Getting Started with AUR

(Archlinux User Repository)

First, make sure sudo is installed and configured:

# pacman -S sudo

Edit the sudoers file:

# visudo

and un-comment this line:

%wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL

Next we need to install base-devel:

pacman -S --needed base-devel

You’re more than likely on a 64 bit system and some applications will need multilib enabled so do it now:

Uncomment the [multilib] section in /etc/pacman.conf (Please be sure to uncomment both lines):

Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

Then upgrade the system.
# pacman -Syu

So now you should be good to go for installing applications for AUR. I’ll walk you though the process. We will use spacefm as an example:

Download the “Snapshot” from
(“Download snapshot” is near the top o the right and is a clickable link.)

It will probably end up in Downloads, right? So open a terminal and:
cd Downloads
tar xvf spacefm.tar.gz
cd spacefm/
makepkg -sri

Just follow the prompts, it will install the package spacefm and any dependencies it needs, (eventually, you will be asked to supply your user’s password – the commands for installing AUR packages are executed as user, as long as sudo is installed and cofigured properly the package will be installed.)