There are so many software which we installed via .deb file because official ubuntu repo has very old version of it. But I was just wondering how to update packages install via .deb file.

One particular example is sonic-visualiser The official ubuntu has 3 years old 2.5 version while the official site has 3.0.3 version


Download a newer .deb and install it just like you installed the previous one.

No, you cannot get automatic updates as part of the normal apt update && apt upgrade process; that's what repositories are for.

  • Snaps are also supposed to help with this; so consider Snaps (which if from the Ubuntu store do have a update path) – guiverc Dec 2 '17 at 11:26
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    @guiverc I am not at all familiar with Snaps, so feel free to write another answer about that. – fkraiem Dec 2 '17 at 11:33
  • my comment was for @Nipun to consider; but as the question was for .deb's a snap answer doesn't fit – guiverc Dec 2 '17 at 12:04

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