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:

1. Cantata MPD Client.

It’s a graphical Qt5 client for MPD (Music Player Deamon). The player is available in Ubuntu main repositories but a little bit old. To get the latest release, either go to PPA link above or see this how to tutorial.

2. LiVES video editor and VJ tool:

This is a free open source non-linear video editor and VJ tool, that is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.

3. Audacious audio player.

The popular audacious player in Ubuntu repositories is also old. Along with following app packages, you can get it HERE.

  • Converseen batch image converter.
  • Hugin panorama photo stitcher.
  • Pithos – a Pandora radio client
  • Vokoscreen-ng – a powerful screencast creator

4. Avidemux video editor.

You can also get the latest version of Avidemux video editor from my PPA, though there’s now a new Ubuntu PPA for choice.

And more by going to https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1

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.


  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

    1. @yves, due to the bad internet connection and Great Firewall of China. It takes me too much time to upload a 50MB source archive (i.e., Blender) to PPA server. I’ll do it once I get a better VPN solution. Finally thanks for your comment.

      1. Ji m, your English is more than competent, a joy to the ear. If I ever become half as proficient in Mandarin I will feel I’ve accomplished much.

        Thank you for your service to the Linux world. It is encouraging to see this kind of support for all those who are newly trying to cut the ties to Windows XP etc.

      2. Hi Jim. I really appreciate your dedication towards helping Linux newbies like me. Pls which VPN are you using for your Ubuntu in china? Is there any good free VPN for Ubuntu ? I am using Ubuntu 14.04

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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?

    1. 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
  5. 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

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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 :-)


  12. 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 :-)


    1. :) 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.

  13. I too would like to see Photini available, as well as pyRenamer. I recently upgraded from Bionic, and was surprised at how many apps that I use are no longer supported.

  14. Hi, is it possible to get the last stable version of PITIVI 2020.09 as a working version for Mint 20 over your PPA?

    Ah, i don want to forget to say thanks for hugin2020 and have a good new year 2021! :-)

      1. Hi Ji m

        thanks for your info. I downloaded and tried to start your Version from “test” but it didn’t start. I think you are right but i dont want to install flatpacks or app images ;-) In contrast to the paketsystem they are some bits to big and heavy. OK, i will give kdenlive a try :-) Thank you for yor support :-)

  15. Hi Ji m

    here is an interessting new project for you ;-) Can you make it possible to avoid any appimage or flathub, what ever? Seems easy and great for fast work with pictures and raws, specialy when it gets its noise reduction in future versions. You could keep an eye on it :-)


    1. The project pushes new software releases very often. I don’t think I have so much time maintaining it unless using auto-build :\

    1. Audacity requires patched version of wxwidget 3.1.3 to be built “correctly”. :( Ubuntu however ships with v3.0.x …

  16. Hi jim,

    can you please update Converseen to the latest Version? There are many bugfixes since an i hope some problems were fixed :-)
    Thanx a lot

  17. Hi Ji m!
    I see a lot of links to your reposit.
    Can you please restore your ppa for the old versions of hugin. May be for ubuntu16.04 or 18.04 or earlier?

  18. Undoubtedly the best video editor is Kdenlive (free). It is the only one worth spending time learning about (there are many videos online).
    Shotcut is not bad but… Kdenlive has been going strong with the improvements for a while now.
    Before the best was Olive but they gave it a twist that made it horrible and unstable.

  19. You need to update or delete the page:
    How to Install Canon Printer Driver, ScanGear MP in Ubuntu 20.04
    Last updated: May 6, 2020
    The PPA associated with that page no longer exists.

  20. On Ubuntu 18.04 with ubuntuhandbook1/apps PPA, audacious 4.3.1 cannot be installed:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies.
    audacious : Depends: audacious-plugins (>= 4.3.1) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: libaudcore5 (= 4.3.1-0build1~ubuntu1804) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: libgcc-s1 (>= 3.0) but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’ll try to fix the issue soon.

      And, if possible please upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04. Ubuntu 18.04 will reach end of life in May 30.

      UPDATE: Fixed by rebuilding the package for 18.04. Try command below to install/upgrade it:

      sudo apt update && sudo apt install audacious

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