yes||No||No||No||No||None||P||Wrapper for cower|
|cower||C||No ||Yes||N/A||Yes||N/A||N/A||No||bash/zsh||S||No automatic builds, regex support, sort by votes/popularity|
|pacaur||Bash/C||No ||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||bash, zsh||P/S||multilingual, sort by votes/popularity, batch interaction|
|pakku||Nim||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||bash||P||Pacman-like user interface|
|pbget||Python||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes||N/A||N/A||Yes||None||S||No automatic builds|
|pikaur||Python||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||bash, fish, zsh||P/S||dynamic users, multilingual, sort by votes/popularity, batch interaction|
|PKGBUILDer||Python||Yes||Optional||Yes||Yes||Yes||Partial ||Yes||None||P|| Automatic builds by default, use |
|prm||Bash||No||Yes ||N/A||Yes||N/A||N/A||Yes||None||S||No automatic builds, ABS support|
|repoctl||Go||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes ||N/A||N/A||No||zsh||S||No automatic builds, local repository support|
|trizen||Perl||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes ||Yes||Yes ||Yes ||bash, zsh||P||AUR comments|
|wrapaur||Bash||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||None||S||Mirror updates, print news and AUR comments|
|yaah||Bash||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes||N/A||N/A||Optional||bash||S||No automatic builds|
|yaourt||Bash/C||No||No (yaourt -Si)  ||No ||No||No ||No ||Optional||bash, zsh, fish||P||Backup, ABS support, AUR comments, multilingual|
|yay||Go||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||bash, zsh, fish||P||sort by votes, batch interaction|
- Pacman 4.2. introduced architecture specific fields.  AurJson merges these fields to their generic counterparts, such as
makedepends: FS#48796. Helpers relying on the RPC may use the below workarounds to retrieve dependencies:
- – Retrieve specific fields from .SRCINFO: AUR , AUR 
- – Strip the
i686systems: AUR , AUR , AUR 
- The RPC does not support querying versioned packages: FS#54906. AUR and AUR implement this manually.