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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



PacmanXG is a GUI front-end for pacman. Not depends either GTK nor Qt. Just X. This graphical tool allows to do the following:

  • Install/remove/upgrade packages
  • Search packages / filter packages
  • Retrieve package info include screenshots
  • Downgrade packages (need downgrade utility from AUR)
  • Refresh package database, synchronize mirrors.
  • Update system in one click
  • YAOURT support (in testing)

AUR Package:
Direct link to binary:



Wakka is a gtk based package manager for Arch Linux, derived from the work done on GtkPacman. The goal is to clean up the code and rework the program to be stable and extensible.

AUR Package:

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 will not 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

If you do not wish to install PulseAudio, you can install Template:Package AUR from the AUR.



KPackageKit is a GUI front-end for PackageKit. Pacman integration is accomplished via the Template:Package Official package in [community] which has been patched for pacman support. 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

While pacman support in PackageKit is relatively new, 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:



Package management in a curses frontend, including:

  • regexp filtering and searching any package property
  • customizable colorcoding
  • customizable sorting
  • external command execution with package list string replacements
  • user defined macros and hotkeys

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:


Pacinfo is an application to browse the installed packages and show information like screenshot, installed files, installation date and others. Written in Mono/GTK#

AUR Package:

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 a fork of archup. 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.

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. Depends on yaourt, dzen2 and inotify-tools.

Inactive Software Packages