pakfire - The package management system for IPFire


pakfire check
pakfire clean
pakfire execute [--bind PATH] [--non-interactive] COMMAND
pakfire info [--long] PACKAGE [PACKAGE ...]
pakfire install [--without-recommended] [--allow-uninstall] [--allow-downgrade] PACKAGE [PACKAGE ...]
pakfire key TODO
pakfire provides [FEATURE]
pakfire requires [FEATURE]
pakfire remove [--keep-dependencies] PACKAGE [PACKAGE ...]
pakfire repolist
pakfire search PATTERN
pakfire sync [--keep-orphaned]
pakfire update [--exclude PATTERN|-x PATTERN] [--allow-uninstall] [--allow-downgrade] [PACKAGE ...]


pakfire is the command that controls the IPFire Package Management system.



Prints the software version and exits.

--config FILE

Load a custom configuration file. See pakfire-conf(5) for more details.

--enable-repo REPO
--disable-repo REPO

Enables/disables a repository that is disabled/enabled in the configuration.


Enable offline mode. Pakfire will not try to refresh any repository information or perform any file downloads.

--arch ARCH

Run Pakfire for a different architecture. This might run emulation which has degraded performance.

--root PATH

Run Pakfire in a different path. This is useful when you want to setup, debug, or fix a different system. Can be used in combination with --arch.



This command checks the integrity of the installation. If any errors are returned they can be fixed with the sync command.


Cleans all temporary and downloaded files.

execute [--bind PATH] [--non-interactive] COMMAND

Executes a command inside a Pakfire environment (useful in combination with --root= and --arch=).
--non-interactive makes the shell non-interactive and using --bind parts of the local file system can be made available inside the environment.

info [--long]┬áPACKAGE [PACKAGE …]

Shows information about the given package. --long will show additional information.

install [--without-recommended] [--allow-uninstall] [--allow-downgrade] PACKAGE [PACKAGE …]

Installs one or more packages.
By default, Pakfire installs packages that are recommended for use with the installed set of packages. This can be disabled with --without-recommended.
If the package cannot be installed due to dependency problems, the solver can be allowed to allow uninstalling other packages (--allow-uninstall) or to downgrade already installed packages (--allow-downgrade).



provides [FEATURE]

Shows a list of packages that provide a certain feature.

requires [FEATURE]

This shows a list of all packages that require a certain feature. The operating is basically the opposite of provides.

remove [--keep-dependencies] PACKAGE [PACKAGE …]

Uninstalls the given package and all dependencies that are no longer needed. Those can be kept using the --keep-dependencies switch.


Shows information about all available repositories and their configuration.

search PATTERN

Searches for packages that match PATTERN. Globbing can be used.

sync [--keep-orphaned]

Synchronises the local system with the upstream repositories. All packages will be updated to their latest version and orphaned packages will be uninstalled. --keep-orphaned disables this behaviour.

update [--exclude PATTERN|-x PATTERN] [--allow-uninstall] [--allow-downgrade] [PACKAGE …]

Updates all installed packages to their latest versions. If packages are passed, only those and their dependencies will be updated.
Using --exclude or -x allows excluding one or more packages that won’t be updated.
See install on --allow-uninstall and --allow-downgrade.


Please report all bugs to the bugtracker at; refer to for details.


Michael Tremer