How to Install OpenRGB on Manjaro 21 Linux

OpenRGB, better known as OPEN SOURCE RGB LIGHTING CONTROL, is free and open-source software used to control RGB lighting control that does not require manufacturer software. The software allows for RGB amber lighting, game integrations, music visualization, etc. OpenRGB also comes with a plugin interface that can extend the software’s functionality even further.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install OpenRGB on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-git.git

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the directory is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install OpenRGB

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install OpenRGB using the following command.

yay -S openrgb --noconfirm

Remove --noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

Launch OpenRGB

Now that you have completed the installation launching, it can be done in a few ways.

Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.


Alternatively, run the openrgb & command in the background to free up the terminal:

openrgb &

The best way to use OpenRGBfor desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path: Taskbar > All Applications > OpenRGB


How to Install OpenRGB on Manjaro 21 Linux

Once opened, you will arrive at your default landing screen showing what hardware devices are installed. The tutorial machine has a G502 Hero Gaming mouse, which is now present.


How to Install OpenRGB on Manjaro 21 Linux

Further adjustments, installing plugins, and much more can be found in the settings menu to customize your PC hardware fully.


How to Install OpenRGB on Manjaro 21 Linux

How to Update OpenRGB

To check for updates using the command line, use the following command to allow a blanket check for any updates across all packages.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

How to Remove (Uninstall) OpenRGB

When you no longer want OpenRGB installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns openrgb --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install yay AUR helper quickly and install, maintain, and, if so, remove OpenRGB on Manjaro 21 Linux series.

One of the biggest draws for OpenRGB is no manufacturer software required as it can be bloated, invade privacy, and hoard resources. The downside is not all devices will work straight out of the box.

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