In my case the software I am trying to convert is the Lacie lightscribe labeler.

1.- I renamed the RPM

mv LaCie\ LightScribe\ Labeler\ 1.0\ Linux.rpm lacie-lightscribe-labeler-1.0.rpm

2.- Convert the package with alien

sudo alien lacie-lightscribe-labeler-1.0.rpm


lacie-lightscribe-labeler-1.0.rpm is for architecture i386 ; the package cannot be built on this system

I know that:

  • I could do this in a x86 system and then copy it from there.
  • Use the simple labeler

I'm curious about how to do this conversion in general.

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    Maybe this can help you. Not sure since I am not familiar with alien. – edwin Jul 21 '13 at 16:00

The process is quite easy, in short you need to modify the control file and that's it.

sudo alien -g package-name.rpm
cd package-dir/
sudo vi debian/control

Now change the architecture (i386 in my case) to be the one you need. For example, I added the amd64 archicture and this is how the line ended up:

Architecture: i386, amd64

Last step:

sudo debian/rules binary

This will produce the .deb file.


  • +1 Can one do that on a 32 bit machine too? Or you need only to be on 64 bit to achieve that. – fkl Apr 25 '14 at 17:37

I made it work with just this command:

fakeroot alien --target=amd64 package.i586.rpm
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  • fakeroot in action, it was meant for this kind of thing – Muriuki David Jul 1 '16 at 16:16
  • What version of alien is that? I have 8.86 on Ubuntu 12.04.5, and target is an unknown option. (Time to upgrade Ubuntu!) – Roger Dueck Jul 28 '16 at 19:58

This should be an easy work-around as well, as found on https://www.maketecheasier.com/convert-32bit-rpm-to-deb-64bit/ - use TGZ as an intermediate stage:

sudo alien --scripts --to-tgz <package.rpm>

sudo alien --scripts --to-deb <package.tgz>

The --to-deb is a default, used here only to be explicit about the conversions.

Then, install with dpkg as usual (when using a raw .deb from Alien).

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$sudo apt-get install alien

$sudo alien

check out this post from link for the complete details with example and screenshot http://www.tecgeeks.com/howtos/how-to-convert-rpm-file-into-deb-file-on-ubuntu/

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    Welcome , can you copy important things from the link to your answer ? – storm May 29 '16 at 8:57
  • -1 The OP said Alien does not work. – UniversallyUniqueID May 30 '16 at 11:49

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