Debian users have a kind of "wayback machine": snapshot.debian.org , which is really great.

There are regressions sometimes, and if I don't have local deb package with old version, I'm getting sad sometimes. Having a wayback machine like this is very helpful.

I can't find analogue of it for Ubuntu. Have I missed it?

  • There does appear to be a http://snapshot.ubuntu.com/ link - though it looks like it was for Ubuntu 7.10/8.04 only...
    – Wilf
    Jul 19 '14 at 14:00
  • Maybe distrowatch.com/index.php?distribution=ubuntu works for you. Dec 18 '15 at 5:19
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    snapshot.ubuntu.com seems to be a completely different quality than snapshot.debian.org. snapshot.ubuntu.com only contains a handful manually-made snapshots from 2008 while snapshot.debian.org virtually contains snapshots for every second since 2005-03-12 Jan 28 '16 at 13:58

Unfortunately there is no current exact equivalent. However, Launchpad does keep all the historical data required, and you can access this directly.

For example, for the package hello:

  • Go to the Launchpad package page: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/hello
  • From here, you can View full publishing history.
  • From this page you can work out exactly what version was published for a given release at a particular time you're interested in.
  • Click on the version string. This gives you the information Launchpad holds relating to that particular version.
  • You can download the sources for this particular version from this page.
  • From here, click on your architecture in the Builds section on the right. The release stated here relates to the release the build was performed on, not necessarily the release the version was published in, so won't worry about the release stated.
  • You can get download the debs from the "Built files" section at the bottom, and even see the build log.


Then browse through the system to find the package you want.

You can also downgrade through apt-get but I haven't done this myself so please google elsewhere how to do that.


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