Linux distributions have come a long way since their inception. There was a time when it used to be difficult for new users to perform simple tasks such as installing an application on Linux. The desktop environments are much easier to understand than before.
One of the best parts of the development is that several distros teams have developed package management systems that make software installable across the Linux environment. Whether one is using Fedora, Ubuntu, or Arch, they can install one package on all of them.
So when it comes to installing software in Manjaro, today, there are different ways, and all of them are easy for a new Linux user.
pacman – An arch package manager
pacman is the default package manager of Arch Linux. On Manjaro Linux, we can use pacman to install and remove software, whether from the distro’s repository or the user’s own build.
Arch Repositories – Official Repository & AUR
Arch has two types of repositories. First is the distro’s official repository that contains the list of essential software maintained by the package maintainers. Manjaro has its own repository so that it can provide packages that are fully compatible with the distribution. The second is the Arch User Repository, aka. AUR that contains the community-managed packages.
pacman can install packages from both of these repositories. By default, Manjaro has not enabled the AUR for its users. To install software such as Google Chrome, one needs to enable AUR in Manjaro.
Arch Linux and Manjaro both warn their users before installing software from AUR. Packages from AUR may not work as expected as the distro maintainers do not test them. Each package in AUR is managed by an individual community member and may break on new distro updates.
Install packages from AUR at your own risk.
Though, one can visit AUR and search for the specific package that they are willing to install. The package page contains important information that will help users decide to install the package or not.
Install software from AUR in Manjaro
pamac build package_name
Search packages from AUR
pamac search -a package_name
Install Software in Manjaro using pacman
pacman -S package_name
Remove Software in Manjaro using pacman
pacman -R package_name
pamac – pacman GUI – Add/Remove Software
pacman command-line is a quick and easy way to install packages from the official repository or AUR. Manjaro also has pamac, a GUI interface of pacman similar to the software center of Ubuntu, or even better.
Open pamac from the app menu. The name of pamac in the app menu is ‘Add/Remove Software‘.
As you can see in the screenshot above, it is straightforward to install software using pamac. Just click ‘Install‘ next to the software name, and it’ll build and install the software automatically.
Enable AUR in pamac
By default, pamac does not search for packages in AUR. To enable AUR, click the three dots in the top right of the window > click Preferences.
Click the AUR tab and toggle on ‘Enable AUR support.’
Now pamac will also include packages from AUR in user searches. For example, try to search ‘chrome‘. It’ll show results from Arch User Repository.
Snap in Manjaro
Snap is a new method to package and distribute software throughout Linux distributions. We can install snaps on any Linux distribution whether the distro has official support for it or not.
Snaps maintain all the dependencies separately that consume extra disk space. Also, snaps do not always respect the system theme.
To install snaps support in Manjaro, use pacman and install snapd.
sudo pacman -S snapd
Enable snapd using the following command –
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
Or enable the snapd using pamac. Go to pamac Preferences settings > Snap and toggle on ‘Enable snap support‘.
Now, all your searches will also include snap apps, as shown in the screenshot below.
Install snap from CLI
Alternatively, users can use snap command-line options to search, install, remove, or list snap apps in Manjaro.
Search snap app
snap search package_name
Example – Search for keepass
[[email protected] ~]$ snap search keepass Name Version Publisher Notes Summary keepassxc 2.6.1 keepassxreboot - Modern, secure, and cross-platform password manager compatible with KeePass keepassx-elopio 2.0.2 elopio - KeePassX is a cross platform password safe authpass 1.7.8+1552 hpoul✓ - Open Source Password Manager with KeePass file support. newpass 1.0 lepidus - Generate a random password of a specified length from the command line kpcli-elopio 3.0 elopio - KeePass Command Line Interface
Install snap app
snap install package_name
Example – Install keepassxc snap
[[email protected] ~]$ snap install keepassxc keepassxc 2.6.1 from Jonathan White (keepassxreboot) installed
Remove snap app
snap remove package_name
Example – Remove keepassxc snap
[[email protected] ~]$ snap remove keepassxc keepassxc removed
List installed snap apps
[[email protected] ~]$ snap list Name Version Rev Tracking Publisher Notes core 16-2.46.1 9993 latest/stable canonical✓ core core18 20200724 1885 latest/stable canonical✓ base gnome-3-28-1804 3.28.0-17-gde3d74c.de3d74c 128 latest/stable canonical✓ - gtk-common-themes 0.1-36-gc75f853 1506 latest/stable canonical✓ - kde-frameworks-5 5.47.0 27 latest/stable kde✓ - keepassxc 2.6.1 1006 latest/stable keepassxreboot - snap-store 3.31.1+git187.84b64e0b 415 latest/stable canonical✓ - snapd 2.46.1 9279 latest/stable canonical✓ snapd
Flatpak in Manjaro
Similar to snaps, Flatpak is also a method to package and distribute software across Linux distributions. It also has similar advantages and disadvantages to the default packaging system.
