Questions tagged [software-installation]

Installing software on a running system, either as binaries or from source.

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How do I install a .deb file via the command line?

How do I install a .deb file via the command line?
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How do I resolve unmet dependencies after adding a PPA?

Occasionally, when I'm installing stuff, I get an error like the following: Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the ...
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How do I install a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) file?

I have downloaded tar.gz files. But I don't know how to install it. How do I install this kind of file?
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How to install Google Chrome

How do you install Google Chrome on Ubuntu?
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How can I install Sun/Oracle's proprietary Java JDK 6/7/8 or JRE?

I want to install Oracle's JRE and to update to the latest version with the Software Updater when they released. Is there a Ubuntu package that is provided by Canonical or Oracle? Before release Java ...
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How do I install Sublime Text 2/3?

I installed Sublime Text 2 on 12.04 as per this tutorial. However I don't have adequate permissions when launching the program from the Unity launcher. For example I cannot install packages, or if I ...
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How do I install Python 3.6 using apt-get?

I've tried the normal way, sudo apt-get install python3.6, but... well... that didn't work. So, how would I go about it? (I'd preferably not build it on my own) I'm using Ubuntu 16.04.
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How to install specific version of some package? [duplicate]

My questions are divided into two parts: How to know the version of installed package? How to install a specific package version?
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Installing Broadcom Wireless Drivers

I'm having serious problems installing the Broadcom drivers for Ubuntu. It worked perfectly on my previous version, but now, it is impossible. What are the steps to install Broadcom wireless drivers ...
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How can I accept the Microsoft EULA agreement for ttf-mscorefonts-installer?

After a recent update, ttf-mscorefonts-installer prompted me to accept its license agreement. ┌─────────────────┤ Configuring ttf-mscorefonts-installer ├─────────────────┐ │ ...
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Is FFmpeg missing from the official repositories in 14.04?

I tried to install ffmpeg in trusty/Ubuntu 14.04 and got the following message: $sudo apt-get install ffmpeg Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information......
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How to add "Open terminal here" to Nautilus' context menu?

I am working on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I want to add "Open terminal here" to Nautilus context or right-click menu but it tries to download 32bit version from Internet.
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How do I install .run files?

My PC has both Ubuntu and Windows 7 installed. I have installed all my drivers in Windows like Nvidia graphics, motherboard etc. Shall I install them in Ubuntu too? I looked on the web for my Nvidia ...
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Error sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found

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 ...
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When installing user applications, where do "best practices" suggest they be located?

Occasionally I install applications manually, rather than using apt or another package manager. What location (/usr/, /usr/local/, /opt/, /home/, etc.) is suggested by "best practices" for the ...
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How to install the latest versions of NodeJS and NPM?

I noticed over at the website that node is currently at v 0.12.0. Can someone let me know how to install the latest version of node together with npm (terminal commands please)?
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Installed Teamviewer using a 64-bit system, but I get a dependency error

I was trying to install Teamviewer, but I was getting a dependency error. I tried to install the required packages, but with no luck. I'm getting this error: Unpacking teamviewer (from ...
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How do I install the latest version of cmake from the command line?

I am trying to install latest cmake in my linux box and I am always getting the below exception - userName@phx5qa01c-4e23:~/build$ wget --2013-10-...
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How to install Eclipse?

I want to install the latest version of Eclipse but the Ubuntu Software Centre contains an older version. Is there a PPA or some other way to install latest Eclipse? Please describe the steps for ...
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How to install Oracle Java on Ubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, x64 architecture, and I specifically need to install Oracle Java. Now I know there are some instructions on the website which I follow but the same website does not ...
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How do I install a different Python version using apt-get?

How can I install a different version of Python using apt-get? Obviously I realise I can install using the source tar ball, however I would prefer not to install from source and instead use the ...
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How to install and configure Wine?

I am looking for a step by step instruction to guide me in the ways of installing, configuring and debugging many of the issues new users have when dealing with Wine in Ubuntu. What is the ...
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How to install Chrome browser properly via command line?

I am trying to install chrome browser via command line. I tried this: $ apt-cache search chrome browser The results show that the proper term is "chrome-browser," so I tried that: $ sudo apt-get ...
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How can I install a package without root access?

I have no root access on this machine. I would like to know if there is a way I can download Ubuntu packages and install them as non-root? Probably in my ~/bin or ~/usr/share or something like that? ...
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How do I install the latest Python 2.7.X or 3.X on Ubuntu?

I want to install the latest Python tarball on Ubuntu, downloaded from Is this is a correct way to install? ./configure make make install If not, how do I do that?
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How can I install and use powerline plugin?

