5 of the Best Places to Find DEBs Packages for Debian-Based Linux Distros

Debian-based Linux distributions have one thing going for them: superior software selection for users. When it comes to making software for Linux, all the big companies target this type of Linux distribution first. Often some developers don’t even bother to make packages for other types of Linux distributions and only make DEB packages.

However, just because many developers target these types of Linux distros doesn’t mean that its users never have problems finding software. Most Debian and Ubuntu users will find themselves hunting down DEB packages on the Internet.

It is because of this we’ve decided to make an article that covers the five best websites to find DEB packages for Debian-based Linux distributions. This way users will be able to more easily find the software they need instead of wasting time searching all over the Internet.

Launchpad is the largest Debian-based package repository on the Internet. Why? It’s where PPAs live! Canonical created this service so that any developer (big or small) could use it and easily distribute their packages to Ubuntu users.

Unfortunately, not all Debian-based Linux distributions are Ubuntu. However, just because your Linux distro doesn’t use PPAs doesn’t mean that this service is useless. Launchpad makes it very possible to directly download any Debian package for installation.

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Aside from Launchpad, Pkgs.org is probably the largest place to find Debian packages on the Internet. If a Linux user is in need of a deb and can’t find it in their distribution’s’ package repository, it is very likely to be found on this website.

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Getdeb is a project specific to Ubuntu that hosts the latest software for the newest Ubuntu release. This makes it a great place to find Debian package files. Especially if the user is on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and the many other Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. Furthermore, these packages may even work on Debian as well!

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Even though this website claims to be “the search engine for Linux RPM packages,” strangely, it can search for DEB packages, too. If you’ve tried to find a certain DEB package and have looked everywhere, perhaps it would be a good idea to also check RPM Seek, as it might have exactly what you need.

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The Open SUSE build service is one of the most famous software building tools for Linux. With it, developers can easily take their code and package it for many different Linux distributions. As a result the package search for the OSB allows users to download DEB files.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that a lot of developers choose to distribute their software with the OSB because it can easily generate RPMs, DEBs, etc. If a user is in need of a DEB and is coming up short, the Open SUSE Build service is a great place to look.

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Finding packages for Linux distributions can be tedious and at times frustrating. This is why it’s nice to know that there are websites out there that users of Debian-based Linux distributions can visit to get the software they need.

Do you know a great place to find Debian packages? Let us know below!

11 comments

  1. Links to the 5 sites would have been nice.

    I would not trust any PPAs. They are users-developed with very little vetting from Canonical before being released into the wild. I take it as a big positive that none of the Debian-based non-Ubuntu related distros have not decided to adopt the PPAs.

    • There are many official PPAs too. For instance, all the PPAs I use are from the developers themselves.

      • How sure are you that these PPAs are malware-free?

        Let’s not forget that way back when, 3rd party download sites started out with the latest versions of user-developed Windows software. Then very quickly they became the main vectors of spreading malware. Today, a day doesn’t go by that Windows users are not admonished to download “only from reputable sites.”

        • When I talk about official PPAs, I mean PPAs listed in the official project websites. If you don’t trust the developer of the application, you should not install it by any means…

        • How sure are you that the bread you’re buying every day doesn’t contain coconut fat clogging silently your arteries?
          In the end you can format your hard disk or throw away your PC and buy yourself a new one, but you cannot format your heart and buy yourself new arteries.

  2. I see, so access to the latest LibreOffice versions via PPA is a bad thing in your view? ppa:libreoffice/ppa

    And, of course, so is testing for Firefox Beta, right? ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next (Of course, this one is MEANT to have software that is buggy. That’s its job.)

    Yup. You’re obviously right. How silly of me. They are all a bunch of amateurs that don’t know what the heck they’re doing.

    A PPA is only as bad as it’s maintainer. Some places are good, others bad. I’d stay away from generalizations more than I would PPAs.

    • Is the LibreOffice version in the PPA the same as on LibreOffice.org?

      I am not talking about PPAs containing buggy software, there is no software without bugs. I’m talking about software in the PPAs possibly containing malware.

      ” I’d stay away from generalizations more than I would PPAs.”
      Suit yourself. It’s your system. Based on my many years of using Windows, generalizations go a long way towards protecting my system.

  3. I think We first need to look in what the distro offers before we jump to 3rd party repositories and package search engines.

    https://www.debian.org/distrib/packages IS the best place to search for packages. THEN you can go on to https://pkgs.org/

    GetDeb is outdated and Ubuntu specific not Debian specific, So is launchpad but you failed to mention that there is a Debian section on Launchpad but it’s a definite hit & miss whether packages there are updated or abandoned by their creators.
    RPMSeek has Ubuntu specific packages which may or may not work depending on what version of Ubuntu they are made for (remember Ubuntu grabs the at the time current Debian testing branch and modifies it heavily). And the OpenSUSE repository hosts debs in a per-project case since it’s primarily an RPM repository.

    So if by Debian-based packages you mean Ubuntu then your suggestions somewhat hold water. If by Debian based you mean packages that if you do a dpkg -i on Debian after you download them, they will definitely work then… you need to re-evaluate your suggestions.

  4. PPAs are great. They offer latest versions of fantastic software like LyX, Octave, vala compiler, codeblocks and so many many more that wouldn’t be otherwise available.

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