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AUR helper with minimal dependencies. Review PKGBUILDs all in once, next build them all without user interaction.

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AUR helper with minimal dependencies. Review PKGBUILDs all in once, next build them all without user interaction.

Inspired by pacaur, yaourt and yay.

Instead of trying to be smarter than pacman (by using --nodeps, --force, --ask, --noconfirm and so) it just interactively tells pacman what to do. If pacman asks some unexpected question, the user will be just able to answer it manually.

Notable features:

  • build local PKGBUILDs with AUR deps (-P/--pkgbuild)
  • retrieve PKGBUILDs from AUR and ABS (-G/--getpkgbuild)
  • interactively handle common build problems (like untrusted GPG key or checksum mismatch, wrong architecture)
  • using systemd dynamic users if building packages as root user
  • show unread Arch news before sysupgrade
  • [m]anual package selection in install prompt using text editor (ignore unwanted updates or select package provider)
  • show AUR package diff and review PKGBUILD and .install files
  • upgrade -git, -svn and other dev packages
  • AUR package names in shell completion (bash, fish, zsh)

The following pacman operations are extended with AUR capabilities:

  • -S (build AUR packages, --needed, --ignore and --noconfirm are supported as in pacman, other args are just bypassed to it)
  • -Sw (build AUR packages but don't install)
  • -Ss (search or list all AUR packages, -q also supported)
  • -Si (package info)
  • -Su / -Syu (sysupgrade)
  • -Sc / -Scc (build dir/built packages cache clean)
  • -Qu (query upgradeable, -q supported)

Also see pikaur -Sh, -Qh, -Ph and -Gh for pikaur-specific flags.

Pikaur wraps all the pacman options accurately except for -Syu which is being splitted into -Sy (to refresh package list first) and -Su (to install upgrades after user confirmed the package list or altered it via [M]anual package selection).


sudo pacman -S --needed base-devel git
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/pikaur.git
cd pikaur
makepkg -fsri



Run without installation

git clone https://github.com/actionless/pikaur.git
cd pikaur
python3 ./pikaur.py -S AUR_PACKAGE_NAME




DevelPkgsExpiration (default: -1)

When doing sysupgrade, count all devel (-git, -svn, -bzr, -hg, -cvs) packages older than N days as being upgradeable. -1 disables this. 0 means always upgrade. Passing --devel argument will override this option to 0.

AlwaysShowPkgOrigin (default: no)

When installing new packages, show their repository name, even if they are coming from one of the official Arch Linux repositories.

UpgradeSorting (default: versiondiff)

When upgrading packages, sort them by versiondiff, pkgname or repo.


KeepBuildDir (default: no)

Don't remove ~/.cache/pikaur/build/${PACKAGE_NAME} directory between the builds. Will be overriden by -k/--keepbuild flag.

KeepDevBuildDir (default: yes)

When building dev packages (-git, -svn, etc), don't remove ~/.cache/pikaur/build/${PACKAGE_NAME} directory between the builds. No value will be overriden by KeepBuildDir option and -k/--keepbuild flag.

SkipFailedBuild (default: no)

Always skip the build if it fails and don't show recovery prompt.

DontEditByDefault (default: no)

Always default to no when prompting to edit PKGBUILD and install files.

NoEdit (default: no)

Don't prompt to edit PKGBUILD and install files. Will be overriden by --noedit and --edit flags.

NoDiff (default: no)

Don't prompt to show the build files diff. Will be overriden by --nodiff flag.

GitDiffArgs (default: --ignore-space-change,--ignore-all-space)

Flags to be passed to git diff command when reviewing build files. Should be separated by commas (,).

AlwaysUseDynamicUsers (default: no)

Always isolate the build using systemd dynamic users. Will be overriden by --dynamic-users flag.


Terminal colors, from 0 to 15:

Version (default: 10)
VersionDiffOld (default: 11)
VersionDiffNew (default: 9)


RequireEnterConfirm (default: yes)

Require enter key to be pressed when answering questions.

DiffPager (default: auto)

Wherever to use less pager when viewing AUR packages diff. Choices are always, auto or never.

PrintCommands (default: no)

Print each command which pikaur is currently spawning.


SudoLoopInterval (default: 59)

Interval in seconds in which sudo command will be spawned in the background to avoid asking for sudo password more than once (-1 to disable sudo loop at all).

PacmanPath (default: pacman)

Path to pacman executable.


├── build/  # build directory (removed after successfull build)
├── pkg/  # built packages directory
~/.config/pikaur.conf  # config file
└── aur_repos/  # keep aur repos there; show diff when updating
    └── last_installed.txt  # aur repo hash of last successfully installed package


How to upgrade all the dev (-git) packages at once?

pikaur -Sua --devel --needed

(--needed option will make sure what the same package version won't be rebuilt again and -a/--aur will ensure what only AUR packages will be upgraded)

How to override default source directory, build directory or built package destination?

Set SRCDEST, BUILDDIR or PKGDEST accordingly in makepkg.conf.

For more info see makepkg documentation.

Hot to clean old or uninstalled AUR packages in ~/.cache/pikaur/pkg?

This can be achieved using a pacman-hook (paccache-clear.hook). For both official and AUR packages, the last 3 packages are kept if the package is still installed, and one package is kept if the package is uninstalled.

Exec = /usr/bin/env bash -c "/usr/bin/paccache -vrk3; /usr/bin/paccache -vruk1; /usr/bin/paccache --cachedir PATH/TO/.cache/pikaur/pkg/ -vrk3; /usr/bin/paccache --cachedir PATH/TO/.cache/pikaur/pkg/ -vruk1"

Change the numbers, and you are good to go.

How to see upgrade list without syncing the database? (like "checkupdates" tool from pacman)

Actually use checkupdates tool to check the repo updates and use pikaur only for AUR (-a/--aur switch):

checkupdates && pikaur -Qua 2>/dev/null
Pikaur slow when running it as root user (or via sudo)

If you find the command takes a long time to initialize, make sure to periodically clear your cache: pikaur -Scc. Root pikaur is using SystemD Dynamic Users to isolate build process from the root, and it takes some time to change the owner of build cache to dynamic temporary user.



You can start from this list of issues. Grep-ing @TODO comments also useful if you're itching to write something.


To start working on a new language, say 'it' (Italian), add it to the Makefile LANGS variable and run make. Then translate locale/it.po using your favorite PO editor. Run make every time the Python code strings change or the .po is modified.


After updating readme, please install ruby-ronn and run make man.


To see the list of authors, use this command inside pikaur git repository directory:

git log --pretty=tformat:"%an <%ae>" | sort -u

Special thanks

@AladW (aurutils), @morganamilo (yay) and all the other issue contributors for helping in triaging the bugs and clearing up feature requirements.


AUR helper with minimal dependencies. Review PKGBUILDs all in once, next build them all without user interaction.

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