Appnr - Synaptic For Your Browser (Ubuntu)

Version 1.0
Author: Falko Timme

Appnr is a web-based directory for Ubuntu packages (including the official repositories and third-party packages from Medibuntu, Google, and the Canonical Partner repository). You can use it to browse and install packages directly from your browser. It's like Synaptic for your browser.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Adding Repositories

The Appnr web site contains packages from the official Ubuntu repositories as well as from Medibuntu, Google, and the Canonical Partner repository. The third-party packages can be installed only if their repositories are listed in /etc/apt/sources.list. Therefore we add the Medibuntu, Google, and Canonical Partner repositories to /etc/apt/sources.list now.

To do this, we open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

To enable the Medibuntu repository, we do this:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

For the Google and Canonical Partner repositories, we run

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update

... and add or enable the following lines in /etc/apt/sources.list (the hardy partner lines are already in the file, but commented out, so you must uncomment them):

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb hardy partner
deb-src hardy partner

deb stable non-free

Finally, we update our package database:

sudo apt-get update


2 Installing Applications Using Appnr

Now visit and browse the directory. If you find an application that you'd like to install, click on the Install button:

Confirm your choice by clicking on Yes:

Type in your password:

Afterwards the selected application and its dependencies are being downloaded and installed:

Click on Close to finish the installation:

The selected application is now installed and ready to be used.


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By: Anonymous

What the author fails to mention is that apt-url will not prompt you to add any additional software sources (ie. repositories).  As such, at the end of the installation process outlined above, you may be unpleasantly surprised to find out you did not install the latest version available, but merely the most recent one in the Ubuntu official repositories.  There has been much talk on the Ubuntu Brainstorm website recently regarding this issue.  My idea

 attempts to address this in a way that *hopefully* will be considered.  Please feel free to visit the above link and vote on my idea.  If it gets enough votes, maybe the Ubuntu developers might think of implementing it.

By: Peter

Thanks, it worked great.

By: bazz

wow, an alternative way to install application in linux. great post

By: Anonymous

Please note the sarcasm.

By: Chris

I guess my question is- what's the point? It doesn't seem to have any additional functionality over plain synaptic, indeed it doesn't have the features that Synaptic has. It didn't pick up what I already have installed, has no obvious way to easily learn more about the packages (like depends, etc.), and is slower than Synaptic.

I guess it is a neat demonstration of technology, but IMHO it is a solution for a non existent problem (maybe the curmudgeon in me speaking).

By: Thibauld

I just wanted to point you to a site similar to appnr that we launched not long ago, it's called The goal is to provide people with absolutely no Linux knowledge with a tool that will help them search and install new applications. This is why we try to focus as much as possible on usability! Besides that, It is also a fun way to explore the Ubuntu repositories :) In case you're interested, I'd be happy to have your feedback! Thanks!