Ninite For Linux: Install Multiple Applications Without Any Hassle

The one thing that almost everyone does after a system reformat is to re-install all the applications and restore the system back to its previous state. A troublesome, boring, and sometime tedious task. It can get worst if you do not have access to the Internet. Wouldn’t it be great if you can install all those applications at one go?

Windows users will be familiar with the popular Ninite web app that packages up your favorite apps into one installer. You just need to run the installer to install all your applications in one go. The good news is, a Linux version is now available.

Similar to the WIndows version, Ninite for Linux allows you to choose from a series of applications and it will package the applications into a deb file. Linux users (or more exactly, Debian users) can double click the deb file to install all your applications.

1. Head to Ninite for Linux.

2. Check the applications that you want (the list is rather limited now)

ninite-select-applications

3. Scroll down to the end and click the “Get Installer” button. Ninite will then proceed to package the applications.

ninite-packaging

4. It will then prompt you to download the deb file. After the download, double click the deb file to run the installer.

ninite-deb-installer

That’s it. As easy as that.

Note: deb file can only be used on debian based distro. Distros using rpm might have to use the “alien” script to convert the deb file to rpm format.

The only caveat at this moment is that the list of applications available for selection are just too little. You can do your part by suggesting the app (on the Ninite for Linux page) that you want them to include.

Have you tried Ninite for Linux?

3 comments

  1. I read an article about ninite that questioned if ninite was to trust or not. Read it here and make your own conclusions: http://bit.ly/aTYszI In Ubuntu there is the softwarecenter that works great and there is allmyapps http://bit.ly/cObaS2 for ubuntu that works great.

  2. I’ve been using Ninite in Windows since a few month now and must say it is a really useful peace of software. I read the article in OMGUbuntu and also all the comments below. One of the co-founder of ninite tried to explain Ninite’s point of view but it seems that most of people does not want to understand. Ubuntu does not need an easy installer as much as Windows does, but when you want Skype or dropbox the first time user is in trouble dealing with repositories and here is where Ninite comes in for help.
    The call back feature of Ninite’s script doesn’t seem that questionable.

    1. I have read the post in OMGUbuntu and I am surprised that there are so many negative comments about Ninite. One of the best thing about Linux (and Ubuntu) is about choices. It is not about how useful/useless the thing is, but that there are plenty of ways to achieve the same things, and that is good.

      Ninite for Linux might be useless for many experienced Linux users, but I am sure it has its uses and many other people will come to appreciate it.

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