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How To Install .deb Files on Ubuntu Linux

Although it is easy to install software on Ubuntu Linux systems, there are still some problems that new users may face when trying to download and install “.deb” packages. Unmet dependencies can create issues for those who are not familiar with the process, but once you understand how it works, it should be no problem. This is a step-by-step guide on installing deb packages on Ubuntu and what to do if you run into unmet dependencies.

How to Install deb Packages on Ubuntu Linux

The below list provides the best and easiest ways to install deb packages.

  • Download the program and click on it.
  • Using gdebi
  • dpkg – Debian Package Management System
  • apt to install packages

1. Double-click the downloaded .deb file

The quickest and simplest method to install a .deb package on an Ubuntu or Debian system is by double-clicking the downloaded file. There’s no need for users to do anything else; after they download the desired .deb file, they can just double-click it. Then, the application will open in the software center with an Install button visible. Once users click that button, installation is complete.

2. Using gdebi

gdebi is one of the best ways to install deb files on Ubuntu Linux. I prefer this system because it collects all dependencies before installing the main .deb file and because gdebi will try to remove dependency errors while performing an installation.

Before you go installing the deb file, it is best to install gdebi onto your system. Gdebi is available for both the Terminal/Shell and GUI – Graphical User Interface ways. By installing through gdebi, it will be more efficient and faster compared to the Ubuntu software center.

  • Installing gdebi

Run the following command into the Terminal to install gdebi.

sudo apt install gdebi-core
  • Install .deb packages with gdebi
sudo gdebi /path/to/filename.deb


sudo gdebi google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb

3.  dpkg – Debian Package Management System

Installing a deb package through dpkg is a bit for advanced users but the most reliable one.

  • Install a package

To install a deb file, open the Terminal and run the following command:

sudo dpkg -i .deb


sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb
  • Resolve Dependency Errors

Run the below command if you get any dependency errors. It will fix all the errors.

sudo apt-get install -f
  • Remove the application

If you want to uninstall software, run the command into the Terminal.

dpkg -r packagename.deb
  • To Reconfigure/Repair the deb installation
sudo dpkg-reconfigure packagename

4. Apt to install packages ( apt-get tool )

There is another way to install deb files on the Ubuntu system, which is an apt-get tool.

sudo apt install ./name.deb

(./ if in current dir) or (/path/to/package/name.deb)

If your Ubuntu system is old enough, you’ll need to move the deb file into it. The above command will download any dependencies required when running in the Terminal.

Final Thought

Debian or .deb packages are the executable files that can be installed on Ubuntu. Users can install any deb files onto the Ubuntu Linux system if they want. Most modern “apt-get” can install the deb packages, but the most reliable and simple way is to follow dpkg or gdebi installer.

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.


  1. It is not at all like you write. I click the .deb-file and opens up files that I have to extract and when I have extracted them all I have is some more files to admire.


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