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So I'm new to Ubuntu, in fact I've only installed it yesterday. There are a few programs I want to install.. both of which are a .tar.gz and a .tar.bz2 file. When I double click on them, they just open in the archive manager...How do I install them?

EDIT: The programs I want to install are Katawa Shoujo and uTorrent.

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enter image description hereOpen terminal window, than type the following steps:

cd Downloads


Next, run the commands below to extract uTorrent files to the /opt directory.

sudo tar xvzf utorrent-server-3.0-25053.tar.gz -C /opt/

Then run the commands below to change the permission on uTorrent-server folder.

sudo chmod -R 777 /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/

Next, run the commands below to link uTorrent server to the /user/local/bin directory.

sudo ln -s /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/utserver /usr/local/bin/utserver

Finally, run the commands below to start uTorrent.

utserver -settingspath /opt/utorrent-server-v3_0/

If you get an error about package missing, run the command below to install it, by APT, then try starting it again.

sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8:i386

Now that uTorrent server is started, open your web browser (Firefox) and type the address below.


The username is admin and leave the password field empty.

The first thing you will want to do is specify the download folder. To do that, click ‘Settings’ button.

Then scroll down to ‘Directories’ and specify the download folder.

Done ....

Hope this help.

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I'd recommend using /usr/local/bin instead of /usr/bin since the latter is managed by APT, so it's cleaner to install to the former. – Kevin May 16 '12 at 1:11
IT WORKED! Thanks man, I appreciate it. – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 1:39
Is installing everything this complicated? – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 1:40
no, hopefully, you have the "Ubuntu Software Center", you can use to install almost the software you need to your desktop, and this we will named packaged software. However, some software only have the source installation, like you experienced with utserver, that don't exists in "Ubuntu Software Center" , and must be installed by source, or compiled by source. – Octávio Filipe Gonçalves May 16 '12 at 1:45
The permission system is there for a reason, I do not think teaching people new to Linux to just 777 in doubt is a good idea. Actually I think it's wrong and dangerous. – Florian Mayer May 16 '12 at 8:30

There are a few programs I want to install.. both of which are a .tar.gz and a .tar.bz2 file. When I double click on them, they just open in the archive manager...How do I install them?

In Ubuntu, you usually install packages from the Software Center. You can also install another package manager called Synaptic which gives you access to a much wider variety of programs.

.tar.gz or .tar.bz2 "programs" are very often source code, which you must compile in order to get a usable program. I don't recommend you do this if you are new to Ubuntu.

Sometimes, generic Linux programs (i.e. not for Ubuntu, but any flavor of Linux) are also distributed as archives. For your examples, you can simply click on Extract in Archive Manager, and extract them to your home directory. To run them, go to your Home Folder, double-click on the Program Folder, and click on the program. For uTorrent, that's utserver; you should be able to tell which one it is for the other one (I didn't download it because it's a large file).

32-bit programs will NOT work on 64-bit Ubuntu by default. You need to do the following first:

  • Open Terminal, with Ctrl-Alt-T
  • Type sudo apt-get install ia32-libs -y
  • Enter your password
  • Wait for installation to complete, then type exit to quit the Terminal
  • Now try running your programs.
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I linked them . – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 0:15
See edit to answer, bottom portion :) Please accept as answer if this helped you out. – izx May 16 '12 at 0:31
Didn't work. And for some reason KS was like corrupt or something. It gave me an error. – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 0:36
Yes, KS errored out for me too. Are you running 64-bit Ubuntu? – izx May 16 '12 at 0:39
Yeah, the Vista already on my laptop was 64-bit so 64-bit Ubuntu seemed right. – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 0:40

Like explained before, some software is distributed in source code.

For this normally, you have to do:

  • unpack the compressed file;

  • Open a terminal window;

  • Go to the folder you created when you uncompressed the file;

  • chmod 755 configure;

  • Run configure, ./configure;

  • Check for errors or dependencies;

  • run make;

  • Check for errors or dependencies;

  • Run make install;

  • If you don't have any doubts of dependencies problems you can run make & make install;

  • If you have dependencies problems is better to run make clean, to clear the previous failed installation;

This method named compile software from source.

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Whenever I type "./configure" into the terminal window it says that there is no such file or directory. Sorry if this is all basic stuff, I've only had Ubuntu for a day. – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 0:55
Can you put here the file list in your source code directory? – Octávio Filipe Gonçalves May 16 '12 at 0:58
type in your terminal: ls -la – Octávio Filipe Gonçalves May 16 '12 at 0:59
Uhh....well..the file for uTorrent is called "utorrent-server-v3_0" and contains the files "docs" (a folder) "utserver" (looks like a program but doesn't open) and "". – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 1:00
It told me that command wasn't found. – Ryan Williams May 16 '12 at 1:01

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