Is there a repository containing packages for old versions of gcc, for the latest Ubuntu. I want to install gcc3 alongside gcc 4, for programs that need gcc3 specifically.

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You can use debian snapshots. Add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb     http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20070730T000000Z/ lenny main
deb-src http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20070730T000000Z/ lenny main
deb     http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian-security/20070730T000000Z/ lenny/updates main
deb-src http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian-security/20070730T000000Z/ lenny/updates main

Now do

$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install g++-3.4

And you're set!

This works for many other old packages, make sure you select the correct timestamp, look for the correct one at snapshots.debian website.

  • I get this error after installing and trying to compile a program. Can you help me with this?
    – Phani
    Nov 8, 2014 at 4:11
  • @Phani not sure. Did you install all g++-3.4's dependencies? Nov 9, 2014 at 9:24
  • How do I do that? I installed build-essential using apt-get.
    – Phani
    Nov 14, 2014 at 23:09
  • Add the debian snapshot repository. You might want to check out a tutorial how to add repositories to debian. Nov 16, 2014 at 9:37
  • What happened after you followed the steps in the answer? Nov 16, 2014 at 9:37

Or alternatively to the Debian snapshots Elazar posted in his answer, you can use the Ubuntu package repositories for the older Ubuntu releases: http://packages.ubuntu.com

Add them to the /etc/apt/sources.list as Elazar already described:

deb     http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe

The Hardy Universe repository is the one that contains gcc-3.4.


You can add gcc-4.4 (or any version between 4.4 and 8) on Ubuntu 16.04 via the (Toolchain test builds PPA)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install gcc-4.4

As an aside, if you need to emulate gcc-4.4 on RH6, build your target program with

make CC="gcc-4.4 -U_FORTIFY_SOURCE"
  • 1
    No, this doesn't work on modern ubuntu, apt can't find any new gcc versions, other then those available before.
    – stiv
    Feb 12, 2020 at 17:00

For 4.2.3 I had to add

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security main

to my /etc/apt/sources.list

Reference1, Reference2


For GCC 3.4 the correct source url is as below, since the old ones are moved into old-releases.ubuntu.com. Thanks to @Ignitor for the main pointer



for breezy, dapper, edgy, feisty, gutsy, hardy etc

    deb     http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
    deb-src http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe

from xenial

    apt update
    apt install gcc-3.4

gcc-3.3 is available in all current stable releases (In lucid, it is available in lucid-backports)

List of binaries available per release

You can see the above list with the following commands:

Source package list:

rmadison gcc-3.3

Source and binary list:

rmadison gcc-3.3 -S

Here is how to install the old GCC versions on Bionic (18.04).

For GCC 4.4 and 4.6:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty main'
sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty universe'
sudo apt install gcc-4.4 gcc-4.6

For GCC 4.7 and 4.9:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial main'
sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial universe'
sudo apt install gcc-4.7 gcc-4.9

And GCC 4.8 is already available:

sudo apt install gcc-4.8

On Ubuntu 18.04, I did:

sudo apt install gcc-opt

to install gcc-3.3, gcc-3.4, and gcc-4.0


  • This package only installs symlinks named gcc-3.3, gcc-3.4, and gcc-4.0. Jun 14, 2020 at 15:22

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