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pkgfile is a tool that tells you which package owns a specified file or which files a given package provides.

You can install pkgfile from the official repositories, or pkgfile-gitAUR from the Arch User Repository.

# pacman -S pkgfile

Then update the file database, as root:

# pkgfile --update


$ pkgfile makepkg     #Search for a package that contains a file named 'makepkg'.
core/pacman           #Your searched file is in the 'pacman' package in the [core] repository.

Another example:

$ pkgfile --list core/archlinux-keyring    #List all files provided by the 'archlinux-keyring' package in the [core] repository.
core/archlinux-keyring usr/
core/archlinux-keyring usr/share/
core/archlinux-keyring usr/share/pacman/
core/archlinux-keyring usr/share/pacman/keyrings/
core/archlinux-keyring usr/share/pacman/keyrings/archlinux-revoked
core/archlinux-keyring usr/share/pacman/keyrings/archlinux-trusted
core/archlinux-keyring usr/share/pacman/keyrings/archlinux.gpg

"Command not found" hook

pkgfile includes a "command not found" hook that will automatically search the official repositories, if you enter an unrecognized command.

To enable it in all children shells, you need to source the hook from one of your shell initialization files.

source /usr/share/doc/pkgfile/command-not-found.bash
  • Example for Zsh:
source /usr/share/doc/pkgfile/command-not-found.zsh