Ubuntu · Installing RPM packages

Ubuntu · Installing RPM packages


Note: This was tested on 12.04, but should work for later versions as well.

So you have an .rpm package downloaded but have no clue how to convert it to .deb format and install on your Ubuntu? No worries, there’s a quick and simple solution to that problem.

First you need to install a few software packages that help you convert .rpm to .deb. Those are: alien, dpkg-dev, debhelper, build-essential.

Open your Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update

That step helps pull in the latest required software repositories. Check on this site on more about software updates in Ubuntu.

Installation of the required packages:

sudo apt-get install alien dpkg-dev debhelper build-essential

Now you can do the conversion. From the same Terminal window, go to your Downloads directory (or wherever you downloaded the RPM package to). Execute like this:


When that’s done, you’ll have a .deb file with the same name. You can either double-click the newly created installation file from the file browser or simply install it from the Terminal:

sudo dpkg -i YOUR_INSTALLATION_name.deb