Add, Remove, Purge Ubuntu PPAs Graphically with Y PPA Manager

January 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

Manage Ubuntu PPAs

Launchpad PPA, (Personal Packages Archive) is a common way to install apps that are not available in Ubuntu default repositories. For beginners, it’s a little complicated to manage the PPAs via the default “Software & Updates” utility. So here’s a handy tool called Y PPA Manager.

Y PPA Manager is a graphical tool developed by Webupd8 Team. With it, you can easily add, remove, purge PPAs, list packages and install them.

Y PPA Manager Main Window

Add a PPA box will do the same thing as below terminal command does:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Adding a PPA Ubuntu

Manage PPAs window lists enabed PPAs. With it you can:

  • Remove a PPA will disable the ppa repository. The installed packages from this ppa are still there.
  • Purge a PPA will disable the ppa as well as downgrade installed packages to default version available in Ubuntu default repositories.
  • Update package lists after adding or removing a ppa repository.
  • Edit source allows you edit the config file with text editor.
  • Lists packages will display available packages in selected ppa.
  • Manage Launchpad PPAs Ubuntu

    Y PPA Manager also allows to search PPA, install a package with a given name, backup /restore repositories, and even more.

    Install Y PPA Manager:

    Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, add the webupd8 PPA:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager

    Then update and install the tool:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager

    Works on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13/14/15/16.

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