Ubuntu PPAs

I’ve created a few PPAs (Personal Package Archive) on launchpad.net to make Ubuntu users easy to install some applications which are either not yet available in the Ubuntu repositories or the Ubuntu repositories only provide an old version.

So far, following apps are available in my PPAs:

Cantata MPD Client: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/cantata, easy to install the most recent build of Cantata MPD client. Supports Ubuntu 13.04 (stuck at v1.2.2), Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 14.04.

LiVEs Video Editor: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/lives – most recently build of LiVES video editor and DJ tool. Supports all current supported Ubuntu Desktop releases.

Avidemux 2.7.4: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/ubuntu/avidemux

Lmms music production software 1.2.2: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/ubuntu/lmms

Pragha Music Player: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/ubuntu/pragha

Audacity 2.1.0: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/ubuntu/audacity

DVD authoring tool DVDStyler 2.9.2: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/ubuntu/dvdstyler

Main PPA: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/apps. This PPA contains most recently of following applications:

  • converseen: the batch image converter and resizer
  • Audacious music player.
  • vokoscreen-ng screencast creator
  • kawaii-emoji-messenger: Facebook Client with Emoji Support.
  • kxstitch: a program that lets you create cross stitch patterns and charts.
  • liferea: the free news aggregator on your Linux desktop.
  • Rekonq: KDE web browser based on WebKit. Kubuntu backports PPA (ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports) is required for Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.

Please notify me if you find a good app which is not yet available in the Ubuntu repositories or the Ubuntu repositories only provide an old version.

27 responses to Ubuntu PPAs

  1. I just found your site and thank you for it. I had the nvidia issue . Regarding ppa, and apps that are not kept updated, I am a blender user and when sombody tries to install blender it gets a ‘very’ old version currently. We are at the Blender v2.72-3 and lots of improvements have been made in the recent monthes. So if you could create a ppa with an up to date Blender that would be nice.
    Thank you again for your work

  2. Washington Indacochea Delgado April 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Ji m, you are now making PPA, this meaning that your knowledge is better, good

  3. Long-time Scribus user since just after the internal format no-going-back revision, I know workarounds for many of the small bugs. Glad to see the team has not thrown up their hands in despair over this project that obviously suffers from too many cooks.

    Last week I installed Lubuntu 14.4.2 and the Scribus 1.4.5 PPA. It crashes immediately (signal #11)) on the graphics file of my patent application, but not on a text-only file. It’s a repeatable hardfail, so pretty easy to debug. However, I’m not willing to send the drawings file to help in the debugging — it is the guts of a breakthrough invention in automation technology. The electronic circuits include Bezier curves and many grouped objects.

    I have a tedious workaround. Text files I can convert to LibreOffice Writer in a few hours. Since the US Patent &TM Office requires PDF, I’ll depend on LibreOffice to export PDF of the non-graphics files. Luckily I have a PDF of the drawings. That may even serve for the final draft of the application.

  4. hitebrata bhainsa May 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

    please make a .deb file of systemback app so that it will easy to install on ubuntu system

  5. maybe try some digitalocean goodness

  6. HI all

    Complete noob here anyone willing to explain how to use these PPA’s? Do I need to use terminal and if so what do I need to do?

    • Go to a PPA page (click the link in my previous comment) in your web browser, there’s “Read about installing” link in PPA pge that tells how to use PPA. After added a PPA, use Synaptic Package Manager, or run apt-get command to install software:

      sudo apt-get install APPNAME
  7. Hello Ji M

      I would like to know what is your blog or website so I can track your posts about Linux.

      Thank you for your attention.

      Edson Santos

  8. Any idea when the PPA will be updated for Audacity 2.2.1 ? There were some bug fixes and some significant changes as I understand it. No pressure. Just curious. Thanks for all you do.

    • Sorry for the delay. I was checking new audacity releases from its github releases page, though it by default hides release tags newer than Audacity 2.1.3.

  9. hi,
    I’m on KDE NEON using cantanta-qt PPA
    with new QT 5.10, cantata crashes
    upstream bug or does it need a rebuild?

  10. Hi,
    I was trying to add PPA for MakeMKV but encounter this error when trying to add PPA to Ubuntu 18.04.
    E: The repository ‘http://ppa.launchpad.net/heyarje/makemkv-beta/ubuntu bionic Release’ does not have a Release file.
    N: Updating from such a repository can’t be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
    N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.

  11. I like an use PPA’s. My only problem is I am getting so many PPA’s updating is starting to take a long time! Love the site, it has been lots of help to me.

  12. Thank u so much for this website!
    Keep up the good work!!!!

  13. How about a new ppa for Qt5 based Yarock?

  14. Marcondes Pereira de Oliveira March 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Parabéns Ji m, seu conhecimento sobre linux é fantástico, obrigado por compartilhar!!

  15. Hello,
    mupdf has grown to 1.17. Would you consider updating it at your PPA?

  16. Hi,

    thank yo for the possibility to install Hugin in Version 2019 on Linux Mint 19.3!!! But is it possible to get the updated version 2019.2 from end of the last year over your PPAs? That would be really great, because it is difficult to find this bugfixed version in other PPA for LM 19.3. Thanks a lot :-)


  17. Wow, that was fast :-) Thank you for the Update for Hugin to version 2019.2!!!
    And it seems faster than the version before. It seems, i don’t know if it is ;-) But it works great. One little failure is only in the version-dialog under “help”. There comes a dialog in background a file “Copy” is missing. I think it’s not important because it is only a text file. This only for your information :-)


    • :) The package is backported from Ubuntu 20.04. Don’t know why, but “COPYING.txt” was removed by upstream so the issue happens in Ubuntu 20.04 with stock Hugin too.

  18. Hi Jim,

    there is a great little tool with name “photini”, can you please make possible a version for linux mint ulyana 20.04?
    You can find the sources here:
    That would be great :-)


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