REPO-ADD(8) Pacman Manual REPO-ADD(8)

repo-add - package database maintenance utility

repo-add [options] <path-to-db> <package> [<package> ...]

repo-remove [options] <path-to-db> <packagename> [<packagename> ...]

repo-add and repo-remove are two scripts to help build a package database for packages built with makepkg(8) and installed with pacman(8).

repo-add will update a package database by reading a built package file. Multiple packages to add can be specified on the command line.

If a matching “.sig” file is found alongside a package file, the signature will automatically be embedded into the database.

repo-remove will update a package database by removing the package name specified on the command line. Multiple packages to remove can be specified on the command line.

A package database is a tar file, optionally compressed. Valid extensions are “.db” followed by an archive extension of “.tar”, “.tar.gz”, “.tar.bz2”, “.tar.xz”, or “.tar.Z”. The file does not need to exist, but all parent directories must exist.

-q, --quiet

Force this program to keep quiet and run silently except for warning and error messages.

-s, --sign

Generate a PGP signature file using GnuPG. This will execute gpg --detach-sign --use-agent on the generated database to generate a detached signature file, using the GPG agent if it is available. The signature file will be the entire filename of the database with a “.sig” extension.

-k, --key <key>

Specify a key to use when signing packages. Can also be specified using the GPGKEY environmental variable. If not specified in either location, the default key from the keyring will be used.

-v, --verify

Verify the PGP signature of the database before updating the database. If the signature is invalid, an error is produced and the update does not proceed.


Remove color from repo-add and repo-remove output.

-n, --new

Only add packages that are not already in the database. Warnings will be printed upon detection of existing packages, but they will not be re-added.

-R, --remove

Remove old package files from the disk when updating their entry in the database.


Include package PGP signatures in the repository database (if available)

repo-add foo.db.tar.xz <pkg1> [<pkg2> ...]

This creates two separate databases; a smaller database “foo.db.tar.xz” used by pacman and a large database containing package file lists “foo.files.tar.xz” for use by other utilities. While pacman can use the large database (if renamed with a db.tar* extension), there is currently no additional benefit for the larger download.

makepkg(8), pacman(8)

See the pacman website at for current information on pacman and its related tools.

Bugs? You must be kidding; there are no bugs in this software. But if we happen to be wrong, submit a bug report with as much detail as possible at the Arch Linux Bug Tracker in the Pacman section.

Current maintainers:

•Allan McRae <>
•Andrew Gregory <>
•Morgan Adamiec <>

Past major contributors:

•Judd Vinet <>
•Aurelien Foret <>
•Aaron Griffin <>
•Dan McGee <>
•Xavier Chantry <>
•Nagy Gabor <>
•Dave Reisner <>
•Eli Schwartz <>

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

2024-03-15 Pacman 6.1.0