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How can I install software or packages without internet (offline)?

Is it possible to install softwares from backups of some else's /var/cache/apt/archives ? It will be a grt discovery fr me if it could be possible. I have tried installing Gstreamer downloaded on Ubuntu 12 on Ubuntu 11 but it could not work.

What i did is I copied the archive dir which have the .deb files to my friends computer and tried to replace his archive dir with that. When I hit the install button (on Ubuntu Software Center) it started to downloading directly from net.

Can Gdebi package installer do that ? is there any other alternative to do this ?

marked as duplicate by RobotHumans, James Henstridge, fossfreedom Jul 1 '12 at 18:23

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  • There is a better way, use aptoncd. It just does what you want; makes a software repository on CD from archived packages. – Samik Jul 1 '12 at 10:33
  • How to use this aptoncd ? – Curious Apprentice Jul 1 '12 at 10:35
  • It's available in software centre. But you can also download it from the link provided. Here is a step-by-step user-guide. – Samik Jul 1 '12 at 10:38
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    It should work, but you must use packages for the release you run. Trying to install packages for another release is a bad idea. – mikewhatever Jul 1 '12 at 10:39
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I will suggest you to use a software called QApt. QApt is a great software for installing local deb files that ubuntu uses for its packages. To install QApt click here Also take a look here http://jontheechidna.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/introducing-qapt-and-the-muon-package-manager/

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