AUR helpers automate certain usage of the Arch User Repository. Most AUR helpers can search for packages in the AUR and retrieve their PKGBUILDs – others additionally assist with the build and install process.
Pacman only handles updates for pre-built packages in its repositories. AUR packages are redistributed in form of PKGBUILDs and need an AUR helper to automate the re-build process. However, keep in mind that a rebuild of package may be required when its shared library dependencies are updated, not only when the package itself is updated.
Since AUR helpers are unsupported, they are not present in the official repositories.
Explanations for common features found in AUR helpers:
- File review
- 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.
- Diff view
- Ability to view package differences on inspection. Besides the PKGBUILD, this includes changes to files such as
- Git clone
- Uses by default to retrieve build files from the AUR.
- 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
- 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.
- Clean build
- Does not export new variables that can prevent a successful build process.
- Batch inspection
- Prompts for inspection of package files or their differences before the build process.
- Upgrade summary
- When used as replacement for pacman, prints summary of package upgrades before the build process.
- Handle conflicts
- When used as replacement for pacman, can solve conflicts between packages before the build process.
- Shell completion
- Tab completion is available for the listed shells.
Search and download
- auracle — Written in C++. Features: file review, git clone, reliable parser, reliable solver, bash completion, print build order.
- cower — Written in C. Discontinued. Features: file review, reliable parser, bash/zsh completion, regex support, sort by votes/popularity. No git clone support.
- pbget — Written in Python. Features: file review, git clone, reliable parser, ABS support.
- repoctl — Local repository manager written in Go. Features: file review, reliable parser, zsh completion. No git clone support.
- yaah — Written in Bash. Features: file review, reliable parser, bash completion. Optional git clone.
Download and build
- aurutils — Written in Bash/C. Features: file review, diff view, git clone, reliable parser, reliable solver, split packages, clean build, batch inspection, zsh completion, vifm, local repository, package signing, clean chroot support, sort by votes/popularity.
- bauerbill — Written in Python. Features: file review, git clone, reliable parser, reliable solver, split packages, clean build, batch inspection, bash/zsh completion, trust management, ABS support. Extends powerpill, use
bb-wrapperfor pacman wrapping. No diff view support.
- rua — Written in Rust. Features: file review, git clone, reliable parser, reliable solver, split packages, clean build, batch inspection, bash/fish/zsh completion, tar artifact inspections (SUID, install file etc), isolated build, offline build. No diff view support.
- https://github.com/vn971/rua || AUR
- PKGBUILDer — Written in Python. Features: git clone, reliable parser, reliable solver, clean build, multilingual. File review and batch inspection is optional. Automatic builds by default, use
-Fto disable. Use
pb-wrapperfor pacman wrapping. Partial support for split packages. No diff view support.
|Name||Written in||File review||Diff view||Git clone||Reliable parser||Reliable solver||Split packages||Clean build||Batch interaction||Shell completion||Specificity|
|AUR||Bash||Optional||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||1*||–||automatic builds by default, use |
|Python||Optional||No||Yes||Yes||Partial||Partial||Yes||1*||bash||automatic builds by default, use |
|Bash||Optional||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||–||bash, zsh||sort by votes|
|Python/C||Optional||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||–||–||wrapper for cower|
|Name||Written in||File review||Diff view||Git clone||Reliable parser||Reliable solver||Split packages||Clean build||Unsafe flags||Batch interaction||Shell completion||Specificity|
|AUR||Nim||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||-Sy||1||bash, zsh||ABS support, AUR comments, fetch PGP keys|
|AUR||Python||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||-Sy||1, 2, 3||bash, fish, zsh||dynamic users, multilingual, sort by votes/popularity, print news, ignore errors|
|1, 2*, 3*||bash, fish, zsh||fetch PGP keys, sort by votes/popularity, prompt architecture|
|AUR||Perl||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Partial||Yes||-Ud*||1*||bash, fish, zsh||automatic builds by default, use |
|AUR||Haskell||Optional||Partial||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||–||1*||bash, zsh||automatic builds by default, use |
(no user support)
|1, 2*, 3*||bash, fish||fetch PGP keys, sort by votes/popularity, print news|
|1, 3||bash, zsh||multilingual, sort by votes/popularity|
|Bash||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||–||–||–||mirror updates, print news and AUR comments|
|Bash/C||No||Optional||Optional||No||No||No||No||-Sy||2||bash, fish, zsh||ABS support, print AUR comments, multilingual|
- Argon — GTK+ 3 pacman wrapper written in Python.
- Cylon — TUI pacman wrapper written in Bash.
- Pamac — Standalone GTK+ 3 package manager using written in Vala.
- Pakku GUI — GTK+ 3 frontend for pakku written in Python.
- PkgBrowser — Qt 5 read-only browser for repository packages and AUR written in Python.
- Octopi — Qt 5 pacman wrapper written in C++. May lead to defective system as enabled on install notifier service regularly performs partial upgrades.
- aur.rs — Rust library for accessing Aurweb RPC interface
- haskell-aur — Haskell library for accessing Aurweb RPC interface.
- python3-aur — Python 3 modules and helper utilities for accessing AUR package information and automating AUR interactions.
- package-query — Tool for querying and the AUR.
- aur-out-of-date — Uses hoster APIs to check AUR packages for upstream changes.
- aurpublish — Helper script to manage and upload AUR packages using . Uses to verify the PKGBUILD integrity, generate .SRCINFO automatically, and create a commit message template.
- pkgbuild-watch — Looks for changes on the upstream web pages.
- pkgbuildup — Helps AUR package maintainers automatically update PKGBUILD files. Supports a template variable syntax.
- 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.