Appnr – Install Ubuntu Applications from your Firefox browser

Installing applications in Ubuntu is getting easier and easier. First there is the command line interface, next is the Synaptic Package Manager, followed by Gnome Installer (Add/Remove). Now there is Appnr, a web based tool where you can search and install applications directly on your Firefox.

Appnr makes use of the apturl protocol to initiate the installation process. Since apturl was included as a dependency for Firefox since Ubuntu 7.10, if you are using a later version than Gutsy, you can simply click and install applications directly from For other debian based distro, you will have to install apturl:

sudo apt-get install apturl

The navigation in Appnr is easy. On the left are the categories and the respective applications on the right. There is an “Install” button on every application entry and you just click on it to install the particular application.

appnr screenshot

via UbuntuGeek

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. In the same spirit, you might want to give a try too… It’s a website we have released a few weeks ago to make it easier for newcomers to search and install the applications they need. Although the site is very young, we try to focus a lot on utilisability. We’re also looking for feedbacks to choose which area we should improve first.. so if you have any ideas, please let us know!

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