I currently don't have internet access in the house which means I have to go the cafe after a fresh 11.04 install, can anyone provide a link where I can get a .deb package (amd64) of ubuntu-restricted-extras for 11.04?

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    possible duplicate of How can I install software offline? – Lekensteyn May 26 '11 at 15:15
  • As others have stated, this is a metapackage, meaning it fetches about a dozen dependant packages. If you give us some idea of which component of restricted-extras you'd like to install (Flash? MP3 playback?), however, someone could provide a link to the individual packages. – Wesley Rice May 26 '11 at 16:03
  • Since this is a metapackage, and more importantly because some of the packages installed as dependencies of ubuntu-restricted-extras themselves don't provide the actual software, but rather contain scripts to download it, this is not a duplicate of that question. – Eliah Kagan Aug 18 '12 at 21:44

Downloading the ubuntu-restricted-extras package itself wont help you much. It is actually a "meta-package", ie, a package with no "real" content, but with a list of dependencies. Thats why its size is so small.

When you try to install it, it checks the dependencies and downloads and installs them. And those are a few tens of megabytes.

So, if you want a complete offline install, i suggest this:

  • Go to any computer with internet, and use a Live CD/USB Ubuntu session. (so you have a clean OS with no extra package installed)

  • Open Synaptics (Administration -> Package Manager), use the Quick Search for ubuntu-restricted-extras

  • In the list, double-click it. On the dialog window, click Mark.

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  • Click Apply.

  • It will show a window of all the packages that must be installed. Those are the ones you need to download and install in your offline machine.

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  • Either download them manually, or check the "Download Package Files Only" checkbox. The DEBs will be downloaded to /var/cache/apt/archives

  • You can also use File -> Generate Package download script option. Create a folder for the script, save it, then run it. All DEBs will be downloaded to that folder. Copy the whole folder to a USB/DVD, then use File -> Add downloaded packages option in the offline computer.

And, VERY important: both the offline and online computers must have the SAME architecture. (meaning 32/64 bits, OS, etc). So the package downloaded in one will be the correct one for the other.

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  • There's an issue that won't be resolved by this solution: flashplugin-installer and ttf-mscorefonts-installer both need Internet access during installation, even after their respective package files have been downloaded. This is to get around stupid legal restrictions which don't allow the Flash plug-in and the Microsoft fonts to be redistributed repackaged, even though there are free of charge. I don't know how to solve this. – Flimm Jun 1 '11 at 22:12
  • @Flimm - If the internet is required at install time, there's no .DEB solution for his problem. Only unpacking-editing-repacking would do it. (thats not illegal, as you wont redistribute the new package, just install it yourself.). Anyway, 100% offline software install and maintance in Linux world is a baaaaaaad ideia in the first place. Its an bad habi... err, "inheritance" from Windows that i look forward to see gone soon. Its SO much better when the OS picks the right pagkages, based on dependeicies, architecture, etc, and install all automaticaly... – MestreLion Jun 2 '11 at 7:00
  • I've found a way to resolve this. It's a bit complicated so I've posted the solution as a separate question and answer: askubuntu.com/questions/46664/… – Flimm Jun 3 '11 at 0:15

haha,, in indonesia which have slow connection, that's first thing that we do.Just download from here

and also ,if you want to install some apps from repository ,and you don't have connection but your friend or someone does, just go here type what you want to download, and the link appears with all dependencies

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If you have an internet connection on another computer (or you could always try a library), you could always download the required gstreamer .deb packages and put them on a flash drive. Then plug the flash drive into your internet-less computer and install.

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  • It is a metapackage ,so direct copying .deb is not enough to do it – Tachyons Mar 19 '12 at 11:48
  • @tachyons Ah, I completely forgot about that. I've fixed the post. – Thomas Boxley Mar 19 '12 at 11:50

I assume you have an Internet connection somewhere that you can utilize, but just not on the Ubuntu machine.

Try Apt-Offline: http://www.debian-administration.org/article/Offline_Package_Management_for_APT

The article about restricted formats in the community documentation might help you find what you need: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

I have never tried, apt-offline, but when my Ubuntu machine was without Internet connection I used a workaround like the following one to download the packages somewhere else: http://ershadk.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/how-to-download-deb-packages-for-offline-installation-2/

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You can use the offline installer made by hacktolive.org

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Try and run sudo aptitude download ubuntu-restricted-extras on another Ubuntu 11.04 system. It should download a .deb package including all of the needed depencies. Alternatively, you can also use APTonCD.

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