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How to update Manjaro using command line in the Terminal

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Update manjaro using command line

By default settings, Manjaro connects to the internet and shows a notification that updates are available to download on the status bar. You have the option to confirm and go ahead to update your system. It is the graphical user interface way.

On the other hand, if you wish to go to the Terminal and perform the update by command line, here is the guide for you. It is especially useful if you are updating a Manjaro PC by remote login.

Synchronizing and Updating the System

Updating Manjaro using command-line is done in two ways:

Syu command: System Update will update the system with the latest updates. It is enough for most of the general scenarios when the system is working well with no corrupt database.

Syyu command: Syyu command is used to help pacman locate and download the packages for installation with forced database update.

-yy flags will force the refresh of all package lists and rebuild everything. It is especially great for fixing a corrupted database. The command synchronizes your Manjaro database with the Manjaro official repositories and updates your system. It will rebuild the system repo database info completely.

Updating Manjaro XFCE from the Terminal

Step 1) Click on the Manjaro icon on the taskbar and look for “Terminal.”

Step 2) Launch “Terminal Emulator.”

Launching Terminal in Manjaro XFCE

Launching Terminal in Manjaro XFCE

Step 3) Use the pacman system update command to update the system. Pacman is the Manjaro’s default package manager used to install, upgrade, configure and remove software. Use it with sudo.

sudo pacman -Syu

OR

sudo pacman -Syyu

Step 3) Pay attention to the progress of the Terminal and enter ‘Y’ when needed. You should see it multiple numbers of times.

Terminal - Performing System Update

Terminal – Performing System Update

That’s it!

Updating Manjaro GNOME from the Terminal

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’.

Launching Terminal in Manjaro GNOME

Launching Terminal in Manjaro GNOME

Step 2) Use the pacman Syyu command to update the system. Pacman is the Manjaro’s default package manager used to install, upgrade, configure and remove software. Use it with sudo.

sudo pacman -Syu

OR

sudo pacman -Syyu

Step 3) Pay attention to the progress of the Terminal and enter ‘Y’ when needed. You should see it multiple numbers of times.

Update Manjaro GNOME via Terminal

Update Manjaro GNOME via Terminal

That’s it!

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19 comments

dani December 5, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Thank you very much.
It help me a lot.
I don’t know why octopi fails to update my Manjaro kde, but pacman has worked fine.
Thanks again!

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Mar December 25, 2018 - 3:29 AM

Nice and clear instruction. To improve it further I think one should explain all the commands when telling someone to type in sudo -commands. What does the -Syyu do in this context?

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Daniell June 19, 2019 - 3:55 AM

My understanding is that It’s the same as ‘Syu’, it’s a contraction of ‘Syyu’, the second ‘y’ is redundant.

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Kristy December 22, 2022 - 1:36 AM

Your comment was useless. Maybe try being a bit more help?

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kd October 1, 2019 - 4:19 AM

Synchronizing and Updating the System

Updating Manjaro using command-line is done in two ways:

Syu command: System Update will update the system with the latest updates. It is enough for most of the general scenarios when the system is working well with no corrupt database.

Syyu command: Syyu command is used to help pacman locate and download the packages for installation with forced database update.

-yy flags will force the refresh of all package lists and rebuild everything. It is especially great for fixing a corrupted database. The command synchronizes your Manjaro database with the Manjaro official repositories and updates your system. It will rebuild the system repo database info completely.

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VOLVIC March 16, 2019 - 3:30 AM

Thank you
LOVE all your tutorials and your site

many thanks man

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oguz March 20, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Hello, I use Manjaro KDE my 5 years old laptop.
I issue these commands and get 3 messages
Replace geoclue2 with extra/geoclue?
Replace libsystemd with core/systemd-libs?
Replace xorg-mkfontdir with extra/xorg-mkfontscale?
I said Y for 3 without a clue what are these , after insallation I have this hang on shutdown problem.

https://www.reddit.com/r/ManjaroLinux/comments/9vuzeb/kernel_419_causes_laptop_to_hang_on_shutdown/

What should I do?

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patience July 26, 2019 - 4:06 AM

Stop mindlessly following and doing whatever is being suggested in the internet. Especially when it’s about Linux. Do some background research on the matters. And might not be bad idea in the future inquire about the matter in Manjaro-forums.

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MrBungle August 17, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Wow, tact much? As you’re learning you make mistakes. While what you said is the correct answer, you don’t need to sound like a di*k that came out of the womb with all of your knowledge. You had to learn too. If you didn’t then you are an a** for not being the richest man in the world with all of your vast genius. People like you are what turn people off from asking question and hinder learning. Check yourself.

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Brian Marshall October 18, 2019 - 2:27 AM

I couldn’t agree more!
As an ‘old’,69 year old guy, making the transition from Windows, I find 90% of people responding to us ‘newbie’s’ queries are so up themselves, because they have a bit of knowledge, that their responses are often as useful as ‘tits on a bull’, instead of trying to be helpful.
Arrogance and selfishness are perhaps the worst human traits and unfortunately, they are often represented in a lot the forums.

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Keith June 14, 2022 - 5:16 PM

From the point of view of Gen X. Clearly yet another Millennial living in his mom’s basement with nothing better to do. Who also has no social skills and basic human kindness.

napoleon March 31, 2019 - 10:14 AM

thanks Kiran you are helpful to me from costa rica with manjaro 18. gnome

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Bruce June 27, 2019 - 5:01 AM

Thanks Kiran
I am using various distros on my computers including Manjaro18 and look for your comments on each one as I find your advise easier and informative.
Thanks mate.
Tim (Country Town, New South Wales, Australia)

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Phil September 19, 2019 - 6:47 AM

command: pamac update (not as root/sudo)
If you have packages from AUR installed

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Peter November 15, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The following is an example of the messages I get on updating, which I find confusing: desktop-base: local (3:2018.10.29-1) is newer than community (2:2019. It seems to be telling me Local is newer, but the dates indicate the Community looks much newer.

Also I notice there is a yes or no choice, with one of them in capitals eg: Y/n or y/N. I am picking it is best to pick the Capital if in doubt?

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Pat February 11, 2020 - 5:26 AM

Hi. I am using Arch Linux. For Windows 10 / English, I can download this version only : AcroRdrDC2000620034_en_US.exe and not the more recent version presented at first in the window at step 3.
Moreover, while I think to have followed precisely your protocol, I cannot find the acroread executable under the .wine hierarchy. PDF files are associated with a lot of other previewers, such as okular, but the Adobe reader is not found !
Please, do you have any idea ? Thanks for your attention.

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Shreak April 9, 2020 - 11:57 PM

how do we install a vpn in manjaro linux?

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Hu February 3, 2022 - 3:22 AM

bro your question has been around it seems about two years now and it seems it is still relevant.

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David March 2, 2021 - 11:03 PM

Update breaks the Manjaro OS
I have Manjaro version 18.0.4 (Illyria) installed on my laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad T510 — 128 GB SSD). When I want to install a program, pacman tries to update the whole system first, is unable to finish and breaks the OS. Then I have to reinstall the OS all over again. Any time I try to update the system, or refresh databases it can’t finish and breaks the OS. How can I get around this issue?

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