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Automatically build AUR packages and serve them from a repository


The latest release can be installed from PyPi:

$ pip install aurblobs

and upgraded with:

$ pip install --upgrade aurblobs


  • Docker
  • GnuPG
    • versions >=2.1.0 will generate Ed25519 Signing Keys
    • older versions will generate RSA (4096 Bit) Signing Keys


Usage: aurblobs [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  --version  Show the version and exit.
  --help     Show this message and exit.

  add     Add a new package to an existing repository.
  init    Initialize a new repository.
  list    List repositories and related packages
  remove  Remove a package from a repository
  update  Update packages in repository to latest version.

Initializing repository

This will create the repository basedir and a dedicatd GPG keypair. It will also install the public key into the basedir.

$ aurblobs init myrepo /srv/www/myrepo

Adding a package

Adding a new package to a repository validates its existence on AUR and configures it to be built on the next update run.

$ aurblobs add youtube-dl-git

If multiple repositories are set up the specific repository must be specified:

$ aurblobs add --repository myrepo youtube-dl-git

Listing configured repositories and packages

$ aurblobs list
myrepo: /srv/www/myrepo (3 packages)
 - dino-git (r214.dc2dde5-1)
 - youtube-dl-git (2017.12.02.r7.b271e3352-1)
 - tinc-pre-git (1.1pre15.21.gb8acb89a-1)

Building packages

With the update command all configured repositories and packages can be checked for updates. If updates for a package are available it will be rebuilt in a container, with a minimal Arch Linux build environment. The build container will be pulled from the Docker Hub just before the first build is started.

% aurblobs update --repository myrepo
youtube-dl-git is up-to-date
dino-git is up-to-date
tinc-pre-git is up-to-date

Sharing the repository

The repository basedir should then be exposed via a webserver.

$ tree /srv/www/myrepo
├── myrepo.db -> myrepo.db.tar.gz
├── myrepo.db.tar.gz
├── myrepo.db.tar.gz.old
├── myrepo.files -> myrepo.files.tar.gz
├── myrepo.files.tar.gz
├── myrepo.files.tar.gz.old
├── myrepo.gpg
├── dino-git-r214.dc2dde5-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
├── dino-git-r214.dc2dde5-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz.sig
├── tinc-pre-git-1.1pre15.21.gb8acb89a-1-any.pkg.tar.xz
├── tinc-pre-git-1.1pre15.21.gb8acb89a-1-any.pkg.tar.xz.sig
├── youtube-dl-git-2017.12.02.r8.3c4fbfeca-1-any.pkg.tar.xz
└── youtube-dl-git-2017.12.02.r8.3c4fbfeca-1-any.pkg.tar.xz.sig

Configuring the repository locally

Download and import the repositories signing key into your truststore.

# wget
# pacman-key --add myrepo.gpg

Lookup the key fingerprint:

# pacman-key --list-keys | grep -B2 "prebuilt repository key"
pub   ed25519 2017-12-04 [SCA]
uid           [  full  ] prebuilt repository key (insecure!) <>

And sign the key locally:

# pacman-key --lsign-key <fingerprint>
  -> Locally signing key <fingerprint>...
==> Updating trust database...
gpg: next trustdb check due at 2018-06-25

Finally add the repository to /etc/pacman.conf:

Server =


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