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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