I'm using ubuntu 16.04 LTS. I tried to install quickly for creating ubuntu apps. But it is saying unable to locate package. I followed the instructions given in this link https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Quickly and then tried this

sudo apt-get install quickly quickly-ubuntu-template

but still it is saying unable to locate package quickly. What to do now. Is there any other cool software to build ubuntu apps like quickly?


2 Answers 2


Quickly is no longer available on any Linux distribution past Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Therefore, it is (unfortunately) uninstallable in newer distributions.

You could use something like Illumination Software Creator to make programs. Alternatively, you can just learn how to program in Java and/or C++, which is slightly more involved than these software creators, but they can create far better results.


quick and dirty solution

I downloaded and installed four quickly_12.08.1.deb Built files in Ubuntu 16.04 from:



I installed the four above using gdebi. I also needed gedit, glade and glade-gtk2

that enables:

quickly create ubuntu-application foobar
quickly run
quickly design
quickly edit

note: you must be in foobar folder to run, design and edit.

to get quickly package to run I had to install these:-

apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake autotools-dev dh-make debhelper devscripts fakeroot xutils lintian pbuilder

it's not pretty but it works and produces functioning .deb applications that can be installed and removed using gdebi.

alternative option: run Ubuntu 14.04.3 in a virtual machine (I used VirtualBox),then load 'quickly' as normal:-

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install quickly quickly-ubuntu-template

Note: you can then produce a .deb package from Ubuntu 14.04 that also works in 16.04 (I used gdebi to install and remove them)

Also: I needed to install vbox-guest-additions of the same revision as my host app to get full screen resolution.

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