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This is a list of frontends for the [[pacman]] CLI tool. The list includes full featured GUI frontends, informational tools, and a variety of system tray notifiers. The list also includes categories for Gtk2 based and Qt based software.
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This is a list of frontends for the [[pacman]] CLI tool. The list includes full featured GUI frontends, informational tools, and a variety of system tray notifiers. The list also includes categories for GTK2 based and Qt based software.
  
 
{{Warning|None of these tools are officially supported by Arch Linux/Pacman developers.}}
 
{{Warning|None of these tools are officially supported by Arch Linux/Pacman developers.}}
  
== Pacman Frontends ==
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== Pacman frontends ==
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=== X11 ===
 
=== X11 ===
====PacmanXG====
 
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:''' https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=52039 <br>
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* {{App|1=PacmanXG4|2=GUI front-end for pacman. Depends neither GTK+ nor Qt, just X11. This graphical tool allows to do the following:
'''Screenshots'''  http://almin-soft.nx0.ru/photo-cat-photo-cat-pacmanxg.html <br>
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:* Install/remove/upgrade packages
'''Direct link to binary:''' http://almin-soft.nx0.ru/media/files/binaries/download.php?get=pacmanXG.tar.bz2
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:* Search packages/filter packages
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:* Retrieve package info include screenshots
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:* Downgrade packages (need downgrade utility from AUR)
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:* Refresh package database, synchronize mirrors.
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:* Update system in one click
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:* Find out which package a specific file belongs to (include file with pkgfile utility)
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:* yaourt support
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:'''Screenshots'''  http://almin-soft.fsay.net/index.php?pacmanxg/4x-hide/pacmanxg-4x-screenshots <br>
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:'''Direct link to binary:''' http://almin-soft.fsay.net/data/files/pacmanxg/download.php?get=pacmanXG4.tar.bz2  
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|3='''Web page:''' http://translate.google.com.hk/translate?act=url&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://almin-soft.fsay.net/index.php?pacmanxg/4x-series (en)
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|4='''AUR : ''' {{AUR|pacmanxg4-bin}}}}
  
=== GNOME/GTK+ ===
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* {{App|1=PacmanExpress|2=GUI front-end for pacman. Depends neither GTK+ nor Qt, just X11. This graphical tool is a lightweight version of PacmanXG
====Wakka====
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:* Interface "all in one box"
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.
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:* No query. Install/remove packages takes place immediately.
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:* Ability to run multiple operations/remove packages (be careful!)
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:* yaourt support
  
'''AUR Package:''' https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=47037 <br>
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:'''Direct link to binary:''' http://almin-soft.fsay.net/data/files/pacmanxg/download.php?get=pacmanexpress.tar.bz2
'''Project:''' http://code.google.com/p/wakka-package-manager/
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|3='''Web page:''' http://translate.google.com.hk/translate?act=url&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://almin-soft.fsay.net/index.php?pacmanxg/pacman-express(en)
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|4='''AUR : ''' {{AUR|pacmanexpress}}}}
  
====GNOME PackageKit====
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=== GNOME/GTK+ ===
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:
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*Install and remove packages from the repos.
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* {{App|Wakka|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.
*Periodically refresh package databases and prompt for updates.
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:'''Screenshots:''' http://mibloglinux.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/wakka-interfaz-grafica-para-pacman/
*Install packages from tarballs.
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|https://code.google.com/p/wakka-package-manager/|}}
*Search for packages by name, description, category or file.
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:{{Warning|Wakka is currently incompatible with Pacman 4.}}
*Show package dependencies, files and reverse dependencies.
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*Ignore IgnorePkgs and hold HoldPkgs.
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*Report optional dependencies, .pacnew files, etc.
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You can change the remove operation from -Rc to -Rsc by setting the GConf key /apps/gnome-packagekit/enable_autoremove.
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* {{App|GNOME PackageKit|Distribution-agnostic collection of utilities for managing packages. Using the alpm backend, it supports the following features:
 
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:* Install and remove packages from the repos.
Known issues:
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:* Periodically refresh package databases and prompt for updates.
*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.
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:* Install packages from tarballs.
*Sometimes an error will occur but will not be reported by GNOME PackageKit.
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:* Search for packages by name, description, category or file.
*PackageKit does not find the repositories if the <code>Architecture</code> option is set to <code>auto</code> in <code>/etc/pacman.conf</code>. Change this option to <code>Architecture = i686</code> resp. <code>Architecture = x86_64</code> to fix this.
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:* Show package dependencies, files and reverse dependencies.
 
