Ubuntu Personal Package Archives

Ubuntu comes with stable, but often older software packages. Sometimes the user wants more recent versions of their software. This is where the Personal Package Archives (PPA’s) come in handy. They allow you to upload Ubuntu source packages to be built and published as an aptitude repository by Launchpad. Software developers and Ubuntu users all over the world maintain their own PPA’s with (often up-to-date) software packages. Other users can then add these PPA’s to their package manager in Ubuntu which allows them to download and install these software packages. On this page I maintain a list of all the PPA’s I have found useful.

Some of these PPA’s contain experimental software which can make your system unstable. Don’t just add any PPA to your package manager unless you’re sure you really need it. You’ve been warned!

Adding a PPA

Use the apt-add-repository command from the terminal,

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb http://myserver/path/to/repo stable myrepo'


sudo apt-add-repository ppa:user/repository

followed by,

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install <package name>

Personal Package Archives


Create a local ‘apt’ repository for Sun Java 6 and/or Oracle Java 7 packages. https://github.com/flexiondotorg/oab-java6/

  1. Go to OAB-Java
  2. Run the commands:

     ./oab-java.sh -7
     sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-jre oracle-java7-plugin
     sudo update-alternatives --config java


Skype-Wrapper is a small third-party ‘plugin’ that integrates many of Skype’s features directly into the Ubuntu desktop. This includes support for Ubuntu’s Messaging Menu, notification system and Unity launcher. skypewrapper team


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Gloobus Preview

Gloobus Developers


To install:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gloobus-dev/gloobus-preview
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gloobus-preview gloobus-sushi

The PPA also has packages for older Ubuntu versions, but you’ll need to use Nautilus Elementary so the keyboard shortcut works (also, for Ubuntu older than 11.10, don’t install “gloobus-sushi”).

For some documents (odf, ods, etc.) to work with Gloobus Preview, you’ll also have to install unoconv:

sudo apt-get install unoconv



Gloobus Developers



Jdownloader Team


Elementary Art



Lyrics OSD

An OSD lyric show supporting multiple media players and downloading. OSD Lyrics Team


Equinox GTK engine

Includes: Faenza icon theme, Equinox themes. Tiheum


The Vala Meta-Compiler

Vala is a new programming language that aims to bring modern programming language features to GNOME developers without imposing any additional runtime requirements and without using a different ABI compared to applications and libraries written in C. Vala Team


Remastersys Backup

Remastersys is a tool that can be used to do 2 things with an existing Debian, Ubuntu or derivative installation.

  1. It can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and install.
  2. It can make a distributable copy you can share with friends. This will not have any of your personal user data in it.

Remastersys Backup

deb http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/repository karmic/

UFW Frontends

This project implements graphical frontends for UFW using PyGTK and PyQt. Darwin Bautista



Ease, a Clutter-based desktop presentation application. Nate Stedman


G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic Image Converter)

G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic Image Converter) is a tool that comes with a lot (more then 190) of pre-defined image filters and effects for GIMP. Ferramosca Roberto



A free, GPL CD/DVD-ROM device emulator for Linux. This project is hosted on SourceForge; you can find its project page here. CDEmu



udev-notify is a simple free software app for Linux that runs in background and shows visual notifications when you plug-in a new device. udev-notify

echo "deb http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss / #SKSS" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
wget http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss/repo.pub.asc -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install udev-notify


Various Gnome-Shell-Extensions (Weather and others) packaged for Ubuntu Linux operating system. Gnome-Shell-Extensions developers



Before upgrading your system to a new Ubuntu release (i.e. from Ubuntu 11.10 to 13.04), you should probably run ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 first. GNOME3 Team


Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring)

GNOME 3.8 that won’t make it into the normal Ubuntu 13.04 repositories. Other parts of GNOME 3.8 are available in the https://launchpad.net/~gnome3-team/+archive/gnome3-staging PPA but beware that many of those components have known regressions from their GNOME 3.6 versions.

You need to run sudo apt-get dist-upgrade to avoid problems. Please read the output before entering ‘Y’ to make sure important packages won’t be removed.

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal)

Parts of GNOME 3.6 that didn’t make it into the normal Ubuntu 12.10 repositories.

Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise)

Parts of GNOME 3.4 that didn’t make it into the normal Ubuntu 12.04 repositories.

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric)

Parts of GNOME 3.2 that didn’t make it into the normal Ubuntu 11.10 repositories.

There are no further updates for Oneiric/11.10!


On Raring (13.04) please use ‘ubuntu-bug’ to report bugs against packages in this PPA

Application Indicators

Disper Indicator

Indicator front-end for the Disper utility – a monitor switch-utility for NVidia video cards. Nikke


And install package disper-indicator.

This indicator requires Disper to be installed.

System Load Indicator

A system load monitor capable of displaying graphs for CPU, ram, and swap space use, plus network traffic. indicator-multiload


And install package indicator-multiload.

Hardware Sensors Indicator

Application Indicator for Unity showing hardware sensors. indicator-sensors


And install package indicator-sensors.

My Weather Indicator

A weather indicator. atareao-team


And install package my-weather-indicator.

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