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This is a list of Pacman GUI frontends for the pacman CLI tool, a Pacman / AUR Package Browser, and a variety of System Tray Notifiers. The list also includes catagories for Gtk2 based and Qt based software.

Warning: None of these tools are officially supported by Arch devs.

Pacman Frontends



Wakka is a GtkPacman based package manager, designed to cleanup the backend design of GtkPacman as well as the user interface, and update it to the latest and greatest releases of Python and PyGtk.

GNOME PackageKit

GNOME PackageKit is a distribution-agnostic collection of utilities for managing packages. Using the pacman-glib backend (still in development), it supports the following features:

  • Install and remove packages from the repos.
  • Periodically refresh package databases and prompt for updates.
  • Install packages from tarballs.
  • Search for packages by name, description, category or file.
  • Show package dependencies, files and reverse dependencies.
  • Ignore IgnorePkgs and hold HoldPkgs.
  • Report optional dependencies, .pacnew files, etc.

You can change the remove operation from -Rc to -Rsc by setting the GConf key /apps/gnome-packagekit/enable_autoremove.

Known issues:

  • Occasionally the packagekit daemon will hang when install scripts are being processed. If this happens, the packagekitd process should have a child process also named packagekitd, which has another child named sh. It is safe to kill the child packagekitd process provided that the sh process is a zombie. However, the output of the install script will be lost. This problem will be resolved in pacman 3.5.
  • Sometimes an error will occur but won't be reported by GNOME PackageKit.
  • PackageKit does not find the repositories if the Architecture option is set to auto in /etc/pacman.conf. Change this option to Architecture = i686 resp. Architecture = x86_64 to fix this.


pacman -S gnome-packagekit gnome-settings-daemon-updates



KPackageKit is a GUI front-end for pacman. It interfaces pacman through pacman-glib and packagekit-qt. This graphical tool allows to do the following from KDE's systemsettings:

  • Install/remove/upgrade packages
  • Search packages / filter packages
  • Retrieve package info
  • Refresh package database
  • Choose which repositories will be updated
  • Automatically refresh database (Hourly, daily etc.)
  • Automatically update packages

KPackageKit is relatively new as a front-end for pacman, and it works with no major problems, providing ease of use, simplicity and good integration with KDE (and PolicyKit).

Known Issues:

AUR Package:


AppSet is an advanced and feature rich GUI front-end for Package Managers. AppSet has the following features:

  • Software sections (games, office, multimedia, internet etc.)
  • Shows homepages for selected packages in an embedded web browser
  • Shows distributions news with an embedded feed reader
  • Upgrades, installs and removes packages
  • Shows available upgrades with a Tray Icon
  • Updates database periodically
  • Informs about dependencies (for example when trying to remove a package needed by others)
  • Cache clean command (to free disk space)
  • Intelligent launcher that uses what is already installed to get administrative privileges (by searching for kdesu, gksu or at last for an xterm where it starts with a sudo command)
  • Now with AUR support with Packer as backend

AppSet needs only QT libs as dependence for installation. It can be used in any desktop environment. Currently only works for Archlinux using pacman.

AUR Package:

Pacman / AUR Package Browser


Pkgbrowser is an application for searching and browsing Arch packages, showing details on selected packages.

  • Search and browse Arch packages including the AUR
  • Purely an informational application that cannot be used to install, remove or update packages
  • By design, is an accessory to CLI package management via pacman
  • Further details on use via manual accessed from help menu

AUR Package:
Screenshot and source code:

System Tray Notifiers


archup is a small C application which informs the user when system-updates for Archlinux are available. Archup uses GTk+ and libnotify to show a desktop notification if updates are available.


aarchup is fork of archup which seems to be inactive. Has the same options as archup plus a few other features. For differences between both please check changelog at the topic


Written in Ruby, uses Gtk. Shows an icon in the system tray and popup notifications (using libnotify) for new packages.


Pacupdate is a small application that notifies the user about new updates for Arch Linux. If Pacupdate finds out that a update is available, it will display a notification in SystemTray.


Yapan - Yet Another Package mAnager Notifier - is written in C++ and Qt. It shows an icon in the system tray and popup notifications for new packages and supports other package manager like clyde or yaourt.


PacMan frontend (tray update notifier) for GTK/GNOME/zenity/libnotify.

Yaourt-Dzen Notifier

A very simple 14 line shell script that displays the number of available updates in the dzen2 title window and a list of these updates in the slave window. Uses yaourt, dzen2 and inotify-tools.

Inactive Software Packages