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How many times have you tried to install an awarding on Ubuntu with apt, only to observe the awarding not found in the standard repositories? And when y’all go hunting downwards a repository, in that location’s none to be had. Docker-ce is a not bad example of this. If you want to install the latest iteration of the Docker runtime engine, you can either install from the standard repository (which isn’t the latest release with all the fancy bells and whistles), or you can go through the steps to install Docker-ce manually.


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Or maybe you want to install the stable version of Chrome on Ubuntu, but don’t desire to accept to go through the process of downloading the .deb file and then using dpkg to run the installation.

At that place are at to the lowest degree two problems with the one-time method: A) it’s not equally easy as using apt and B) updating the software isn’t nigh as elementary as it is with apt. The problem with the latter method is sometimes those deb files aren’t like shooting fish in a barrel to locate.

To solve this problem, long-time Ubuntu developer and Linux champion Martin Wimpress has created a new project called deb-get to resolve this trouble that has been a thorn in Ubuntu’s side for some time.

Deb-become brings to deb packages what apt-become delivers to repositories — a simplified process for installation applications. With deb-get, yous can quickly similarly install several third-party packages every bit with apt-get. Let me show you how information technology’s done.

What you lot’ll need

To install and employ deb-get, y’all’ll need a running example of Ubuntu or an Ubuntu-based distribution and a user with sudo privileges. That’southward it. Allow’s go this deb-become party started.

How to install deb-go

Installing deb-go is very easy. Y’all’ll first need to make sure you have curl installed with the control:

sudo apt-get install curlicue -y

With ringlet added, install deb-go with this handy script:

curl -sL | sudo -East fustigate -s install deb-get

You can verify the installation with the command:

deb-become version

This will impress out the electric current version of the software which should indicate that it’southward conspicuously still in beta. Upon installation, I found deb-get to be at version 0.2.iv.

How to use deb-get

Using deb-get is very much like using apt-become. First, detect a list of available applications with the command:

sudo deb-go list

Although the listing isn’t massive, there are plenty of titles already available to install, such as:

  • 1password
  • Atom
  • azure-cli
  • Bitwarden
  • Discord
  • Docker-ce
  • Docker-desktop
  • Dropbox
  • Enpass
  • Google Chrome
  • ONLYOFFICE Desktopeditors
  • Opera
  • Powershell
  • Skype
  • Spotify
  • Slack
  • Teams

In one case y’all find a package to install, simply run the control:

sudo deb-get install Packet

Where PACKAGE is the proper noun of the package to exist installed (as shown from the
sudo deb-get listing
control). Here are other commands you can run with deb-get.

Resync package index files:

sudo deb-get update

Install the newest versions of all packages installed with deb-become:

sudo deb-go upgrade

Reinstall a bundle:

sudo deb-become reinstall Package

Where PACKAGE is the proper name of the software to be reinstalled.

Remove a parcel:

sudo deb-get remove PACKAGE

Remove a package and any configuration files left behind:

sudo deb-go purge PACKAGE

Clear the local repository of retrieved files:

sudo deb-get clean

Show details for a given parcel:

sudo deb-get testify PACKAGE

And that’s all in that location is to using the new deb-go tool, by Martin Wimpress. This easy-to-utilise addition to apt-go makes it considerably easier to install third-party applications and keep them up-to-appointment with a single command. I highly recommend making employ of deb-get on all of your Ubuntu-based Linux distributions.

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