Hello Arch Linux enthusiasts!. In this guide, I’ll show you how to use yay – Best AUR Helper for Arch Linux to manage packages on AUR. Arch Linux is one of those operating systems that once you get used to, you just can’t go back. I had written a review on Arch Linux, why you should consider using it: Best Linux Distributions – Arch Linux complete review.
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Arch Linux provides two ways from which you can install and update packages on your system:
- From official Arch Linux repositories – using
- From AUR ( Arch User Repository) – using AUR helper tools like
What is Arch User Repository ( AUR)
AUR is a community-driven repository for Arch users, different from ABS mentioned earlier. AUR was created with an intention of making the process of sharing community packages easier and organized. It contains package descriptions (PKGBUILDs) that allow you to compile a package from source with makepkg and then install it via pacman.
What is yay?
Yay is Arch Linux AUR helper tool written in Go. It helps you to install packages from PKGBUILDs in an automated way. yay has an AUR Tab completion with advanced dependency solving. It is based on the design of yaourt, apacman, and pacaur but also realizing the following objectives:
- Have almost no dependencies.
- Provide an interface for pacman.
- Have yaourt like search.
- Minimize user input
- Know when git packages are due for an upgrade.
Installing yay on Arch Linux
You can install yay on Arch Linux using a different AUR helper or by building the package from source. Suppose you have yaourt installed, you can install yay from it by running the command:
--- With Pacman --- $ sudo pacman -S yay --- With yaourt --- $ yaourt -S yay
To build the package from PKGBUILD, use below commands:
sudo pacman -S --needed git base-devel git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git cd yay makepkg -si
This will install go on your system and build
yay package from downloaded repo files.
Using yay on Arch Linux / Manjaro
When yay has been installed, it should be ready for use. Note that you don’t need sudo privileges to use.
yay. Most yay flags are pacman standard ones. See examples below for basic usage of yay.
Example 1: Install package using yay
Use the option
-S to install a package from AUR using yay.
$ yay -S package
Example 2: Remove package using yay
To remove a package, use
$ yay -Rns package
Example 3: Launch a package selection menu
$ yay <Search Term>
Example 4: Upgrade installed packages using yay
To upgrade all installed packages, use the options :
$ yay -Syu
See screenshot below.
To include development packages, use:
$ yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate
Example 5: Cleans unneeded dependencies using yay
Use the options to remove all unneeded dependencies on your system:
$ yay -Yc
Example 6: Prints system statistics using yay
To print system stats, use
$ yay -Ps
Example 7: Generates development package DB used for devel updates
Use the commands:
$ yay -Y --gendb
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