Installing Pale Moon on Arch distros

Last updated : 27/12/2021

- Introduction -
- First time installation -
- Updating -
- Random tips & notes -

Introduction

This is my own guide for installing & updating Pale Moon on Arch distros (including Artix) using AUR. Keep in mind that this guide uses Git and not AUR helpers like yay, pamac, and/or octopi.

First time installation

Make sure you have base-devel & git installed (sudo pacman -S --needed base-devel git if you haven't installed them yet). If you're using Artix, you might want to enable Arch repository for at least extra & community.

  1. Open your installed terminal emulator of choice, as we will use the terminal to install and/or update Pale Moon.
  2. Update your distro packages using sudo pacman -Syu
  3. git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/palemoon-bin.git
  4. palemoon-bin can be replaced by palemoon-gtk3-bin, in case you don't want the gtk2 build for any reason.
  5. cd palemoon-bin (or palemoon-gtk3-bin if you use the gtk3 version)
  6. Check out the PKGBUILD (optional, but recommended)
  7. For example, using the pager less : less PKGBUILD
  8. Import Moonchild & trava90's public PGP keys :
  9. This step is necessary, as Pale Moon for Linux can be released with either PGP keys. Also, watch the latest Pale Moon for Linux release announcements for more information.
  10. makepkg -sirc
  11. If you encounter a "One or more PGP signatures could not be verified" error, make sure you have the right PGP keys (or preferably both) imported. You could also skip integrity checks, but I don't recommend it, even if you know that it's safe.

Updating

  1. Open terminal emulator
  2. Update your distro packages using sudo pacman -Syu
  3. cd palemoon-bin (or palemoon-gtk3-bin if you use the gtk3 version)
  4. Update the files & changes by using git pull
  5. Check out the PKGBUILD (optional, but recommended)
  6. For example, using the pager less : less PKGBUILD

  7. makepkg -sirc

Random tips & notes

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