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I've downloadad the latest XAMPP file, to install it into Ubuntu 13.04.

After downloading the file, I just can run it.

I've double click it (and I've tried right click and clicking "open", whith the same result).

All the answer I get is this message:

Could not display “xampp-linux-1.8.3-1-installer.run”. There is no application installed for “executable” files. Do you want to search for an application to open this file?

I've tried searching for an application, with no result...

Also, I haven't found any questions related to this issue with the 13.04 Unity version... I've tried this solution, with no result.

Please note that this isn't a Xampp question, the same happened to me when I tried to install Skype.


I've tried this solution:

cd ~/Downloads

chmod +x myfile.run

sudo sh myfile.run

And I've got this error:

Syntax error: "(" unexpected

What should I do? Thanks!

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marked as duplicate by dobey, karel, guntbert, belacqua, LiveWireBT Oct 24 '13 at 0:28

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What's the problem with packaged software? –  Luís de Sousa Oct 23 '13 at 7:12
Have a look here. You need to change permission to allow executing, as mentioned in the link. Then, open a terminal, navigate to the folder, and type ./xampp-linux...restofname. –  mattblang Feb 8 '14 at 2:52

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Step 1 Move the .run to your Home folder

Step 2 Right-click on the file and select Properties

Step 3 Under the Permissions tab, tick the checkbox Allow executing file as program. Click Apply.

Step 4 Double click the file to run


Here is how to execute .run or .bin files

Step 1: Open the terminal and execute following command

$chmod +x file_name.run

Step 2: Execute the file


If you have any trouble or want to do it using GUI instead of terminal see this link

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Thanks for your reply! I've tried both ways, and nothing happens. In the command line way, it won do anything, it just acts as id I only pressed "enter". The GUI way, nothing happens, as if I didn't double clicked the file. –  Rosamunda Oct 23 '13 at 4:15

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