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Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code reached the 1.20 release a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu.

Visual Studio Code 1.20 release highlights:

  • Explorer multi-selection – Perform actions on multiple files at once.
  • Improved Settings search – Easily find the right setting with natural language search.
  • Errors & warnings in Explorer – Quickly navigate to errors in your code base.
  • Save large and protected files – Save Admin protected and >256M files within VS Code.
  • Git submodule support – Perform Git operations on nested Git repositories.
  • Global snippets – Create snippets you can use across all file types.
  • Image preview zoom – Zoom in and out of images with your mouse, scroll wheel or track pad.
  • Terminal screen reader support – Integrated Terminal now has “Screen Reader Optimized” mode
  • Debugging support for multi-root workspaces – Manage configurations across multiple projects.
  • Quick Fix all for JavaScript/TypeScript – Apply the same Quick Fix to all occurrences in a file.
  • New Node.js deployment tutorials – Deploy your Node.js app with Docker or Azure App Service.

How to Install VS Code 1.20 in Ubuntu:

The official .deb package for Debian/Ubuntu is available for download at the link below:

Download VS Code (.deb)

Grab the deb and install it via either Gdebi package manager or command (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/code_*.deb; sudo apt -f install
Visual Studio also available as snap package, you can easily install it via this tutorial.

For those who want to receive updates for VS Code via Software Updater utility, add the Microsoft repository via following steps (64bit only):

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg

Uninstall Visual Studio Code:

To remove the code editor, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove code

And remove the Microsoft repository by launching Software & Updates utility and navigating to Other Software tab.

KDE Plasma 5.10

KDE Plasma Desktop 5.12, a new long-term support release, was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in (K)Ubuntu 17.10 via PPA.

Plasma 5.12 is the second LTS release from the Plasma 5 team. It features:

  • Many improvements to the Discover in stability and user interface.
  • Add support for interactive previews in the notification system
  • Much more usable Wayland support
  • Global Menus have returned in Plasma 5.12.
  • Folder View is now the default desktop layout.
  • Media controls have been added to the lock screen.
  • New System Settings interface
  • And many other changes, see release note for details.

How to Install Plasma 5.12 in Ubuntu 17.10:

Kubuntu backports PPA has made the packages for (K)ubuntu 17.10.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

Type in your password when it prompts and hit Enter.

kubuntu backports ppa

2. Then upgrade your system to get the latest Plasma Desktop via either Update Manager or command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

After the upgrade process has completed, and assuming everything went well, reboot your computer.

For non-Kubuntu user, you may first install the kubuntu-desktop package either from Ubuntu Software or by running below command before doing the upgrade.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

How to Uninstall:

To undo the changes and restore to the stock version of Plasma Desktop in your main Ubuntu repository, purge the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

VidCutter, a simple Qt5 video cutting and joining software, reached 5.5.0 release earlier today with most requested feature media stream support.

VidCutter 5.5.0 release highlights:

  • Media stream support for use when clips are all derived from the same source media OR media files added manually all share the same codecs, formats, etc.
  • Migrated main toolbar buttons from QToolBar + QActions to new custom widget VCToolBarButton handling QPushButton with attached.
  • Tools section added to settings for setting paths to three main tools used by VidCutter
  • Ability to set clip index list to the left or right (default) of main window.
  • Support for WTV (.wtv – Windows Recorded TV Show) media files
  • Required dependency of PyOpenGL for users on slightly older Ubuntu, Fedora
  • Fullscreen mode rewrite for Qt 5.10 changes + better support in wayland.
  • OpenGL helpers added to X11 and Wayland based Linux platforms
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts to include some added keyboardand mouse based shortcuts.

How to Install VidCutter 5.5.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, the new release can be installed via its official PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ form app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ozmartian/apps

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then install Vidcutter either via your system package manager or run commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vidcutter

For other Ubuntu editions and Linux distributions, an executable file Appimage (make executable in file Properties -> Permissions) is available for download in the above link.


To remove the PPA, open ‘Software & Updates’ utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove the video cutting software, either use your system package manger or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove vidcutter

Xtreme Download Manager 7.1.2, the second release for XDM 2018, was released a few hours ago.

Xtreme Download Manager (XDM) is a powerful tool to increase download speed up-to 500%, save streaming videos from YouTube, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Google Video or any other website, resume broken/dead downloads and schedule downloads.XDM seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera, Safari and all popular browsers, to take over downloads and saving streaming videos from web.

Changes in XDM 2018-7.1.2 include::

  • Video converter now supports 100+ devices, HEVC encoding and new batch conversion feature.
  • Enhanced video downloader, now its possible download entire youtube playlist.
  • XDM by default uses systems Tcp Window size, user can also tweak and optimize network setting.
  • Downloads will goto separate folder for Music, Video, Apps etc.
  • Improved video capturing.
  • Added batch download from clipboard
  • Now its possible to preview video in browser.
  • Configurable temporary folder.
  • Refresh link page now allows to enter url manually.
  • XDM now allows to set minimum size of video which will be captured.
  • Now there is an option to start download automatically, instead of asking for confirmation before download
  • User can now configure to retrieve file modification time from server
  • XDM provides an option to overwrite extisting file
  • New option added to disable transparency
  • XDM now shows option to delete files from disk
  • Several minor bugfixes and improvements

How to Install Xtreme Download Manager in Ubuntu:

Download the xdm Linux packages from the link below:

Download XDM

Select download x86 (for 32-bit) or x64 (for 64-bit) package and extract tarball.

Right-click the source folder and open it in terminal:

Then you can easily install the download manager by running command:

sudo ./


The software offers an uninstall script in the installation directory. Simply open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to remove the software:

sudo /opt/xdman/

Wine Stable

Wine 3.1, the first development release towards the next Wine 4.0 stable, was released released a few days ago.

Wine 3.1 features:

  • Kerberos authentication support.
  • Window class redirection for Common Controls 6.
  • Support for X11 ARGB visuals.
  • DOSBox required for running DOS executables.

Also there are 29 bug-fixes range from fixing Qt5 applications to Grand Theft Auto V issues to Doom 4 / DOOM 2016 problems and other gaming issues.

How to Install Wine 3.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Linux Mint 17.x and 18.x, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run following commands one by one:

1. Add the official wine repository via command:

sudo apt-add-repository

For Linux Mint 18.x, use following command instead to add the repository:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb xenial main'

For Linux Mint 17.x, replace xenial in the code with trusty.

2. Install the GPG key to be able to receive software updates:

wget -nc && sudo apt-key add Release.key

3. Finally update and install the latest Wine development release:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel


To remove wine dev release, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove winehq-devel

And you can remove the repository via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.