Arch linux yay aur helper with personal improvements
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Yay Improved

My custom modifications to the well known AUR helper and pacman wrapper yay. It's not my AUR helper, I just changed and added stuff I thought they should be changed and added.
I try to keep this up to date with official yay versions.


  • Merged and adjusted PR #1271
  • Merged PR #1262
  • Improve output
  • Show more informations of AUR packages before installing/upgrading
    • Languages used
    • Sources used


yay yay-bin yay-git AUR votes GitHub license


There's a point in everyone's life when you feel the need to write an AUR helper because there are only about 20 of them. So say hi to 20+1.

Yayim is based on yay


  • Perform advanced dependency solving
  • Download PKGBUILDs from ABS or AUR
  • Tab-complete the AUR
  • Query user up-front for all input (prior to starting builds)
  • Narrow search terms (yay linux header will first search linux and then narrow on header)
  • Find matching package providers during search and allow selection
  • Remove make dependencies at the end of the build process
  • Run without sourcing PKGBUILD


If you are migrating from another AUR helper, you can simply install Yay with that helper.

Alternatively, the initial installation of Yay can be done by cloning the PKGBUILD and building with makepkg:

Before you begin, make sure you have the base-devel package group installed.

git clone
cd yay
makepkg -si


All support related to Yay should be requested via GitHub issues. Since Yay is not officially supported by Arch Linux, support should not be sought out on the forums, AUR comments or other official channels.

A broken AUR package should be reported as a comment on the package's AUR page. A package may only be considered broken if it fails to build with makepkg. Reports should be made using makepkg and include the full output as well as any other relevant information. Never make reports using Yay or any other external tools.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yay does not display colored output. How do I fix it?

Make sure you have the Color option in your /etc/pacman.conf (see issue #123).

Yay is not prompting to skip packages during system upgrade.

The default behavior was changed after v8.918 (see 3bdb534 and issue #554). To restore the package-skip behavior use --combinedupgrade (make it permanent by appending --save). Note: skipping packages will leave your system in a partially-upgraded state.

Sometimes diffs are printed to the terminal, and other times they are paged via less. How do I fix this?

Yay uses git diff to display diffs, which by default tells less not to page if the output can fit into one terminal length. This behavior can be overridden by exporting your own flags (export LESS=SRX).

Yay is not asking me to edit PKGBUILDS, and I don't like the diff menu! What can I do?

yay --editmenu --nodiffmenu --save

How can I tell Yay to act only on AUR packages, or only on repo packages?

yay -{OPERATION} --aur yay -{OPERATION} --repo

An Out Of Date AUR Packages message is displayed. Why doesn't Yay update them?

This message does not mean that updated AUR packages are available. It means the packages have been flagged out of date on the AUR, but their maintainers have not yet updated the PKGBUILDs (see outdated AUR packages).

Yay doesn't install dependencies added to a PKGBUILD during installation.

Yay resolves all dependencies ahead of time. You are free to edit the PKGBUILD in any way, but any problems you cause are your own and should not be reported unless they can be reproduced with the original PKGBUILD.

I know my -git package has updates but yay doesn't offer to update it

Yay uses an hash cache for development packages. Normally it is updated at the end of the package install with the message Found git repo. If you transition between aur helpers and did not install the devel package using yay at some point, it is possible it never got added to the cache. yay -Y --gendb will fix the current version of every devel package and start checking from there.

I want to help out!

Check for more information.

Examples of Custom Operations

Command Description
yay <Search Term> Present package-installation selection menu.
yay -Ps Print system statistics.
yay -Yc Clean unneeded dependencies.
yay -G <AUR Package> Download PKGBUILD from ABS or AUR.
yay -Y --gendb Generate development package database used for devel update.
yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate Perform system upgrade, but also check for development package updates and use PKGBUILD modification time (not version number) to determine update.