I want to add some Linuxmint packages to be installed in Ubuntu 14.04LTS. How can one add the Linuxmint (any version) repositories to ubuntu (any version) ?

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    What packages are you looking for specifically? If it is Cinnamon and Nemo you want, they are in a PPA (which is safer than adding Mint repos).
    – RolandiXor
    Aug 6, 2014 at 17:17
  • @RolandiXor I am not specifically looking for one package but some good functionality to add to my Ubuntu box from some other repositories. Such like Mint-X Gtk3+ themes and some Mate Desktop environment settings
    – Amit Rane
    Aug 7, 2014 at 11:31

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I added the Linux Mint LTS release (Qiana or Mint 17) repositories to my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS by running the following commands through the terminal:

  1. Add the repository
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ qiana main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mint.list'
  1. Now run an update to retrieve information about what packages are available:
sudo apt-get update
You'll see an error in the update highlighting that public key is not available for the Linux Mint repository just added:

GPG error: http://packages.linuxmint.com qiana Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY <em>&ltSome scramble encryption number&gt</em>

  1. To avoid this, run another command to download the Linux Mint keyring:

     sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring

    It will ask your permission to download, say yes.

  2. Once downloaded, update your package database again:

sudo apt-get update

Now you'll see that the update is successful and without any error.

Once updated, we are ready to install any packages from linuxmint repositories.

  • BTW - Is it safe to use mint packages in ubuntu? mintbackup for example? would it work ok?
    – WebComer
    Dec 5, 2018 at 9:42

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