How to Install Celtx 2.9.7 on Ubuntu Linux

July 12, 2013 — 17 Comments

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to properly install Celtx on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, and Linux Mint.

Celtx is the world’s first fully integrated software for Pre-Production and collaboration of film, theatre, radio, AV and comics. It has all the tools media creators need to bring their stories to life while combining intelligent writing and planning tools, storyboarding, and scheduling with internet-friendly technologies. It’s free and open-source.

celtx

To get started, click below link to download Celtx 2.9.7:

Celtx-2.9.7 for Linux 32-bit

Celtx-2.9.7 for Linux 64-bit

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then run below commands one by one to extract to /usr/local/:

cd

tar xjf ~/Downloads/Celtx-*.tar.bz2

sudo mv ~/celtx/ /usr/local/

Now create a shortcut launcher for Celtx:

1.) Install required package:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel --no-install-recommends

2.) Run this command to Create Launcher.

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

Select icon from /usr/local/celtx/icons/ folder. Type /usr/local/celtx/celtx in command area.

create celtx launcher for Ubuntu

Now search and open celtx in Unity Dash.

Enjoy!

I'm a freelance blogger who started using Ubuntu 5+ years ago and who wishes to share my experiences and some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers. Please notify me if you find any typo/grammar/language mistakes. English is not my mother tongue. Contact me on Google Plus or email to ubuntuhandbook1@gmail.com

17 responses to How to Install Celtx 2.9.7 on Ubuntu Linux

  1. As soon as I type ‘sudo apt-get install gnome-panel’ in the terminal

    I get this

    “E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?charles@KINO:/usr/local$ ”

    What should I do ?

    • Synaptic Package Manager, Ubuntu Software Center installing / uninstalling process, and sudo apt-get command. You can only run one of them at same time, so:

      close synaptic package manager if it is opened.
      wait Ubuntu Software Center installing / uninstalling process complete.
      wait or stop any other sudo apt-get command

      Extreme way: log out and back in

      • Enter this command without quote marks if neccessary “sudo rm -f /var/lib/dpkg/lock”
        This is a lock file that was created by another program using that directory.

  2. This doesn’t work for me at all. I use Ubuntu 13.04. I get this error when I try to create a launcher.

    (gnome-desktop-item-edit:3895): IBUS-WARNING **: The owner of /home/jonathan/.config/ibus/bus is not root!

    And then nothing happens. I don’t even know how to start celtx.

  3. I have the same problem like JR, can someone tell me what to do?

  4. Successful for me on 12.04 LTS. Thank-you!

    My problem is that, when I right-click on a .celtx file > Open with other application > Show other applications, Celtx is not on the list, & I have no option to browse.

    Any suggestions?

  5. Hey I get the IBUS as well, but I finally got past that and when I search celtx in the unity bar, it comes up like it’s supposed to. When I launch the application though, it just asks for my admin password and then closes out. the program doesn’t even launch. How can I fix that?

  6. Getting the IBUS error, also getting the admin password request, then also nothing happens. Starting to sound like a common issue.

    13.10

    • Sorry Eli Ryder, try below command to change the celtx files ownership (change handbook to your username):

      sudo chown handbook:handbook /usr/local/celtx

      Then edit the launcher file (celtx.desktop or Celtx.desktop):

      sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/Celtx.desktop

      Remove gksudo from the value of Exec to make it looks like this:

      [Desktop Entry]
      Version=1.0
      Type=Application
      Terminal=false
      Icon[en_US]=/usr/local/celtx/icons/default48.png
      Name[en_US]=celtx
      Exec=/usr/local/celtx/celtx
      Name=celtx
      Icon=/usr/local/celtx/icons/default48.png

      Post Updated.

  7. Nothing seems to be working for me
    Trying to open the script by terminal doesn’t work and neither does clicking on it

    When I try and run it in terminal with this

    sudo /usr/local/celtx/celtx

    i just get this

    /usr/local/celtx/celtx-bin: 1: /usr/local/celtx/celtx-bin: Syntax error: “(” unexpected

    Any suggestions?

  8. Hi, I installed Celtx by decompressing the file downloaded, then I create a launcher using “alacarte” pointing to the file “celtx”, and then it runs.
    I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity, and the application “alacarte” runs from a terminal and it has a launcher in the Menu bar, in Prefereces, I think. I am working with a spanish version of Ubuntu.
    Good luck!
    Ricardo.

    • Hey man. Can you explain me a little bit more how you did it? Is the first time I’m using Ubuntu, and is the 14.04 version, so you are the first one i see who has installed celtx in this version.

      Thanks

  9. It almost works for me. I can open the app, do everything, but when I go to save, it crashes right away before I even get to name the file. Any thoughts on how to fix this issue? Many thanks – Jimmy

  10. It worked out perfectly. I followed your instruction exactly as you’ve laid out here. Thank you, Ji M!

    For those who used the launcher dialog but cannot launch the application itself, you can directly go to the /usr/share/applications/ directory, and double click the Celtx application that you just created. Once the app launches, right-click on the Celtx icon on the launcher bar and select “Lock to launcher”.

  11. Guys, first of all, thanks a lot for everything! I’m new at ubuntu and learning a lot in here and lovin it! I maneged to install celtx alright, the problem is that i didn’t chosed an icon and now I can’t do it! i’m trying to reinstall it but i can’t uninstall it on the fisrt place! What should i do? it works just fine, perfect, but it would be awesome with the right icon and everything…

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