I tried updating my packages from the terminal and this is what I got:

$ sudo apt-get update
E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/http could not be found.
E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/http could not be found.
E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/http could not be found.
E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/http could not be found.
E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/http could not be found.

What does this mean? I'm using the United States mirror an I've tried using the main server for the mirror and I keep getting the same result is this because there are no updates?

  • Can you show your /etc/apt/sources.list? – César Jul 19 '12 at 20:28
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    See the answer for this one, it solved the issue for me on Debian Stretch. – reim May 9 '19 at 9:16

SirCharlo said in the duplicate of this question:

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

I tried it and it worked for me.

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    This worked for me in Debian Squeeze. – Matt Alexander Dec 12 '12 at 22:27
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    How is this possible? He can't able to connect to the internet. – Avinash Raj Apr 12 '14 at 12:16
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    Sadly, this won't work if your apt cache is too far out of date. Now I'm stuck in a "hole in the bucket" problem :( – Owen Oct 3 '16 at 15:34
  • Worked for me, thanks. Debian 7.x – Vitor Luiz da Silva Oct 31 '16 at 9:57
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    @Owen that would allow someone else to provide a replacement or trojan wrapper around any unsigned package. – mikemaccana Sep 11 '17 at 18:53

in my case, find all the source in .list file, eg:


some source in the list are forced using https:// even if you changed it into http:// it will redirected to https://

the solutions is :

  1. backup and remove the https source first
  2. then run apt-get update
  3. run sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
  4. restore the https source
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  • so you're saying you should update over an insecure connection? – David 天宇 Wong Jun 29 '18 at 9:27
  • this was the only solution that worked for me on kali linux – shenk Apr 5 '19 at 12:15

Had the same problem on fresh OrangePi image. Swapping https to http didn't help. Finally I created a symlink to http with name https and was able to perform apt-get update. The first thing to install was apt-transport-https than I re-run the update.

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    The OrangePI seems actually to still have this problem, could you precisely explain what do you mean by a "symlink" in this case please ? – dlewin Feb 28 '18 at 14:12
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    @dlewin cd /usr/lib/apt/methods then ln -s http https does the trick. – Alex Apr 14 '18 at 11:32

My problem was the Opera browser in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera-stable.list was, it was wrote:


but the correct is:


So I fix the line this way:

deb https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free #Opera Browser (final releases)

and all solved!

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I have faced this problem before, in my case the problem was in /etc/apt/sources.list. Make sure there are no quotation marks '' or "":

deb "http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ maverick partner (Source Code)"

Remove quotes and change those lines to:

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ maverick partner (Source Code)

Also, as @arhimed suggests, make sure the protocol is well-formed: http://

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  • Everything is in good form any other ideas? – Abe Jul 20 '12 at 14:12

My error read method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/htttp and after reading here and trying all offerings, I was about to give up when I noticed that the http had one extra t.

I went to did this:

sudo -H gedit /etc/apt/source.list

Ctrl + F to find all instances of htttp.

removed the extra t

Saved (twice to make sure the bugger took it)

And viola, problem solved.

Guess that means I need to REALLY Read the error messages as I had been skimming over them. Lesson learned. that won't happen again

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look for https links in /etc/apt/sources.list check if http link of the same link works. if it does then replace http with https and enjoy. otherwise install sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https as said in the above answer by Damiön la Bagh

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My comments here aren't directly related to the OP's question, but since this page comes up in google's first result when searching E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/https could not be found. which is the error I was originally trying to solve, I am adding some information which helped me solve my problem.

I happen to be on an ethernet network which contains a "firewall" type device that redirects an unknown computer's web traffic to a webpage that requires you the "agree" to the terms of service for the network before you can continue. This page happens to be served as a HTTPS page. Therefore, any time apt-get tried to connect, it was ending up at an HTTPS site. This is also why trying to install apt-transport-https wasn't working for me.

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I realize this is a very old thread, but in my case the sources.list file was missing "http." in the address. (ie, http://kali.org vs http://http.kali.org) I discovered this when comparing two VM's in my environment. Not sure where the error came from, but replacing that solved the issue.

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