How to Install FlightGear 2017.1 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

Last updated: February 27, 2017


The FlightGear Flight Simulator has reached the 2017.1 “Bergen” release a few days ago with many exciting new features, enhancements and bug-fixes.

FlightGear 2017.1 release highlights:

  • Accurate buildings from OpenStreetMap
  • voice synthesis of tutorial instructions
  • improved rendering of Earth from orbit
  • a more realistic blackout/redout system.
  • See the changelog for more details.

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How to Install FlightGear 2017.1 in Ubuntu:

The GetDeb repository has built the new release for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10 and their derivatives. Follow the steps below to install it:

1. Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial-getdeb games" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

you may replace xenial (ubuntu 16.04) in the code with yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10.


2. Download and install the GetDeb key via command:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

3. Finally update and install FlightGear 2017.1 via command:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install flightgear

For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade FlightGear via Software Updater after adding the repository and key.

How to Remove:

To remove FlightGear, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove flightgear && sudo apt autoremove

And you can remove the GetDeb repository by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.


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