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This is just a quick personal cheat sheet: treat its contents with caution!

Arch User Repository

The AUR, is a major part of the Arch Linux ecosystem. It’s a community driven repository for the Arch Linux system that hosts a number of packages outside the official Arch Linux package database.


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Update your system and install the needed packages:

# pacman -Syu
# pacman -S git base-devel

Create a dedicated AUR directory:

$ mkdir -p ~/apps/aur-apps



  • Install an AUR package:
    $ cd ~/apps/aur-apps
    $ git clone<package-name>.git
    $ cd <package-name>
    $ makepkg -si # --syncdeps to auto-install deps, --install to install after building
  • Uninstall an AUR package and it's dependencies (which are not required by any other installed package):

    # pacman -Rs <package-name>

  • Update an AUR package:

    $ cd ~/apps/aur-apps/<package-name>
    $ git pull
    $ makepkg -si # --syncdeps to auto-install deps, --install to install after building

With yay

Yay is an AUR helper (written in Go): see


  • when using $ makepkg, if the following error appears: ==> ERROR: One or more PGP signatures could not be verified!, then you can run it again like this: $ makepkg --skippgpcheck

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