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:* Ignore IgnorePkgs and hold HoldPkgs.
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:* Report optional dependencies, .pacnew files, etc.
pacman -S gnome-packagekit gnome-settings-daemon-updates
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:You can change the remove operation from -Rc to -Rsc by setting the DConf key org.gnome.packagekit.enable-autoremove.
 
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:{{Tip|If you do not wish to install PulseAudio, you can install {{AUR|gnome-settings-daemon-nopulse}} from the AUR.}}
If you do not wish to install PulseAudio, you can install {{Package AUR|gnome-settings-daemon-nopulse}} from the AUR.
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|http://packagekit.org/|{{Pkg|gnome-packagekit}}}}
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* {{App|zenity_pacgui|Zenity GUI for Pacman.|http://sourceforge.net/projects/zenitypacgui/|{{AUR|zenity_pacgui}}}}
  
 
=== KDE/Qt ===
 
=== KDE/Qt ===
====KPackageKit====
 
KPackageKit is a GUI front-end for [http://www.packagekit.org/ PackageKit]. Pacman integration is accomplished via the {{Package Official|packagekit}} package in [community] which gained upstream support for pacman. 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:
 
*See [[#GNOME PackageKit]]
 
 
'''AUR Package:''' https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=20413 <br>
 
'''Screenshots'''  http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/KPackageKit?content=84745
 
 
====AppSet====
 
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.
 
 
'''Homepage:''' http://appset.sourceforge.net/ <br>
 
'''AUR Package:''' https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=43869 <br>
 
'''Screenshots'''  http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=376825
 
 
=== NCurses ===
 
====pcurses====
 
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
 
 
'''Homepage:''' https://github.com/schuay/pcurses <br>
 
'''AUR Package:''' https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=42685 <br>
 
'''Screenshots''' https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=122749
 
 
== Pacman / AUR Package Browser ==
 
===PkgBrowser===
 
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
 
  
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* {{App|1=KPackageKit/Apper|2=GUI frontend for [http://www.packagekit.org/ PackageKit]. Pacman integration is accomplished via the {{Pkg|packagekit}}, which gained upstream support for pacman. This graphical tool allows to do the following from KDE's systemsettings:
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:* Install/remove/upgrade packages
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:* Search packages/filter packages
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:* Retrieve package info
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:* Refresh package database
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:* Choose which repositories will be updated
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:* Automatically refresh database (Hourly, daily etc.)
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:* Automatically update packages
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: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).
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:'''Screenshots:'''  http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Apper?content=84745
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|3=http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Apper?content=84745|4={{Pkg|apper}}}}
  
'''Forum:''' https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117297 <br>
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* {{App|1=AppSet|2=Advanced and feature rich GUI front-end for Package Managers. AppSet has the following features:
'''AUR Package:''' https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=48372 <br>
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:* Software sections (games, office, multimedia, internet etc.)
'''Screenshot and source code:''' http://code.google.com/p/pkgbrowser/ <br>
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:* Shows homepages for selected packages in an embedded web browser
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:* Shows distributions news with an embedded feed reader
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:* Upgrades, installs and removes packages
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:* Shows available upgrades with a Tray Icon
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:* Updates database periodically
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:* Informs about dependencies (for example when trying to remove a package needed by others)
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:* Cache clean command (to free disk space)
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:* 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)
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:* Now with AUR support with Packer as backend
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:AppSet needs only QT libs as dependence for installation. It can be used in any desktop environment. Currently only works for Archlinux using pacman.
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:'''Screenshots''' http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=376825
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|3=http://appset.sourceforge.net/|4={{AUR|appset-qt}}}}
  
===Pacinfo===
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* {{App|1=Octopi|2=Powerful Pacman frontend written in Qt. Features include:
Pacinfo is an application to browse the installed packages and show information like screenshot, installed files, installation date and others.
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:* LOW in resource consumption (including memory)
Written in Mono/GTK#
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:* FAST
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:* Supports Arch, ArchBang, Chakra and Manjaro Linux
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:* Supports KDE 4.x, XFCE, LXDE, MATE, Openbox and TDE
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:* Systemtray icon providing notifier support
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:* Pacman sync database, system upgrade and clean cache support
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:* Yaourt support
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:* Install/Re install/Upgrade/Remove selected packages – watching the output of these commands on demand – in a trasaction based abstraction
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:* View the contents of installed packages (including opening and editing its files)
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:* View the description of packages in tooltips, just moving the mouse over them
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:Octopi needs QT4 libs as dependence for installation.
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:'''Screenshots'''  http://octopiproject.wordpress.com/screenshots/
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|3=http://octopiproject.wordpress.com/|4={{AUR|octopi-git}}}}
  
