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Trizen – A Lightweight AUR Package Manager For Arch-based Systems

By sk
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Pacaur is unmaintained and the developer stepped back for unknown reason. Pacaur still works, however the Arch developers are suggesting to use another AUR package helper programs. I have already tried a few AUR helpers such as Packer, Yay, and Yaourt. Today we will see yet another AUR helper that I just came across. Say hello to Trizen, a lightweight AUR package manager written in Perl.

Just like every other AUR helper, Trizen ships with the following features.

  • Installation of packages from the AUR.
  • Search support for AUR packages.
  • Reading AUR comments for packages.
  • Upgrade support for AUR packages.
  • Recursive resolver of AUR dependencies.
  • Built-in interaction with 'pacman'.
  • Edit support for text files.
  • Input/output UTF-8 support.
  • And more yet to come.

Install Trizen On Arch Linux

Trizen itself is available in AUR, so you can install it using any AUR helpers mentioned above. For instance, to install Trizen using Yay, just run:

$ yay -S trizen

Replace Yay with your current AUR helper program.

Alternatively, you can compile and install it from source using the following commands.

$ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git
$ cd trizen
$ sudo makepkg -si


The typical usage of Trizen is:

$ trizen [options] [pkgname] [pkgname] [...]

Here are few examples to get the basic idea to use Trizen.

To install a package, for example xdman, use:

$ trizen -S xdman

To search for a package:

$ trizen -Ss xdman
aur/xdman 2018.7.0.3-1 [installed: 2016.6.2-1] [out-of-date] [23+] [1.2%] [30 Dec 2017]
 Xtreme Download Manager is a powerful tool to increase download speed up-to 500%, save videos from video sharing sites and integration with ANY browser

To get the information about an installed package:

$ trizen -Si xdman
Repository : AUR
Name : xdman
Version : 2018.7.0.3-1
Maintainer : boosterdev
URL : http://xdman.sourceforge.net/
AUR URL : https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=473725
License : GPL
Votes : 23
Popularity : 1.2%
Installed : Yes
Out Of Date : Yes
Depends On : java-runtime
Make Deps : p7zip
Check Deps : None
Optional Deps : None
Provides : None
Conflicts With : None
Replaces : None
Package Base : xdman
Last Update : Sat Dec 30 02:45:58 2017
Description : Xtreme Download Manager is a powerful tool to increase download speed up-to 500%, save videos from video sharing sites and integration with ANY browser.

To display AUR comments for a particular package:

$ trizen -C xdman

To find who is the maintainer of a package:

$ trizen -Sm xdman

To remove a package:

$ trizen -R xdman

To refresh the package database:

$ trizen -y

To update an installed package:

$ trizen -u xdman

To clone a package in the current working directory:

$ trizen -G xdman

To clone a package along with its AUR dependencies :

$ trizen -Gd xdman

To display the help information for a particular option, for example -S, run:

$ trizen -Sh

To view complete help, run:

$ trizen

You can also run 'trizen' without any arguments to display the general usage and list of available options.


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Aaron December 10, 2018 - 3:03 pm

I have been using trizen for quite a while and this is the only source so far saying it’s outdated. Do you have any source for that?

sk December 10, 2018 - 3:42 pm

A few months ago, Trizen is flagged as “Discontinued or problematic” under AUR helpers – ArchWiki. Looks likes the developers fixed it now. I will update this guide soon. There was a discussion about trizen on Reddit here ->> https://www.reddit.com/r/archlinux/comments/8tx1i0/why_does_the_arch_wiki_list_trizen_as_problematic/

Aaron December 11, 2018 - 3:05 pm

Ok, thanks for the information!


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