Flatpak can be installed on any Linux distribution. They solve the problem of porting software in multiple packaging systems to be installable on different Linux distributions. But, flatpaks do not update with the system updates; instead need to be updated separately. Also, they install all the dependencies separately that consume extra space on disk, and system themes are not always supported.
Install Flatpak support in Manjaro
pamac install flatpak
Once flatpak is installed, users can use
flatpak command in the terminal to manage flatpaks in Manjaro. But, users can also enable flatpak to be included in pamac results.
Open pamac, go to Preferences settings > Flatpak, and toggle on ‘Enable flatpak support‘.
Now all the search results in pamac will also include flatpak.
Install flatpak from CLI
One can also use
flatpak command in the terminal to manage flatpaks in Manjaro.
flatpak search package_name
Example – Search for keepass flatpak
[[email protected] ~]$ flatpak search keepass Name Description Application ID Version Branch Remotes Password Sa… A password manager for GNOME org.gnome.PasswordSafe 3.99.2 stable flathub KeePassXC Community-driven port of the Windows application “KeePass Passwo… org.keepassxc.KeePassXC 2.6.1 stable flathub
To install flatpak, copy the flatpak Application ID and use it to install the app.
flatpak install application_id
Example – Install Keepass flatpak
flatpak install org.keepassxc.KeePassXC
Similarly, remove any flatpak using the application id.
flatpak remove application_id
Example – Remove Keepass flatpak
[[email protected] ~]$ flatpak install org.keepassxc.KeePassXC Looking for matches… Found similar ref(s) for ‘org.keepassxc.KeePassXC’ in remote ‘flathub’ (system). Use this remote? [Y/n]: Y Required runtime for org.keepassxc.KeePassXC/x86_64/stable (runtime/org.kde.Platform/x86_64/5.15) found in remote flathub Do you want to install it? [Y/n]: Y org.keepassxc.KeePassXC permissions: ipc network ssh-auth wayland x11 devices file access  dbus access  bus ownership   /tmp, host, xdg-config/BraveSoftware/Brave-Browser/NativeMessagingHosts:create, xdg-config/chromium/NativeMessagingHosts:create, xdg-config/google-chrome/NativeMessagingHosts:create, xdg-config/kdeglobals:ro, xdg-config/vivaldi/NativeMessagingHosts:create, ~/.mozilla/native-messaging-hosts:create, ~/.tor-browser/app/Browser/TorBrowser/Data/Browser/.mozilla/native-messaging-hosts:create  com.canonical.AppMenu.Registrar, com.canonical.Unity.Session, org.freedesktop.Notifications, org.freedesktop.ScreenSaver, org.freedesktop.login1.Manager, org.freedesktop.login1.Session, org.gnome.ScreenSaver, org.gnome.SessionManager, org.gnome.SessionManager.Presence, org.kde.StatusNotifierWatcher  org.kde.StatusNotifierItem-2-2 ID Branch Op Remote Download 1. [✓] org.freedesktop.Platform.GL.default 20.08 i flathub 42.1 MB / 42.3 MB 2. [✓] org.freedesktop.Platform.GL.nvidia-450-66 1.4 u flathub 1.0 kB / 99.9 MB 3. [✓] org.kde.KStyle.Adwaita 5.15 i flathub 6.1 MB / 6.1 MB 4. [✓] org.kde.Platform.Locale 5.15 i flathub 17.7 kB / 341.1 MB 5. [✓] org.kde.Platform 5.15 i flathub 311.5 MB / 388.3 MB 6. [✓] org.keepassxc.KeePassXC stable i flathub 9.9 MB / 11.2 MB Changes complete.
List installed flatpaks
So this is how to install Software in Manjaro. Having support for snaps and flatpaks is a great advantage for users who love to play with different applications. There is a huge array of software available, and one can find their desired software from at least one of these sources.
Manjaro has written well-described documentation covering each topic in detail. So do refer to the documentation for more information.
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