CHECKUPDATES(8) Pacman-contrib Manual CHECKUPDATES(8)

checkupdates - safely print a list of pending updates

checkupdates [options]

Checks for pending updates using a separate Pacman database located in TMPDIR if CHECKUPDATES_DB is not set and outputs a list of updates with the old and new version.

-d, --download
Download any pending updates to the pacman cache.

-h, --help

Display syntax and command line options.

Override the default update db location.


Overrides the default /tmp temporary directory.

On exit, checkpkg will return one of the following error codes.


Normal exit condition.


Unknown cause of failure.


No updates are available.

pacman(8), pacman.conf(5)

Bugs? You must be kidding; there are no bugs in this software. But if we happen to be wrong, send us an email with as much detail as possible to

Current maintainers:
•Johannes Löthberg <>
•Daniel M. Capella <>

For additional contributors, use git shortlog -s on the pacman-contrib.git repository.

2020-07-29 Pacman-contrib 1.4.0