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How can I install purchases manually, on the command line?

Sometimes it is necessary to install purchased software without using Software Center. This may happen because of a bug in Software Center, because you may be using a non-standard desktop, or perhaps because you just prefer the older ways of doing things on a command line.

To install a purchase manually, follow these steps:

  1. Install the package's signing key.

  2. Get the 'deb' line for your purchase from your subscription list. Click the title of the application from the list; the next page should display the 'deb' line.

  3. Copy/paste the 'deb' line into /etc/apt/sources.list or into a new file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mypackage.list

  4. Run sudo apt-get update

  5. Run apt-cache search mypackage to find the exact package name. Or, copy the package name from the deb line above.

  6. Run sudo apt-get install mypackage to install the software.

Alternately, you can navigate to your PPA subscription list on your profile at https://launchpad.net/ , browse to the package archives, then manually download the package files and install them with dpkg.

Pay/FAQs/Manual_Install (last edited 2012-07-03 23:49:11 by toykeeper)