'''AUR Package:''' https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=46065 <br>
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=== Ncurses ===
'''Website:''' http://code.google.com/p/pacinfo/ <br>
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== System Tray Notifiers ==
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* {{App|1=pcurses|2=Package management in a curses frontend, including:
===Archup===
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:* regexp filtering and searching any package property
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.
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:* customizable colorcoding
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:* customizable sorting
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:* external command execution with package list string replacements
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:* user defined macros and hotkeys
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:'''Screenshots''' https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=122749
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|3=https://github.com/schuay/pcurses|4={{AUR|pcurses}}}}
  
*Homepage: [[archup]], http://www.nongnu.org/archup/
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* {{App|1=yaourt-gui|2=Designed for new users who want to start using Arch Linux. Written in Bash, it offers a GUI from terminal to the common tasks of yaourt and pacman.
*AUR Package Details: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=35792
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:'''Screenshots'''  http://sourceforge.net/projects/yaourt-gui/ <br>
*Screenshots: http://www.nongnu.org/archup/, http://developer.berlios.de/dbimage.php?id=4687 , http://developer.berlios.de/dbimage.php?id=4688
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:'''Direct link to source:''' http://sourceforge.net/projects/yaourt-gui/files/yaourt-gui-0.9.tar.gz
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|3='''Web page:'''http://dark-linux.net/yaourt-gui-a-bash-gui-per-yaourt-3/
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|4='''AUR : ''' {{AUR|yaourt-gui}}}}
  
===Aarchup===
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== Pacman/AUR package browser ==
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 https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=119129
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*Homepage: https://github.com/aericson/aarchup/
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* {{App|1=PkgBrowser|2=Application for searching and browsing Arch packages, showing details on selected packages.
*AUR Package Details: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=49100
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:* Search and browse Arch packages including the AUR
*Screenshots: http://i.imgur.com/yTNvg.png
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:* Purely an informational application that cannot be used to install, remove or update packages
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:* By design, is an accessory to CLI package management via pacman
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:* Further details on use via manual accessed from help menu
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:'''Forum page:''' https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117297 <br>
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|3=https://code.google.com/p/pkgbrowser/|4={{AUR|pkgbrowser}}}}
  
===pacman-notifier===
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* {{App|Pacinfo|Application to browse the installed packages and show information like screenshot, installed files, installation date and others. Written in Mono/GTK#
Written in Ruby, uses Gtk. Shows an icon in the system tray and popup notifications (using libnotify) for new packages.
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|https://code.google.com/p/pacinfo/|{{AUR|pacinfo}}}}
  
*Homepage: https://github.com/v01d/pacman-notifier/wiki
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== System tray notifiers ==
*AUR Package Details: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=15193
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*Screenshots: https://github.com/v01d/pacman-notifier/wiki
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===Pacupdate===
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* {{App|1=Aarchup|2=Fork of archup. Has the same options as archup plus a few other features. For differences between both please check [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=119129 changelog].
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.
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:'''Screenshots''': http://i.imgur.com/yTNvg.png
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|3=https://github.com/aericson/aarchup/|4={{AUR|aarchup}}}}
  
*Homepage (out of date): http://code.google.com/p/pacupdate/ '''Do not''' install packages with 'pacman -Sy foo' as [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=89328 it may lead to breakage].
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* {{App|pacman-notifier|Written in Ruby, uses GTK+. Shows an icon in the system tray and popup notifications (using libnotify) for new packages.
*AUR Package Details: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25082
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:'''Screenshots''': https://github.com/v01d/pacman-notifier/wiki
*Screenshots:
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|https://github.com/v01d/pacman-notifier/wiki|{{AUR|pacman-notifier}}}}
  
===Yapan===
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* {{App|Pacupdate|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|https://code.google.com/p/pacupdate/|{{AUR|pacupdate-svn}}}}
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.
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*Homepage: https://bitbucket.org/otsug/yapan/wiki/Home , https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=113078
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* {{App|1=Yapan|2=Written in C++ and Qt. It shows an icon in the system tray and popup notifications for new packages and supports AUR helpers.
*AUR Package Details: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=46213
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:'''Forum page''': https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=113078
*Screenshots: https://bitbucket.org/otsug/yapan/wiki/Home
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|3=http://code.google.com/p/arch-yapan/|4={{AUR|yapan}}}}
  
===ZenMan===
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* {{App|1=ZenMan|2=Pacman frontend (tray update notifier) for GTK+/GNOME/zenity/libnotify.
PacMan frontend (tray update notifier) for GTK/GNOME/zenity/libnotify.
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:'''Screenshots''': http://show.harvie.cz/screenshots/zenman-screenshot-2.png
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|3=https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25948|4={{AUR|zenman}}}}
  
