I have been trying to install PCL for linux on Ubuntu 14.10: http://pointclouds.org/downloads/linux.html

So far, I have done the first two steps,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:v-launchpad-jochen-sprickerhof-de/pcl
sudo apt-get update

But it fails on the third:

$ sudo apt-get install libpcl-all
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package libpcl-all

What can I do to solve this problem? I have looked online, but all the existing threads do not seem to have a working resolution.

2 Answers 2


Install libpcl1, it's in the Ubuntu repositories:

sudo apt-get install libpcl1

Or as @Fabby said, compile your own version:

sudo apt-get install git
git clone [email protected]:PointCloudLibrary/pcl.git
cd pcl
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..

Note the missing development libraries, eg:

-- checking for module 'eigen3'
--   package 'eigen3' not found
-- checking for module 'flann>=1.7.0'
--   package 'flann>=1.7.0' not found

and install the development libraries with, eg:

sudo apt-get install libeigen3-dev
sudo apt-get install libflann-dev

Start the compiler with make


And install

  • the classic way make install

    sudo make install
  • with checkinstall

    sudo apt-get install checkinstall
    sudo checkinstall
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    libpcl1 is Portable Coroutine Library, not Point Cloud Library.
    – KalEl
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 4:15

Because for your version of Ubuntu this library does not exist in this PPA.

To solve this, you need to build from source instead.

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    – Fabby
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 1:47
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    He, this is a link only answer =P =)
    – A.B.
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 15:26

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