How to Enable Arch User Repository (AUR) in Manjaro Linux

The Linux operating system is associated with various distributions whose design and development footprints are focused on meeting different user requirements. One such distribution is Manjaro Linux.

Since it is based on the Arch Linux operating system, this free and open-source Linux distribution prioritizes accessibility and user-friendliness as its major design parameters. The Pacman package manager and its rolling release update model are also key identifiers of Manjaro Linux.

Why Consider Manjaro Linux?

Once you consider adopting Manjaro Linux as your preferred or alternative Linux operating system distribution, you won’t have to entertain or deal with adverts, licenses, and fees like in other operating system environments. Everything here is served on a free silver platter. Manjaro gives its users full control of their computer hardware hence an important feature for users who value privacy.

As for the primary usage of the Manjaro Linux distribution, users interested in or passionate about the development, gaming, and 3D aspect of computing can comfortably meet their projects’ objectives under this Linux distribution.

Also, Manjaro is perfect for home and/or office projects since its installation is supported on boards, tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktops.

The features that make Manjaro Linux standout include the following:

  • It is easy to install.
  • Manjaro is lightning fast.
  • It has default OS security features hence no need for further configurations.
  • Associated with a rolling release.
  • No drivers, plug, and play.
  • Wide range of software.

Arch User Repository (AUR)

The term Arch User Repository is very common, especially for users familiar with the Arch Linux distribution. If you are new to Manjaro Linux or still learning its ropes, at some point, you might have tried to install an application package with no success and then got advised to install it from AUR.

AUR is an Arch-based Linux distribution community-driven repository. The package descriptions under the Arch User Repository are named PKGBUILDs.

This naming convention informs us that the availed packages can be user-compiled from the source via the makepkg tool. After the package compilation process completes successfully, the target package is now ready for installation via the Pacman package manager.

The purpose of AUR is to organize and share community-based new packages. Also, if these packages reach a certain popularity quotient, AUR accelerates their inclusion in the Manjaro community repository for its users to easily access them.

AUR is the start point of seeking entrance into the official repositories. Package builds (PKGBUILDS) in AUR can be user-contributed. AUR packages are voted for by the AUR community and the one with the most popular votes (provided it adheres to a standard packaging technique and is associated with a compatibility license) can be directly accessed by Pacman after its entry into the community repository.

Enabling AUR in Manjaro Linux

Trace Add/Remove Software from the Show Applications search bar and click on it.

Manjaro Add Remove Software
Manjaro Add Remove Software

Click on the resulting three-dotted menu and select Preferences.

Choose Preferences
Choose Preferences

Click on the Third-Party menu item.

Choose Third-Party Option
Choose Third-Party Option

Enable AUR Support in Majaro Linux.

Enable AUR in Manjaro Linux
Enable AUR in Manjaro Linux

You should be good to go.

AUR Support in Manjaro Linux
AUR Support in Manjaro Linux

You should now be able to access community-based packages from your Manjaro Linux distribution.

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  1. My system does not show AUR under the ‘Third Party‘ tab, nor does it have an ‘Advanced Tab” Any ideas?

    Operating System: Manjaro Linux
    KDE Plasma Version: 5.26.3
    KDE Frameworks Version: 5.99.0
    Qt Version: 5.15.7
    Kernel Version: 5.18.19-3-MANJARO
    OS Type: 64-bit
    Processors: 4 × Intel® Core™ i5-2500 CPU @ 3.30GHz
    Memory: 15.5 GiB of RAM

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