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I want to install GNU Parallel in Ubuntu but I can't find a package for it in the default Ubuntu repos. Where can I get it?

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For posterity: – Adam Monsen Jan 25 '12 at 0:27

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In 13.04, you can install with apt-get:

sudo apt-get install parallel
sudo rm /etc/parallel/config

The second line is necessary because paralel is installed in --tollef mode (if anyone can provide a rationale for this, I'd like to know).

In 14.04, the config file is apparently no longer included, since the --tollef option was removed from the GNU parallel source entirely:

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turn this into a wiki answer and let's pile up all the ways to install it (for 10.04, 10.10, 11.X, 13.04, etc) – omouse May 22 '13 at 16:36
Probably available via this method as of Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal": – nobar May 30 '13 at 21:48
omg, thanks you – AdrienBrault Jun 22 '13 at 20:34
The rationale behind the setting in ` /etc/parallel/config` is perhaps that moreutils already include a version of Tollef's parallel. See also – krlmlr Oct 8 '13 at 12:32

This should work well with 10.10. If not, you could also try the Debian 5.0 Package from here.


Just to clarify: Even though this link is to the OpenSUSE build service, it is an Ubuntu package.

Packages for more recent Ubuntu versions are also available.

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Works fine on my 10.10 x86_64. I was going to build a one-off deb for this, thanks for finding one first! – ayan4m1 Nov 12 '10 at 5:34
Is this package in any debian repos that I can add to be list of sources? – balki Sep 23 '12 at 12:47

I'm on Ubuntu 11.10, and there still isn't a Canonical package of GNU Parallel. It's pretty easy to manually add though.

  1. Go to the official GNU Parallel site:
  2. Download the latest source tarball:
  3. Unpack and make it.


tar -xvjf parallel*
cd parallel*
sudo make install
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According to the README, the shell code wget -O - | sh will install this package. If you like piping random webpages to sh. – shabbychef Aug 14 '13 at 22:11
@shabbychef i strongly discourage that method, but it is in the readme.. – djeikyb Aug 15 '13 at 5:03

I looked today (2011-01-25) and didn't find any ppa or other apt repository. I did find but it only links to external resources.

Also the parallel command in the moreutils package is NOT GNU parallel but which is not as full featured.

It's in macports and many other distributions so it should be included in Ubuntu too.

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You can use the zeroinstall feed (it should work on any os / distro):

apt-get install zeroinstall-injector
0alias parallel

then just run it using the parallel command.

See for more info about zero install.

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Or include this in your source.list:

deb oneiric main 
deb-src oneiric main 
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As of today (11th March 2015) I recommend reading:

Basically moreutils and gnu parallel can't get along.

You can do

sudo apt-get install parallel

but you will lose moreutils - even if you don't use moreutils parallel, you would lose for example ifne as well.

You could build from scratch as in the other answer.

I did

sudo apt-get install parallel
sudo mv /usr/bin/parallel /usr/bin/gnu_parallel
sudo apt-get install moreutils

And then used gnu_parallel in my scripts

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It seems like it isn't packaged in Ubuntu & Debian, maybe you can request it be packaged.

There are also some other tools with similar features (parallel remote execution of commands on multiple systems) in the repositories that you might want to check out. (Maybe somebody else can recommend some of these.)

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I requested it be packaged in – poolie Mar 23 '11 at 0:51
JanC, the nice thing about gnu parallel is that it's happy to run the commands locally, rather than assuming parallelism is across different machines. – poolie Mar 23 '11 at 0:52

It's available in *buntu 13.10 and will be 14.04LTS.

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You can install latest version using LinuxBrew:

brew install parallel

As of today, current Version installed is 20150922. You can check it's Formula.

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