*Homepage:
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* {{App|1=pkgnotify.sh|2=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 dzen2, inotify-tools, package-query and optionally an AUR helper (yaourt by default).
*AUR Package Details: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25948
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:'''Screenshots''': http://andreasbwagner.tumblr.com/post/853471635/arch-linux-update-notifier-for-dzen2
*Screenshots: http://show.harvie.cz/screenshots/zenman-screenshot-2.png
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|3=http://pointfree.net/repo/?r=dzen2_scripts;a=headblob;f=/src/pkgnotify/pkgnotify.sh|4={{AUR?|pkgnotify}}}}
  
===pkgnotify.sh===
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* {{App|1=kalu|2=Small C application that adds an icon in the systray and can show notifications for Arch Linux News, Upgrades, AUR upgrades, and watched (AUR) upgrades (upgrades for packages not installed). Also includes a GUI system upgrader.
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.
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:'''Screenshots''': http://jjacky.com/kalu
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:'''Forum''': https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=135773
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|3=https://github.com/jjk-jacky/kalu|4={{AUR|kalu}}}}
  
*Homepage: http://pointfree.net/repo/?r=dzen2_scripts;a=headblob;f=/src/pkgnotify/pkgnotify.sh
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== Inactive software packages ==
*AUR Package Details:
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*Screenshots: http://andreasbwagner.tumblr.com/post/853471635/arch-linux-update-notifier-for-dzen2
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== Inactive Software Packages ==
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* [http://gtkpacman.berlios.de/ GtkPacman] - GTK+ frontend
*[http://gtkpacman.berlios.de/ GtkPacman]
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* [http://guzuta.berlios.de/ Guzuta] - GTK+ frontend.
*[http://guzuta.berlios.de/ Guzuta]
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* [http://chakra-linux.org/wiki/index.php/Shaman Shaman] - GUI using Pacman’s ''libalpm'' library
*[http://chakra-project.org/wiki/index.php/Shaman Shaman]
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* [http://code.google.com/p/pacmon/ pacmon] - notification GUI.
*[http://opensvn.csie.org/PacmanManager/ PacmanManager]{{Linkrot|2011|09|06}}
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* [https://gna.org/projects/paku/ Paku] - GUI alternative to Pacman.
*[http://code.google.com/p/pacmon/ pacmon]
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* [http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/YAPG+-+Yet+Another+Pacman+Gui+?content=60052 YAPG].
*[https://gna.org/projects/paku/ Paku]
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*[http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/YAPG+-+Yet+Another+Pacman+Gui+?content=60052 YAPG]
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*[http://sourceforge.net/projects/zenitypacgui/ zenity_pacgui]
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Revision as of 01:49, 11 July 2013

This is a list of frontends for the pacman CLI tool. The list includes full featured GUI frontends, informational tools, and a variety of system tray notifiers. The list also includes categories for GTK2 based and Qt based software.

Warning: None of these tools are officially supported by Arch Linux/Pacman developers.

Pacman frontends

X11

  • PacmanXG4 — GUI front-end for pacman. Depends neither GTK+ nor Qt, just X11. 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
  • Find out which package a specific file belongs to (include file with pkgfile utility)
  • yaourt support
Screenshots http://almin-soft.fsay.net/index.php?pacmanxg/4x-hide/pacmanxg-4x-screenshots
Direct link to binary: http://almin-soft.fsay.net/data/files/pacmanxg/download.php?get=pacmanXG4.tar.bz2
Web page: http://translate.google.com.hk/translate?act=url&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://almin-soft.fsay.net/index.php?pacmanxg/4x-series (en) || AUR : pacmanxg4-binAUR
  • PacmanExpress — GUI front-end for pacman. Depends neither GTK+ nor Qt, just X11. This graphical tool is a lightweight version of PacmanXG
  • Interface "all in one box"
  • No query. Install/remove packages takes place immediately.
  • Ability to run multiple operations/remove packages (be careful!)
  • yaourt support
Direct link to binary: http://almin-soft.fsay.net/data/files/pacmanxg/download.php?get=pacmanexpress.tar.bz2
Web page: http://translate.google.com.hk/translate?act=url&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://almin-soft.fsay.net/index.php?pacmanxg/pacman-express(en) || AUR : pacmanexpressAUR

