How Do You Install an RPM Package?


Quick Answer

Use the Alien utility and the DPKG management tool to install an RPM package on your computer. You need a Debian-based distribution, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint, and an RPM package to complete the process.

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  1. Download an RPM package

    Download an RPM package from a site of your choice. Save it to your Home folder for quick access.

  2. Open the Terminal

    Click the Terminal icon in the Ubuntu Unity launcher, or use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-T to launch the Terminal.

  3. Install Alien

    Type "sudo apt-get install alien dpkg-dev debhelper build-essential" without quotes in the Terminal. Supply your password if prompted. Wait for the installation to complete.

  4. Convert the RPM package

    Type "sudo alien packagename.rpm" without quotes in the Terminal to convert the RPM package to a Debian format. Type your password if necessary to start the process.

  5. Install the package

    Type "sudo dpkg -i packagename.deb" without quotes in the Terminal window to install the package using the DPKG utility, an internal management tool in Ubuntu. Provide your password if prompted. If the installation fails, or you cannot open the file after installation, the RPM package is not compatible with your system. Search for a compatible DEB file to install on your Debian-based system.

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