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Ansible AUR helper

Ansible module to use some Arch User Repository (AUR) helpers as well as makepkg.

The following helpers are supported and automatically selected, if present, in the order listed below:

makepkg will be used if no helper was found or if it is explicitly specified:


Parameter Choices/Default Comments
name Name or list of names of the package(s) to install or upgrade.
state present, latest Desired state of the package, 'present' skips operations if the package is already installed.
upgrade yes, no Whether or not to upgrade whole system.
use auto, yay, paru, pacaur, trizen, pikaur, aurman, makepkg The tool to use, 'auto' uses the first known helper found and makepkg as a fallback.
extra_args null A list of additional arguments to pass directly to the tool. Cannot be used in 'auto' mode.
aur_only yes, no Limit helper operation to the AUR.
local_pkgbuild Local directory with PKGBUILD, null Only valid with makepkg or pikaur. Don't download the package from AUR. Build the package using a local PKGBUILD and the other build files.
skip_pgp_check yes, no Only valid with makepkg. Skip PGP signatures verification of source file, useful when installing packages without GnuPG properly configured.
ignore_arch yes, no Only valid with makepkg. Ignore a missing or incomplete arch field, useful when the PKGBUILD does not have the arch=('yourarch') field.


  • Either name or upgrade is required, both cannot be used together.
  • In the use=auto mode, makepkg is used as a fallback if no known helper is found.


AUR package

The ansible-aur-git package is available in the AUR.

Note: The module is installed in /usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules which is one of the default module library paths.

Manual installation

Just clone the ansible-aur repository into your user custom-module directory:

git clone ~/.ansible/plugins/modules/aur

Ansible Galaxy

ansible-aur is available in Galaxy which is a hub for sharing Ansible content. To download it, use:

ansible-galaxy install kewlfft.aur

Note: If this module is installed from Ansible Galaxy, you will need to list it explicitly in your playbook:

# playbook.yml
- hosts: localhost
  - kewlfft.aur
  - aur: name=package_name

or in your role:

# meta/main.yml
- kewlfft.aur
# tasks/main.yml
- aur: name=package_name



  • The scope of this module is installation and update from the AUR; for package removal or for updates from the repositories, it is recommended to use the official pacman module.
  • The --needed parameter of the helper is systematically used, it means if a package is up-to-date, it is not built and reinstalled.

Create the "aur_builder" user

While Ansible expects to SSH as root, makepkg or AUR helpers do not allow executing operations as root, they fail with "you cannot perform this operation as root". It is therefore recommended to create a user, which is non-root but has no need for password with pacman in sudoers, let's call it aur_builder.

This user can be created in an Ansible task with the following actions:

- user:
    name: aur_builder
    create_home: no
    group: wheel
- lineinfile:
    path: /etc/sudoers.d/11-install-aur_builder
    line: 'aur_builder ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/pacman'
    create: yes
    validate: 'visudo -cf %s'


Use it in a task, as in the following examples:

# Install trizen using makepkg, skip if it is already installed
- aur: name=trizen use=makepkg state=present
  become: yes
  become_user: aur_builder

# Install package_name using the first known helper found
- aur: name=package_name
  become: yes
  become_user: aur_builder

# Install package_name_1 and package_name_2 using yay
- aur:
    use: yay
      - package_name_1
      - package_name_2

# Upgrade the system using yay, only act on AUR packages.
# Note: Dependency resolving will still include repository packages.
- aur: upgrade=yes use=yay aur_only=yes

# Install gnome-shell-extension-caffeine-git using pikaur and a local PKGBUILD.
# Skip if it is already installed
- aur:
    name: gnome-shell-extension-caffeine-git
    use: pikaur
    local_pkgbuild: {{ role_path }}/files/gnome-shell-extension-caffeine-git
    state: present
  become: yes
  become_user: aur_builder