GNOME/GTK+

  • Wakka — 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.
Screenshots: http://mibloglinux.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/wakka-interfaz-grafica-para-pacman/
https://code.google.com/p/wakka-package-manager/ ||
Warning: Wakka is currently incompatible with Pacman 4.
  • GNOME PackageKit — Distribution-agnostic collection of utilities for managing packages. Using the alpm backend, 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 DConf key org.gnome.packagekit.enable-autoremove.
Tip: If you do not wish to install PulseAudio, you can install gnome-settings-daemon-nopulseAUR from the AUR.
http://packagekit.org/ || gnome-packagekit
  • zenity_pacgui — Zenity GUI for Pacman.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/zenitypacgui/ || zenity_pacguiAUR

KDE/Qt

  • KPackageKit/Apper — GUI frontend for PackageKit. Pacman integration is accomplished via the packagekit, which gained upstream support for pacman. 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).
Screenshots: http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Apper?content=84745
http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Apper?content=84745 || apper
  • AppSet — 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.
Screenshots http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=376825
http://appset.sourceforge.net/ || appset-qtAUR
  • Octopi — Powerful Pacman frontend written in Qt. Features include:
  • LOW in resource consumption (including memory)
  • FAST
  • Supports Arch, ArchBang, Chakra and Manjaro Linux
  • Supports KDE 4.x, XFCE, LXDE, MATE, Openbox and TDE
  • Systemtray icon providing notifier support
  • Pacman sync database, system upgrade and clean cache support
  • Yaourt support
  • Install/Re install/Upgrade/Remove selected packages – watching the output of these commands on demand – in a trasaction based abstraction
  • View the contents of installed packages (including opening and editing its files)
  • View the description of packages in tooltips, just moving the mouse over them
Octopi needs QT4 libs as dependence for installation.
Screenshots http://octopiproject.wordpress.com/screenshots/
http://octopiproject.wordpress.com/ || octopi-gitAUR

Ncurses

  • pcurses — 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
Screenshots https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=122749
https://github.com/schuay/pcurses || pcursesAUR
  • yaourt-gui — Designed for new users who want to start using Arch Linux. Written in Bash, it offers a GUI from terminal to the common tasks of yaourt and pacman.
Screenshots http://sourceforge.net/projects/yaourt-gui/
Direct link to source: http://sourceforge.net/projects/yaourt-gui/files/yaourt-gui-0.9.tar.gz
Web page:http://dark-linux.net/yaourt-gui-a-bash-gui-per-yaourt-3/ || AUR : yaourt-guiAUR

Pacman/AUR package browser

  • PkgBrowser — 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
Forum page: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117297
https://code.google.com/p/pkgbrowser/ || pkgbrowserAUR
  • Pacinfo — Application to browse the installed packages and show information like screenshot, installed files, installation date and others. Written in Mono/GTK#
https://code.google.com/p/pacinfo/ || pacinfoAUR

System tray notifiers

  • Aarchup — Fork of archup. Has the same options as archup plus a few other features. For differences between both please check changelog.
Screenshots: http://i.imgur.com/yTNvg.png
https://github.com/aericson/aarchup/ || aarchupAUR
  • pacman-notifier — Written in Ruby, uses GTK+. Shows an icon in the system tray and popup notifications (using libnotify) for new packages.
Screenshots: https://github.com/v01d/pacman-notifier/wiki
https://github.com/v01d/pacman-notifier/wiki || pacman-notifierAUR
  • Pacupdate — 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
https://code.google.com/p/pacupdate/ || pacupdate-svnAUR
  • Yapan — Written in C++ and Qt. It shows an icon in the system tray and popup notifications for new packages and supports AUR helpers.
Forum page: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=113078
http://code.google.com/p/arch-yapan/ || yapanAUR
  • ZenMan — Pacman frontend (tray update notifier) for GTK+/GNOME/zenity/libnotify.
Screenshots: http://show.harvie.cz/screenshots/zenman-screenshot-2.png
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25948 || zenmanAUR
  • pkgnotify.sh — 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 dzen2, inotify-tools, package-query and optionally an AUR helper (yaourt by default).
Screenshots: http://andreasbwagner.tumblr.com/post/853471635/arch-linux-update-notifier-for-dzen2
http://pointfree.net/repo/?r=dzen2_scripts;a=headblob;f=/src/pkgnotify/pkgnotify.sh || not packaged? search in AUR
  • kalu — Small C application that adds an icon in the systray and can show notifications for Arch Linux News, Upgrades, AUR upgrades, and watched (AUR) upgrades (upgrades for packages not installed). Also includes a GUI system upgrader.
Screenshots: http://jjacky.com/kalu
Forum: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=135773
https://github.com/jjk-jacky/kalu || kaluAUR

Inactive software packages