How to Install .rpm packages in Ubuntu
July 29, 2019 | by Jeff Christman
I love to experiment.
Not just in Windows, but also Linux. Which means I run a lot of different Operating Systems and Linux Distributions.
Sometimes I run into applications that are only available for one distribution.
Installing the software on Ubuntu is a pretty straight forward process. Usually just a few apt-get commands or clicking on the Software Center.
However, there a number of packages only available in RPM format. How do I install RPM packages in Ubuntu or other Debian based distribution?
As you might have guessed, there is a utility to convert RPM packages to DEB packages. Alien is a handy little utility to convert those RPM packages.
To install Alien, at the command prompt, type
sudo apt-get install alien dpkg-dev debhelper build-essential
Now, we can convert the package to .deb format.
sudo alien packagename.rpm
Once it has been converted, we can install the package.
sudo dpkg -i packagename.deb
There ya go.