Automate Software Installation After Installing Ubuntu

What is the usual thing you do right after a fresh install of Ubuntu? In most cases, it will be sourcing your favorite applications and installing them one by one to your system. This can be a hassle if you have hundreds of applications to install. What if there were a better way to automate the installation of these applications? With a single click you will be able to install your favorite applications all at once, even for those that are not available in your package manager.

Ubuntu After Install is a simple application that does just one thing: Automates the installation of useful extra software on your Ubuntu desktop. Here is how you can automate software installation after a fresh installation of Ubuntu.


To install Ubuntu after install, simply add the following PPA (only available from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thefanclub/ubuntu-after-install

Update your repository and install the application.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-after-install

In case you are not able to add the PPA, you can install from the deb file found here (scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the deb file).

Note: It should work in other Ubuntu-based distros as well.


When you run Ubuntu After Install (UAI), you will see a list of software on the screen. All of them are checked by default unless it has already been installed.


Here is the software included in UAI:

  • Ubuntu Restricted Extra
  • VideoLAN libdvdcss2
  • Unity Tweak Tool
  • Variety wallpaper changer
  • Google Chrome
  • LibreOffice
  • Skype
  • Grive Tools
  • DropBox
  • VLC
  • XBMC
  • Radio Tray
  • Gimp
  • Darktable
  • Inkscape
  • Scribus
  • Samba
  • PDF Tools
  • OpenShot
  • Kdenlive
  • HandBrake
  • Audacity
  • Steam
  • KeePassX
  • Shutter
  • Filezilla
  • p7zip

Since all the applications are checked by default, to install the application you want, simply uncheck the application that you don’t want to install. Click the “Install Now” button to proceed.

For applications that are not in your package manager, Ubuntu After Install will fetch the PPAs, add them to your repository, update your system and install the applications. It certainly saves you the effort of doing it on your own.



You probably won’t be doing a fresh install of Ubuntu every day or month, but when you do, Ubuntu After Install is a useful tool for you to set up your desktop quickly and get back to working mode.


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.

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