I'm trying to download an Apt file but I don't know how to. I'm using Firefox too.

  • It is just a file, you download it just like any other. BTW, are you sure you cannot get it from the official repositories?
    – edwin
    Jul 8, 2013 at 3:06

2 Answers 2


Associate apt links in firefox with /usr/bin/software-center

Just tried it for a playdeb.net link and it brings it up for you.


If you want a lighter alternative to Ubuntu Software Center, that handles Apt links, you can use AptURL, that needs to be installed with:

sudo apt-get install apturl

Then, you can associate apt links in Firefox with /usr/bin/apturl, as described in screenshot below.

Selecting AptURL to apt links

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    What to do if you want to download that file, not open it with software center?
    – Habi
    Nov 11, 2013 at 3:28
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    You cannot "download that file", because an apt link does not point to a phisical file, but refer only to a package name. So the only way is to process the apt link in a package manager, that will search and download the referred package.
    – Stefano
    Nov 11, 2013 at 13:56
  • Can't we get location of that referred package, so that we can download it?
    – Habi
    Nov 11, 2013 at 14:01
  • not from the link itself.. only the package manager knows the repository location
    – Stefano
    Nov 11, 2013 at 14:02
  • It's better to install the graphic version: apturl-gtk. Jan 23, 2014 at 9:32

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