Install / Upgrade Scribus 1.4.3 in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.04, Linux Mint

Last updated: October 12, 2014

The desktop publishing app Scribus has reached version 1.4.3, this tutorial will show you how to install it in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.04, 12.10, 10.04, Linux Mint via its official repository.

Scribus Ubuntu

UPDATE: Latest Stable Scribus 1.4.4 Now is available in PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, and Ubuntu 12.04.

Like the previous version, this is mostly a bugfixing release, but there are also some important enhancements:

  • Scribus has been ported to the Haiku operating system. For more information see: Installing_Scribus_on_Haiku
  • The Barcode Writer has been updated and supports many more barcodes, including QR.
  • The Galaxy Gauge™ color matching system and color tools have been included.
  • New color palettes from government agencies (Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom) have been included.
  • More Open Source color palettes have been included.
  • Improvements to the build system.
  • Improvements to the Preflight Verifier.
  • The A4 page size limit of TeX-rendered graphics in Render Frames has been removed.
  • The Short Words plug-in now supports Danish.
  • Many updates to the Online Manual.

Most important bugfixes:

  • Disabled hyphenation on some Linux distributions is working again.
  • Some unit conversion issues have been fixed.
  • Display issues related to Ubuntu’s Unity interface have been fixed.
  • Some fixes to wrong or irritating UI behavior.
  • Memory management in connection with the new Hyphenator has been optimized.
  • Issues with the Clang compiler have been fixed.
  • Scribus now supports Pillow as an alternative to the Python Imaging Library.
  • Many translation updates.

Install Scribus from Official Repository:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal for running commands. When it opens, follow below steps:

1.) Run command to add the Scribus repository:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -cs) main non-free"

2.) Get the key:

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys EEF818CF

Export the key and add it to the apt keyring:

gpg --armor --export EEF818CF | sudo apt-key add -

3.) update and install the packages:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install scribus

That’s it! After this tutorial, you can redo step 3.) to receive updates when a new release comes out.


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8 responses to Install / Upgrade Scribus 1.4.3 in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.04, Linux Mint

  1. I installed Scribus 1.4.1 sucessfully on ubuntu 12.04 (Precise)
    I couldn’t ping the keyserver So I used hkp://
    I got a complaint
    W: Failed to fetch
    but I was then able to start Scribus. Help->About shows Scribus 1.4.1.svn.
    It might be nice to get 1.4.3!

  2. Followed the instructions above and got 1.4.1svn … 1.4.3 wold be nice.
    APT Error:
    W: Fehlschlag beim Holen von Erwarteter Eintrag »non-free/source/Sources« konnte in Release-Datei nicht gefunden werden (falscher Eintrag in sources.list oder missgebildete Datei).
    E: Einige Indexdateien konnten nicht heruntergeladen werden. Sie wurden ignoriert oder alte an ihrer Stelle benutzt.

  3. I followed the instructions and ended up with 1.4.2. I’m running ubuntu-14.04-desktop-i386 (64 bits)

    How do I get 1.4.3?

    • It looks as if I do have 1.4.3. In the top left of the screen it shows:

      Sribus 1.4.3.svn

      In the about scribus part in the help menu it shows 1.4.2 though

    • Sorry, the repository does not support Ubuntu 14.04 so far. But you can download & install the .deb installer as well as the dependencies from the link below:

      For 64 bit:

      For 32 bit:

      NOTE: If you don’t know how to install them, create a new folder scribus in your Downloads folder. Download all the .deb packages from the previous link (Go to System Settings -> Details to check out 32 bit or 64 bit.) and save them into that folder. Finally install them all with one command:

      cd ~/Downloads/scribus && sudo dpkg -i *.deb

      BTW: ubuntu-14.04-desktop-i386 means 32-bit. It should be x86_64 or 64-bit system.

  4. “UPDATE: Latest Stable Scribus 1.4.4 Now is available in PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, and Ubuntu 12.04”

    So pray tell, why did you leave this information until the end of the article, & as this article is now out of date & the information is now incorrect, why have you not removed it?