Powerline is a plug-in to display informational and beautiful statusline for vim, tmux and shell prompt for bash, zsh. Vim statusline: How can I install and setup Powerline for different ...
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How do I install Java?

How do I install Java, including in my browser, so websites with Java work?
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How to set default Java version?

I followed all the instructions stated at this question, but am encountering some problems with the last part of it. I actually have version 6.22 of java and would like to update to version 6.30. So ...
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How do I install the latest version of node.js?

How do I install the latest node.js on Ubuntu? I've been looking around, and I can't find anything. Is there a Ubuntu package for node.js, or do I have to compile it myself?
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dpkg error: "trying to overwrite file, which is also in..."

For example: $ sudo apt-get install curl Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these: The ...
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How do I install Visual Studio Code?

I just downloaded VSCode-linux-x64 from the Microsoft website. It's a 62 MB zip file. How can I install it on my Ubuntu system?
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How to install

I have a Nvidia Ge force Ge6150 SE graphics card. I am running ubuntu 12.04. When I try to install the .run file it fails. It shows the message like this: I tried to install it after uninstalling ...
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How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME?

I followed the instructions for compiling GNOME Shell and it did compile with a few errors here and there but it didn't run. I installed GNOME Shell using sudo apt-get install gnome-shell but I got ...
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How do I use the latest GCC on Ubuntu?

I want to compile my program with the latest version of gcc. Ubuntu 14.04 comes with gcc 4.8.2, however there's 4.9.0 available, moreover, I see that it is available as a package: gcc-4.9. I tried to ...
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What is the correct way to install proprietary ATI Catalyst Video Drivers (fglrx) directly from AMD?

I am planning on doing a fresh install of Ubuntu and want to know what is the correct way to install ATI Catalyst Video Driver? There are multiple valid answers for this question spanning over ...
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How to install Skype 4.3? [duplicate]

Note: The legacy Skype for Linux application (v4.*) is now discontinued and was removed from Canonical’s partner repositories, so this question and its answers are obsolete. Please refer to a newer ...
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Where to install programs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best place to install user apps? I've downloaded a .tar.gz and ran sudo sh It's asking me where to install the program to. I don't want it cluttering ...
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Can I see why a package is installed?

For a specific package, can I find out why it is installed? So, can I see or it's manually installed, or that it is installed as a dependency of another package? Or that it is installed as part of ...
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How can I install pdftk in Ubuntu 18.04 and later?

Is there any chance of getting pdftk working in Ubuntu 18.04? I need this for creating PDF files with a watermark in shell. Or, does anybody know a working alternative to pdftk to generate a PDF ...
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How can I install Adobe AIR?

I am a heavy user of certain applications that are built on AIR. It appears that AIR has discontinued support for Linux. Even the older versions in the Adobe AIR Archives seem to support only 32 bit ...
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How do I install svn?

I am trying to install svn and am running into issues. The command I am running is sudo apt-get install svn. When I run this, I get the error "Unable to locate package svn". Why is this? How do I ...
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Complete Installation Guide for Android SDK / ADT Bundle on Ubuntu

What all needs to be done to install Android SDK / ADT Bundle on Ubuntu? Each of the steps in the answer was found on some different forum as I encountered obstacles getting started with my Android ...
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How do I install the latest stable version of Firefox?

I want to install the latest Firefox on my Ubuntu (64bit) box. What is the best way to do this? Is there a specific update site or should I download the binaries manually? If doing manually, in which ...
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How to install VirtualBox from command line?

I am a newbie. For some reasons, I need to install Virtualbox. I see that I can easily install it using the Software Center, but I trust most the apt-get install way, because I find it safer, less ...
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Unable to install "<PACKAGE>": snap "<PACKAGE>" has "install-snap" change in progress

I just finished the installation of the Ubuntu 18.04, but whenever I try to install any application from Ubuntu Software the same error occurs (for example "vlc"): unable to install "vlc": snap "...
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How to install 'add-apt-repository' using the terminal? [duplicate]

I want to install: add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testin It is showing: The program add-apt-repository is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-get install python-software-...
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How to install .bundle packages in Ubuntu?

I've recently downloaded a package with .bundle extension. it's VMware-Player-6.0.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle. I want to install vmware-player, but when I open that, it opens with text editor.
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How do I install Skype?

I want to install Skype, but I can't locate it in Software Center or by using Synaptic Package Manager. Can anyone help me?
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How can I check dependency list for a deb package

How can I check dependency list for a deb package. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and I have backed up all deb packages from var/cache/apt/archives. I want to format my pc and re-install selected ...
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