Why is there no Version of freefilesync for Ubuntu 18.04 or KDE 18.04 LTS?

When I make executing the lines above I have the following line in the


But running then apt-get update gives the following ERROR:

Fehl:7 http://ppa.launchpad.net/freefilesync/ffs/ubuntu bionic Release                                                                                   
  404  Not Found [IE: Das Depot »http://ppa.launchpad.net/freefilesync/ffs/ubuntu bionic Release« enthält keine Release-Datei.
N: Eine Aktualisierung von solch einem Depot kann nicht auf eine sichere Art durchgeführt werden, daher ist es standardmäßig deaktiviert.
N: Weitere Details zur Erzeugung von Paketdepots sowie zu deren Benutzerkonfiguration finden Sie in der Handbuchseite apt-secure(8).
P: 80]
  • The ppa you're trying to install from wasn't updated since 12/2015 Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 2:28

3 Answers 3


You have two options here:

  • Use FreeFileSync 9.2 from getdeb.net (for obsolete Ubuntu 17.04) - add repository, install package then remove repository:

    sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu zesty-getdeb apps"
    sudo wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install freefilesync
    sudo add-apt-repository -r "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu zesty-getdeb apps"
  • Download FreeFileSync 10.3 archive from official site, extract it, create necessary shortcuts (.desktop-files), add to PATH variable, and enjoy:

    # 1. Create ~/Software folder and download here
    mkdir ~/Software
    cd ~/Software
    xdg-open https://freefilesync.org/download/FreeFileSync_10.3_Linux_64-bit.tar.gz
    # save to ~/Software
    # if it don't work - click on "Download FreeFileSync 10.3 Linux 64-bit"
    #xdg-open https://freefilesync.org/download.php
    # extract the program
    tar -xf FreeFileSync_10.3_Linux_64-bit.tar.gz
    cd FreeFileSync
    # extract icons
    unzip Resources.zip FreeFileSync.png RealTimeSync.png
    mkdir -p ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/
    mv {FreeFileSync,RealTimeSync}.png ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/
    # 2. Create shortcuts for current user
    mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications/
    cat > ~/.local/share/applications/freefilesync.desktop << EOF
    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=Keep files and folders synchronized
    Exec=FreeFileSync %f
    cat > ~/.local/share/applications/realtimesync.desktop << EOF
    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=Start synchronization in real time
    Exec=RealTimeSync %f
    # add it to PATH
    echo "PATH=$PATH:$HOME/Software/FreeFileSync" >> ~/.bashrc
    echo "PATH=$PATH:$HOME/Software/FreeFileSync" >> ~/.profile
    source ~/.bashrc

then logout, log-in again and you will be able to use both FreeFileSync and RealTimeSync.

  • sorry I'm not that savvy with Ubuntu, I'm afraid I made some mistakes. I followed your steps on option 2 (download FreeFileSync), then put in ~/FreeFileSync (I changed PATH accordingly), after finished install, I logged out and in again, made them executable, trusted them on the first run, then I got an error said "there was an apps error" and changed the name to FreeFileSync (capitalized), but in terminal it showed freefilesync.desktop in green. What I'm missing? TIA
    – Michael
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 19:20
  • @Michael I'm not sure. Try to follow the instruction again line-by-line. I upgraded instruction to get 10.3 version and tested it on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS MATE clean VM. It works as expected.
    – N0rbert
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 19:23
  • I just tried to create a shortcut using shortcut launcher (linuxconfig.org/…), it worked. The only thing that I can think of is the Category, which I don't have in my launcher.
    – Michael
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 7:08


  1. Download Linux version from: https://freefilesync.org/download.php tar.gz file

  2. Extract from tar.gzin File Manager using right button, 'extract here'. Alternatively, locate tar.gz in terminal and extract with

    tar xzvf FreeFileTab

  3. Then, in terminal go to extraction folder cd folderName and run the script ./FreeFileSync_XX.XX_Install.run (wait)

  4. ⊞ Win free to open

  5. Right-click in icon to add to favorites (menu)

  6. If "5" does not work:

    • mv ~/Desktop/FreeFileSync.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
    • Add this line: StartupWMClass=Gnome-terminal
      to ~/.local/share/applications/FreeFileSync.desktop

OLD - not necessary

  1. In terminal (go to), cd Downloads, and move extracted:

    sudo mv FreeFileSync_10.24_Linux/FreeFileSync/ /opt/

  2. Symlink (unfortunately it does not work with FreeFileSync file), so the binary must be chosen manually. In this case 64 bits (other option: FreeFileSync_i686)

    sudo ln -s /opt/FreeFileSync/Bin/FreeFileSync_x86_64 /usr/bin/FreeFileSync
  3. Create .desktop file

    cat >$HOME/.local/share/applications/freefilesync.desktop <<'EOL'
    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=Keep files and folders synchronized
    Exec=FreeFileSync %F 
  4. Create modifier of favorite-apps (left menu in ubuntu) with name of created .desktop

    cat >addToMenu.sh <<'EOL'
    #!/usr/bin/env bash
    STATE=`gsettings get org.gnome.shell favorite-apps`
    STATE=$(sed 's/]/,'\ \'freefilesync.desktop\'']/g' <<< $STATE)
    gsettings set org.gnome.shell favorite-apps "${STATE}"
  5. Modify favorite-apps

     sudo apt install gnome-shell-extensions
     bash addToMenu.sh

(tested in ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04)


The depot "http://ppa.launchpad.net/freefilesync/ffs/ubuntu bionic Release" does not contain a release file.

There is no package for Ubuntu Bionic (18.04) in this PPA

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