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APTURL(8) System Manager’s Manual APTURL(8)


apturl – graphical apt-protocol interpreting package installer


apturl [options…]


apturl is a simple graphical application that takes an URL (following
the apt-protocol) as a command line option, parses it and carries out
the operations that the URL describes (that is, it asks the user if he
wants the indicated packages to be installed and if the answer is posi‐
tive does so).

apturl just needs an URL conforming with the apt-protocol in order to
work. Additionally, it recognizes the following options:

-p, –http-proxy
Use the given HTTP proxy in order to download the packages.

apturl apt:pidgin,pidgin-plugin-pack
Installs Pidgin and Pidgin Plugin Pack (if the user confirms).

apturl apt:freevial?section=universe
Enables the “universe” component and installs package Freevial.

apturl apt:adobe-flashplugin?channel=lucid-partner
Enables the “partner” repository and installs package adobe-
flashplugin. Available repositories are listed in

apturl apt+http://launchpad.net/~mvo/ppa?package=2vcard
Installs 2vcard from the indicated PPA (if the user confirms),
and afterward asks if the PPA should be removed again or it
should remain enabled.
Warning: This is currently disabled because of security con‐

0 All requested packages have been successfully installed or were
already installed.

1 The user aborted the installation of one or more packages.

2 There was an error doing the requested operations, or the user
aborted the installation while Synaptic (and not apturl itself)
was working.

3 The arguments with which apturl was called were incorrect (e.g.,
it was called without any argument or the given URL was wrong).


Please report any bug on https://bugs.launch‐



apturl was written by Michael Vogt for Canon‐
ical, Ltd. and this manual page by Siegfried-A. Gevatter

It is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2 or any
later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

September 01, 2008 APTURL(8)