Are there any graphical tools for creating ubuntu/debian packages?

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Yes, there's Ubucompiler:, but development has ceased:

Screenshot

Description:

An easy software to ubuntu, debian, linux mint to compile, make, install and create a .deb package

On the other hand, on this wepupd8.org page, a critic of Ubucompiler reads as follows:

Ubucompilator does not add the necessary Build-Depends to the Debian control file so yes, the .deb package can be created with Ubucompilator, but you cannot use the source code to say Launchpad so it can be build for different architectures, etc. Also, the packages are not signed and so on, so that's not the proper way of creating a .deb file

  • Ubucompiler depends on gambas2 which was superseded by gambas3 in current Ubuntu distributions. The project has last seen any action back in 2010, so while it might have been an option back then, it should probably be considered obsolete and broken today. – ssc Jul 30 '15 at 9:38

GiftWrap is another option.

You could try debomatic. It's already in Ubuntu's package archives:

sudo apt-get install debomatic

It provides a simple tool to automate build of source packages with limited user interaction and a simple configuration. It has some useful features such as automatic update of pbuilder, automatic scan and selection of source packages to build and modules support.

It is meant to help developers to build their packages without worrying too much of compilation, since it will run in background and no user feedback is required during the whole process.

The project is developed by a Ubuntu developer: https://launchpad.net/debomatic

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    There is nothing graphical about debomatic, nor does it help with creating the packaging... It's more of a build daemon/repository. – andrewsomething Oct 29 '10 at 21:46

Check out Ubucompilator in its updated version 1.0 beta. A short usage introduction video can be found here: http://www.webupd8.org/2010/10/ubucompilator-easy-deb-creator-10-beta.html

  • This seems like a great start. However, if you don't already know how to do the packaging manually, the interface is baffling. – belacqua Feb 9 '11 at 19:44

Also you should check Debreate

Description:

Debreate is a utility to aid in building Debian packages (.deb). The goal is to make packaging for Debian based Linux distributions more appealing with an easy to use interface for creating distributable archives of applications, artwork, media, and more. Control dialog for Debreate

Features:

  • Changelog editor Script editor (pre-install, post-install, pre-remove, post-remove);
  • System menu launcher editor;
  • Dependencies, pre-depends, conflicts, breaks, suggests, recommends, enhances, and replaces editor;
  • md5checksum;
  • Building a package from a preexisting build tree.

Opendesktop.org link

I am using for my CarMusTy distribution.

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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Ringtail Dec 12 '12 at 5:40

There's deb-creator: Screenshot from https://sourceforge.net/projects/deb-creator/

Description:

Deb-Creator is a tool to quickly create Debian packages. The program provides a simple graphical user interface written in C++ using Qt Creator. It uses the dpkg command in Linux to build the final Debian package.

Features:

  • Automatically generates control file (completed)
  • Allows you to manually edit control file (complete)
  • Uses dpkg to build Debian packages (complete)
  • Converts RPM packages to Debian packages using Alien (not done)
  • Convert Debian packages to RPM (not done)
  • Create md5sums (not done)

There's Debianpackagemaker, but development has ceased: Instal Structure tab Log tab

Description:

A simple and straight forward debian package maker. DebianPackageMaker is a simple user interface/tool to make a debian package easier and straightforward to use and deploy your linux application to any debian based distro.

You can build debian packages using two modes:

Target Mode

  • Manually specify the installation directory and the files to be installed in the target installation directory.

Source Mode

  • Debian Package Maker will configure the source for you, compile them and then build a package using the target rules.
  • Configure/autogen scripts and Makefile/rules is required for DPM to automate the whole process for you.

Provides user interface for package information that will be used as control file to create a debian based package.

It also provides a different tabs for adding package relations:

  • Dependencies
  • Pre-dependencies
  • Recommends
  • Suggests
  • Breaks
  • Conflicts
  • Replaces
  • Provides

Can add scripts like postins, changelogs, etc, and it's straight forward to use.

You could check Deb Cup.

Deb Cup is a GUI tool for creating deb packages and uploading to a PPA.

  • You could improve your answer in various ways; describe its advantages, list essential steps, add a link to the ppa. – J. Starnes Nov 8 '17 at 4:09

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