Install new software in Ubuntu easy

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synaptic logoThankfully to community developers there are at least four ways to install software in Ubuntu. In this post I will describe the easiest ways to get some new application installed: using Synaptic Package Manager, Ubuntu Software Center, Gdebi and aptitude way (command line).

Synaptic Package Manager

This is the graphical tool to fetch and install software through Ubuntu software channels also known as software sources. Synaptic Package Manager shows the list of software available in those sources and allows Ubuntu user to install in a few clicks.

1. Go to Ubuntu main menu –> Synaptic Package Manager and browse through categories to find necessary application or use Quick Search:

synaptic abiword

2. You can mark for installation many applications and install all of them by pressing Apply button — in a few minutes Ubuntu will download and install applications marked for installation as well as all necessary libraries and dependencies.

Ubuntu Software Center

The easiest way to install software is using Ubuntu Software Center. This tool is extremely easy for Ubuntu newbies and makes it possible to install apps even easier than Synaptic Package Manager — just in one click.

1. Go to Ubuntu main menu and select Ubuntu software Center:

Ubuntu Software Center

2. Browse through categories to find the application you’re going to install, here is an example:

Ubuntu Software Center

3. Press Install button when ready to install selected application. While Ubuntu downloads and installs the software you can browse applications categories and put more applications into installation turn (select Get Free Software for this):

Ubuntu Software Center


Ubuntu software comes as .deb binary packages which can be installed using graphical tool Gdebi or via command line (this is described a bit later in this post). Let’s imagine you’ve downloaded picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb package from and stored it into your Desktop. Gdebi comes with Ubuntu by default and .deb files are associated with it from the beginning so just double click downloaded .deb package. Press Install button in opened window to proceed with the installation:

Package Installer - picasa

aptitute command line tool

Aptitude is command line package manager meaning that you have to run it in terminal.

1. Go to Ubuntu main menu –> Accessories –> Terminal to open Gnome terminal window. In opened terminal window type sudo aptitude command and press return to start it:

2. Browse through applications and select some package pressing ‘+’ key on it:

3. You can select multiple packages but once finished press ‘g’ key two times to go on with the installation:

In a few minutes Ubuntu will download and install selected software.

You can also install certain application using aptitude by command (realplayer is just an example):

sudo aptitude install realplayer

P.S. Here is the command to install downloaded .deb file in command line:

sudo dpkg -i someapplication.deb

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Posted on July 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm

a word about picasa:

it's not a linux native app,

it's the only app google still develops only for windows and uses a special way of packaging it with wine.

until a native app, to protest against this method i'm using f-spot, i only upload to picasaweb from it.

google should be ashame for this


Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for the article, really informative.


Posted on February 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

What version of Ubuntu Software Centre do you show here? Mine looks very different!

There are some things which you can do with Synaptic, but cannot do with USC! Say, old kernel removal.

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Posted on March 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

ubuntu is the best easy and safe

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Posted on October 17, 2011 at 12:44 am

I have used Synaptic many times to remove old kernels after installation of new kernels. Its extremely easy to do. You do need to know, of course, the kernel version you're removing. If you use Ubuntu (not Kubuntu) you can use ubuntutweak as well to cleanly remove an old kernel. If you're really brave and have some idea of what you're doing you can also use bleachbit as well.


Posted on October 17, 2011 at 2:02 am

synaptic package manager is not anymore installed on ubuntu 11.10 by default, they removed it .. if we want or simply miss it // $ sudo apt-get install synaptic // that’s it!

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Thanks man. I was looking for a tutorial on how to install software in ubuntu


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