Octopi a powerful software manager for Pacman

If you are a Manjaro Linux user, you will know Octopi perfectly, which is an excellent software manager with which we can install and manage packages found within repositories.

Now if you are an Arch Linux user or some other distribution based on this that does not have Octopi I recommend you give it a try and know all the benefits that you can get by using this manager.

The first thing we must do is understand what Octopi is.
Octopi is a frontend designed to handle pacman packages, with which we can manage packages within Arch Linux or Yaour repositories in a graphical and simpler way.

As well It has a notifier, which is in charge of monitoring the new versions Kernel and programs that we have installed in our system.
We will have this within our notification area, which we can identify as follows, since the icon is of a ghost and It depends on the color you have, we will know that the status of our system:

  • Green color: system is updated.
  • Red color: there are updates to install.
  • Yellow color: there are updates in the AUR.

Also within the other Octopi functions, this in its main window will show us a list of all the packages that are within the Arch Linux or Yaourt repositories in case of having it activated, in the same way we can filter the packages to search one more specifically.

Among the other functions we find:
Synchronize the database.
Update the system.
Clear cache.
Install / Reinstall / Update / Uninstall selected packages.
Install packages (also from the Arch User Repository).

How to install Octopi?

Finally we can install this great manager only with this command:

yaourt -S octopi octopi-notifier

Without further ado, it only remains for you to enjoy the benefits that Octopi can offer you and to be delighted with its simplicity and power.


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  1.   Duck said

    Is very good! I use "OctoPkg" on FreeBSD which is a version of Octopi modified to use pkg-ng instead of pacman.
    It is installed simply by typing in the terminal:
    sudo pkg install octopkg
    And from there on all the other packages and programs I can easily install them using this great software manager :)