How to Install Yay AUR Helper on Arch Linux
What is Yay?
Yay stands for “Yet Another Yaourt,” an AUR helper and package manager for Arch Linux and its derivatives. It’s a command-line tool written in the Go language. Here are some key points about
yay: Keep in mind that
yay is not available in the official Arch repository, so you need to build it from the git repo.
What is the AUR?
The AUR is a community-driven repository for Arch Linux users. It contains package descriptions (PKGBUILDs) that allow users to compile a package from source and install it on their systems. Essentially a massive repository of applications that have been added by the community to make our lives easier.
How to Install Yay
yay (Yet Another Yaourt), an AUR (Arch User Repository) helper on Arch Linux, you can follow these steps.
- Update Your System:
Before starting, it’s a good practice to update your system. You can do this with the following command:
sudo pacman -Syu
- Install the Required Dependencies:
ay is written in the Go language, so you need to install
go and other necessary dependencies. These packages include essential tools for building applications source.
sudo pacman -S --needed base-devel git go base-devel
- Clone the
yay Git Repository
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git
- Build and Install
Change into the cloned directory and build the package:
- Verify the Installation:
After the installation is complete, you can verify it by checking the version of
yay is installed, you can use it to install packages from the AUR or the official repositories. For example, to install a package from the AUR, you can use:
yay -S name-of-package
Remember, building packages from the AUR can be potentially risky as they are user-produced content. Always check the PKGBUILD and any other relevant files before building and installing AUR packages.