Scribus Available to Install via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04, 20.10

Last updated: April 24, 2024

For those prefer installing applications via apt method, the desktop publishing software Scribus 1.5.6 is finally made into PPA available for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and Linux Mint 20.

Scribus 1.5.6 was released a few months ago as the latest development release for the next major version 1.6.0. It features:

  • Introduce a context-sensitive Content Palette
  • A new PDF-based output preview
  • Improved dark UI themes support.
  • Support for PDF 1.6 export, including embedded OpenType fonts.
  • And much more.

How to Install Scribus via PPA:

Besides non-install Appimage and community maintained flatpak package, the official PPA now contains the packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10.

1.) Open terminal from system application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scribus/ppa

2.) Then run command to install the software package:

sudo apt install scribus-ng

Uninstall Scribus:

To remove the scribus package, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove scribus-ng

To remove the Ubuntu PPA, either run command in step 1.) with --remove flag, or open Software & Updates and remove relevant line under Other Software tab.


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6 responses to Scribus Available to Install via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04, 20.10

  1. Oscar Dominguez July 10, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    We appreciate very much all the help you provide.
    Blessings to you and yours from Guatemala.
    Oscar Dominguez

  2. Thanks Ji!

  3. sudo apt install scribus-ng

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    scribus-ng : Depends: libopenscenegraph160 but it is not going to be installed

    • libopenscenegraph160 is available in Ubuntu 20.04 universe repository. You see this error mostly due to package conflict.

      Install aptitude via command:

      sudo apt install aptitude

      Then try installing scribus via aptitude:

      sudo aptitude install scribus-ng

      It should output possible workarounds, pay attention that it may remove other software packages that you need!!!

  4. I can’t install Scribus via command line or software manager. Something is wrong with the mirror below:

    E: Failed to fetch Hash Sum mismatch
    Hashes of expected file:
    – SHA256:f59b543a8bd6ddc50c2889e4c74c6bd27011ccca72787cd7ff6de6aab3e4ac1f
    – SHA1:e0415862cbf0ceb1b446143f68973c965b9b3385 [weak]
    – MD5Sum:01697f6893a029a8e5b6d2b25d1f895a [weak]
    – Filesize:549198 [weak]
    Hashes of received file:
    – SHA256:2e71d91d41e97ec736b9e784ed9bb53d779edbe91bc6dd1413a9fd95443f22ee
    – SHA1:be1d2e8bc6a5348fa0308c0d63f7c912ca56540a [weak]
    – MD5Sum:e7bf3a5cb4276e651e9f7ea2a96da55c [weak]
    – Filesize:549198 [weak]
    Last modification reported: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:34:29 +0000
    E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with –fix-missing?

    • It’s something to do with your system package download server. Try launching “Software & Updates” tool, and select another mirror under “Download from” select box. And, refresh system package after closing the app:

      sudo apt update