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Activating the AUR and building packages with Pamac

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Before you activate the AUR you need to make sure you are familiar with the package build process as you need to audit packages and might need to also adjust them before building.

  1. Most packages work out of the box with manjaro but they might not as they are made for upstream Arch.
  2. You also need to make sure you know how to debug the software you are building in case some issue arises.
  3. If the software exists in Arch upstream but it does not exist in manjaro repositories then you SHOULD NOT install it from the AUR as that means that there is some incompatibility and that is why it is not available.
  4. You might also need to maintain those packages as it is not guaranteed that the author will keep on doing so.

Building and installing from the AUR is officially supported by manjaro as it is a very powerful tool, what is not supported is the quality of the packages and if they will harm your system or not or will even build, that is up for the person building them to determinate if they are suitable for their system as manjaro as no control over their contents or how are they packaged.

If you don't have any Arch or Manjaro packaging skills then your best bet is to use Flatpak or Snap instead.

Launch Pamac and go to preferences -> third party, toggle the AUR button and chose check for updates if you desire that AUR packages auto-update with the rest of system, congratulations you can now search build and install packages from the AUR.