The Arch Linux User Repository (or AUR) is a community driven repository of packages that don’t exist in the official repositories. These provide some nice additions or newer version of the software you want on your machine. However because it is not an official source of packages the AUR is disabled by default and so as a new Arch Linux user one of the first things you should probably do it enable it!
Because the packages in the AUR are simply build scripts you’ll need to first get the base set of development libraries and tools:
pacman -S –needed base-devel
You’ll also want git because it’ll make getting the package source easier:
pacman -S git
Now let’s say I want to install the package xfce4-hdaps from the AUR. Well I would first clone the repository by running:
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/xfce4-hdaps.git
Then cd into the new directory
Now because AUR is basically just a series of install scripts you may (optionally) want to read through them to check for any bad things:
Finally to actually build/install the program you can run:
This will also grab and prompt you to install any required dependencies as it goes.