MAKEPKG(8) Pacman Manual MAKEPKG(8)


makepkg - package build utility


makepkg [options]


makepkg is a script to automate the building of packages. The requirements for using the script are a build-capable \*nix platform and a custom build script for each package you wish to build (known as a PKGBUILD). See PKGBUILD(5) for details on creating your own build scripts.
The advantage to a script-based build is that the work is only done once. Once you have the build script for a package, makepkg will do the rest: download and validate source files, check dependencies, configure the build-time settings, build the package, install the package into a temporary root, make customizations, generate meta-info, and package the whole thing up for pacman to use.
makepkg uses your current locale by default and does not unset it when building packages. If you wish to share your build output with others when seeking help or for other purposes, you may wish to run "LC_ALL=C makepkg" so your logs and output are not localized.


Allow makepkg to run as root. This is for security purposes as it is normally dangerous to do so. This will also disable use of fakeroot and sudo.
-A, --ignorearch
Ignore a missing or incomplete arch field in the build script. This is for rebuilding packages from source when the PKGBUILD may be slightly outdated and not updated with an arch=('yourarch') field.
-c, --clean
Clean up leftover work files and directories after a successful build.
--config <file>
Use an alternate config file instead of the /etc/makepkg.conf default.
-d, --nodeps
Do not perform any dependency checks. This will let you override and ignore any dependencies required. There is a good chance this option will break the build process if all of the dependencies are not installed.
-e, --noextract
Do not extract source files; use whatever source already exists in the src/ directory. This is handy if you want to go into src/ and manually patch or tweak code, then make a package out of the result. Keep in mind that creating a patch may be a better solution to allow others to use your PKGBUILD.
-f, --force
makepkg will not build a package if a built package already exists in the PKGDEST (set in makepkg.conf(5)) directory, which may default to the current directory. This allows the built package to be overwritten.
This is a hidden option that should not be used unless you really know what you are doing. makepkg uses this internally when calling itself to set the new development pkgver of the package.
-g, --geninteg
For each source file in the source array of PKGBUILD, download the file if required and generate integrity checks. The integrity checks generated are determined by the checks present in the PKGBUILD, falling back to the value of the INTEGRITY_CHECK array in makepkg.conf(5) if these are absent This output can be redirected into your PKGBUILD for source validation using "makepkg -g >> PKGBUILD".
Do not perform any integrity checks (checksum and PGP) on source files.
Do not verify checksums of source files.
Do not verify PGP signatures of source files.
-h, --help
Output syntax and command line options.
Useful when building development versions of packages. Prevents makepkg from automatically bumping the pkgver to the latest revision number in the package’s development tree.
-i, --install
Install or upgrade the package after a successful build using pacman(8).
-L, --log
Enable makepkg build logging. This will use the tee program to send output of the build() function to both the console and to a text file in the build directory named pkgname-pkgver-pkgrel-arch.log. As mentioned above, the build log will be localized so you may want to set your locale accordingly if sharing the log output with others.
-m, --nocolor
Disable color in output messages.
-o, --nobuild
Download and extract files only, but do not build them. Useful with the --noextract option if you wish to tweak the files in src/ before building.
-p <buildscript>
Read the package script buildscript instead of the PKGBUILD default; see PKGBUILD(5).
-r, --rmdeps
Upon successful build, remove any dependencies installed by makepkg during dependency auto-resolution and installation when using -s.
-R, --repackage
Repackage contents of the package without rebuilding the package. This is useful if you forgot a depend or install file in your PKGBUILD and the build itself will not change.
-s, --syncdeps
Install missing dependencies using pacman. When build-time or run-time dependencies are not found, pacman will try to resolve them. If successful, the missing packages will be downloaded and installed.
-S, --source
Do not actually build the package, but build a source-only tarball that does not include sources that can be fetched via a download URL. This is useful for passing a single tarball to another program such as a chroot, remote builder, or a tarball upload. Because integrity checks are verified, all source files of the package need to be present or downloadable.
Do not actually build the package, but build a source-only tarball that includes all sources, including those that are normally download via makepkg. This is useful for passing a single tarball to another program such as a chroot or remote builder. It will also satisfy requirements of the GPL when distributing binary packages.
--pkg <list>
Only build listed packages from a split package.
Run the check() function in the PKGBUILD, overriding the setting in makepkg.conf(5).
Do not run the check() function in the PKGBUILD or handle the checkdepends.
Sign the resulting package with gpg, overriding the setting in makepkg.conf(5).
Do not create a signature for the built package.
--key <key>
Specify a key to use when signing packages, overriding the GPGKEY setting in makepkg.conf(5). If not specified in either location, the default key from the keyring will be used.
(Passed to pacman) Prevent pacman from waiting for user input before proceeding with operations.
(Passed to pacman) Prevent pacman from displaying a progress bar; useful if you are redirecting makepkg output to file.


makepkg supports building development versions of packages without having to manually update the pkgver in the PKGBUILD. This was formerly done using the separate utility versionpkg. See PKGBUILD(5) for details on how to set up a development PKGBUILD.


The command that will be used to check for missing dependencies and to install and remove packages. Pacman’s -Qq, -Rns, -S, -T, and -U operations must be supported by this command. If the variable is not set or empty, makepkg will fall back to ‘pacman’.
Folder where the resulting packages will be stored. Overrides the corresponding value defined in makepkg.conf(5).
Folder where the downloaded sources will be stored. Overrides the corresponding value defined in makepkg.conf(5).
Folder where the package will be built. Overrides the corresponding value defined in makepkg.conf(5).


See makepkg.conf(5) for more details on configuring makepkg using the makepkg.conf file.


makepkg.conf(5), PKGBUILD(5), pacman(8)
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Current maintainers:
•Allan McRae <>
•Dan McGee <>
•Dave Reisner <>
Past major contributors:
•Judd Vinet <>
•Aurelien Foret <>
•Aaron Griffin <>
•Xavier Chantry <>
•Nagy Gabor <>
For additional contributors, use git shortlog -s on the pacman.git repository.
2015-12-03 Pacman 4.0.3