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I'm trying to download an Apt file but I don't know how to. I'm using Firefox too.

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It is just a file, you download it just like any other. BTW, are you sure you cannot get it from the official repositories? – edwin Jul 8 '13 at 3:06
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Associate apt links in firefox with /usr/bin/software-center

Just tried it for a link and it brings it up for you.

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Thank you, this really helped me! +1 – Yuki Kutsuya May 4 '14 at 22:10

If you want a lighter alternative to Ubuntu Software Center, that handles Apt links, you can use AptURL, that needs to be installed with:

sudo apt-get install apturl

Then, you can associate apt links in Firefox with /usr/bin/apturl, as described in screenshot below.

Selecting AptURL to apt links

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What to do if you want to download that file, not open it with software center? – Habi Nov 11 '13 at 3:28
You cannot "download that file", because an apt link does not point to a phisical file, but refer only to a package name. So the only way is to process the apt link in a package manager, that will search and download the referred package. – Pisu Nov 11 '13 at 13:56
Can't we get location of that referred package, so that we can download it? – Habi Nov 11 '13 at 14:01
not from the link itself.. only the package manager knows the repository location – Pisu Nov 11 '13 at 14:02
It's better to install the graphic version: apturl-gtk. – Juan Simón Jan 23 '14 at 9:32

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