Ubuntu – What are PPAs and how to use them

ppa

I keep reading about Personal Package Archives ('PPAs') and people answer questions with a link to a PPA. What's the best way to use these?


There are multiple valid answers for this question spanning over several versions of Ubuntu. For your convenience, an index of each is below.


Best Answer

  • For Ubuntu 11.04 and newer

    Before adding a PPA you should be aware of some of the risks involved:

    Always remember that PPAs are provided by the community, you should be aware of the possible risks before just adding a PPA.

    • First open the dash by either clicking on the Home button (On the top-left Corner) or pressing the Super Key .

      enter image description here

    • Search for 'Software Center' and launch the Ubuntu software center.

      enter image description here

    • Move the mouse to the top panel where the name of the application is written.

    • Now Go to the Edit menu and select Software Sources.

      enter image description here

    For newer versions, right click and click Software and Updates enter image description here

    Then, click Other Software, enter image description here

    • Enter your password when prompted.

      enter image description here

    • Switch to the 'Other Software' tab.

      enter image description here

    • Now click 'Add', a box will appear.

      enter image description here

    • You have to enter the PPA in the box. It can be found in BOLD on the launchpad page.

      enter image description here

      enter image description here

    • Now click 'Add source' and close the Software Sources. The cache will be refreshed

      enter image description here

    • Now install the software from the software center.

      enter image description here