Howdy Arch Linux users! I've got an exciting news for you all. Today, I have stumbled upon an useful Android app that helps you to browse the AUR from your Android devices. As you may already know, AUR (Arch User Repository) is the largest community-driven repository for Arch Linux users. AUR contains plethora of packages which are not available in the Arch Linux official repository. You can use AUR helpers such as Yay or Yaourt or Packer to install packages from the AUR. Now, the good part is a fellow Arch User and developer Rascarlo has created an Android app called "AURdroid", which allows you to browse the AUR from your mobile phone, tablets or any devices which are powered by Android OS. AURdroid app is completely free and has no ads!
AURdroid - An Android App To Browse Arch User Repository(AUR)
Go to the Google play store, and install it on your Android devices.
It is also available on F-Droid.
Once installed, open AURdroid. The default interface will look like below at the first launch.
As you see in the above screenshot, AURdroid opens with night mode by default. You can change the mode by clicking on the three vertical dots on the top right corner.
This is how AURdroid looked like after I selected the auto mode.
Search AUR packages
AURdroid allows you to search packages by,
- Name of the package,
- Name of the package and description,
- Name of the package maintainer.
Now, let me search a package by its name. To search a package, type its name in the Search box on the top right corner.
When you search a package, it will display all possible results based on the search keyword.
To view the details of a particular package, just tap on it. The following screenshot shows you the details of Spotify package from the AUR in my Android device.
As you see in the above screenshot, AURdroid lists the package's details such as, name, description, votes, popularity, last updated date, first submitted date, maintainer's name, license, upstream URL, and its dependencies etc.
You can also view this details on your web browser too. Click on the three vertical dots on the top right corner and tap on "Open in browser" option from the drop-down list.
Next, choose the web browser of your choice to view the AUR package details.
As far as I tested AURdroid in my Android device, it worked pretty good and served the purpose very well. Hope this will be useful for you too.