Without Ubuntu Software Center in Lubuntu I was unable to edit opening apt links in any program in Firefox (see this question). After installing Ubuntu Software Center, that problem is solved, but could I use another program instead of Ubuntu Software Center for the same purpose? I find it too heavy, and to install I prefer the Terminal, gdebi, Lubuntu Software Center or the Synaptic.

(Now that I have the apt option in Firefox/Preferences/Applications, I try to change Ubuntu Software Center to Lubuntu Software Center but this does not change the option.)

  • What happens when you click the link? it should take you to the online software center and when you click on the button (orange) you should be a dialog box trying to install
    – Anwar
    Sep 3 '12 at 9:42
  • as i already have Ubuntu Software Center installed the link opens that program as a means of installing. i was looking for other programs than Ubuntu Software Center. why not the terminal opening instead of Ubuntu Software Center?
    – user47206
    Sep 3 '12 at 9:43
  • Neither gDebi, Synaptic or Lubuntu Software Center support handling the "apt://" protocol/links.
  • But a very simple graphical apt-get-type installer called AptURL does.

    • Install it with sudo apt-get install apturl
    • Set Firefox Preferences to "Always Ask" for apt
    • Click on a link, and select AptURL:

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    • And the window will pop open:

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    • Installation will take place using a lightweight gDebi-style frontend
  • The other option is to use a custom script such as green7's answer

  • But to be browser-independent, what you really need is:

    1. A .desktop file for your script/application, indicating that it handles the x-scheme-handler/apt protocol (see MimeType= lines in aptURL.desktop, ubuntu-software-center.desktop)
    2. And you can set the default by modifying the defaults.list file in /usr/share/applications/

You can change the Action in Preferences > Applications from Ubuntu Software Center to this simple shell script.

#! /bin/bash

lxterm -e "sudo apt-get install $toInstall; read"

Save this to some file, say aptFirefox.sh, and make it executable by running:

chmod +x /path/to/aptFirefox.sh

Now you can replace Ubuntu Software Center with aptFirefox.sh.

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Now whenever you click on any apt link, it will show a terminal window asking for your password.

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After you correctly enter your password, it will install the package.

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Note that you can use xterm in place of lxterm.

  • as i use Firefox, your answer is perfect to me but i have set as definitive izx's answer as it has a more general application. merging the 2 answers into one would be great.
    – user47206
    Sep 3 '12 at 14:17

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