I want to install a .deb file. After going through various questions, I came across these three options: dpkg, GDebi and Ubuntu Software Center. However, I want to install the. Deb file via Synaptic Package Manager only. Is there any method by which I can install. Deb file as well as all it's dependencies via Synaptic Package Manager?

  • Is there any particular reason why you must use Synaptic? Anything installed on your system will still show in Synaptic no matter what method of installation was used. – matt davis Aug 24 '12 at 13:42
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    Yes, he wants dependencies to be installed (USC does that; dpkg and gdebit do not). Is there a reason why not using USC (this IS basically the same as using synaptic but with a frontend) – Rinzwind Aug 24 '12 at 13:50
  • Well that's a personal opinion of not using USC!I won't debate over USC vs Synaptic but one thing that goes against USC(atleast in my case) is that I cann't change the proxy settings of my network,which Synaptic allows me to do. – ignite Aug 24 '12 at 13:53
  • Like anyone else: if you want that software either use USC or you need to install all dependencies yourself when using dpkg. Nothing else in between :+ – Rinzwind Aug 24 '12 at 13:59
  • I don't know guys. I use gdebi-gtk all the time and it installs dependencies for me. The only time it doesn't is if the necessary dependency is not in the repos. – matt davis Aug 24 '12 at 14:01

Well actually you can't install .deb files through Synaptic.


You have to install it by command-line:

sudo dpkg -i filename.deb

Command-line is faster and easier as you can know the problem (if there is any) by the debugging information it provides.

  • dpkg does not resolve dependencies,as was mentioned in earlier comments. – ignite Sep 5 '12 at 10:27

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