I’m running Ubuntu 14.04. When I run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

I get the following error:

sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found

I tried to run

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

but it shows:

software-properties-common is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
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    This is an old post, and maybe the OP no longer cares! However did you try sudo apt install software-properties-common --reinstall? May 17, 2019 at 10:05

3 Answers 3


For Ubuntu 14.04 or later you need to install the software-properties-common package:

sudo apt install software-properties-common

I found the solution in this blog: Ubuntu Server 14.4 (Trusty Tahr) – add-apt-repository: command not found

  • That worked for me as well on Debian but only after running "apt-get update" could I install any new ppas.
    – Hagbard
    Jan 13, 2021 at 15:29

If you are using an older release of Ubuntu, i.e. before 12.10, it is necessary to install the package python-software-properties.

sudo apt install python-software-properties
  • I had this issue on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. This fixed it, but I had to also reboot the server after installing. Aug 15, 2019 at 10:45
  • This solved it for me on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. software-properties-common was already installed.
    – kap
    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:55
  • This solved it for me on Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS, as software-properties-common was already installed. Aug 28, 2020 at 0:18

Run sudo apt-get update

Then sudo apt install software-properties-common -y

Now, you can use sudo add-apt-repository

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