How do I install the StackExchange Data Dump Viewer?

  • Firstly open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).

  • Install Bazaar (bzr) and other required dependencies by pasting this (Ctrl+Shift+V) in the terminal:

    sudo apt-get install bzr qt4-qmake libqt4-dev libqtwebkit-dev
  • Get all the code:

    bzr branch lp:aubrowser
  • Now navigate into the directory:

    cd aubrowser
  • Now compile the code:

  • Now start the conversion wizard:

  • A window will open. Paste data/posts.xml then follow through the wizard.

    Wizard screenshot

  • Now close the terminal, open Nautilus and browse to the aubrowser folder inside your home folder and run the AskUbuntuBrowser file (by double clicking on it).


  • Tada!

    StackExchange Data Dump Viewer Screenshot


See the readme in the installation file. 1st part:

StackExchange Data Dump Browser is a small Qt-based application 
designed to make it easy to view the contents of StackExchange data dumps 
when you have no active Internet connection.

Building the application (the easy way):

1. Open a terminal and navigate to the root directory of the repository.
2. Type `./compile_everything`
3. Run `convert/convert` to run the conversion wizard. 
When prompted for the location of the data dump files, enter 'data/posts.xml'.

Here you can find the package.

  • 2
    Well the author forgot to mention the dependencies and how to get the code . – Lincity May 6 '11 at 8:24
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    Indeed he did! tsk tsk. Excellent answer alaukik. – Rinzwind May 6 '11 at 9:28
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    @Alaukik: Oops :) Good answer, though. – Nathan Osman May 10 '11 at 17:39

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