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Appnr is a Web-based tool and a service that install applications on Ubuntu. Application install from Appnr is always latest version in repositories.

AptURL is required

The AptURL Protocol Handler and a Web browser support are required to install applications. The AptURL Protocol Handler is a program that handles special URLs to installing software on APT-based Linux systems. Ubuntu 7.10 or higher can use AptURL by default.

Please install the package “apturl” if using APT-based Linux systems like Debian, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS.

Install from Synaptic Package Manager

Go to Synaptic Package Manager and find “apturl”.

When you have found it check it and click on “Apply Changes”.

Install from Terminal

sudo apt-get install apturl

After installing apturl you need to visit the Appnr select the category and then application now you need to click on Install that's it it will install your application.

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7 Comments to “Appnr – Web-based tool and a service that install applications on Ubuntu”

  1. TerryP says:

    I can’t see the advantage of Appnr. Why not just use Synaptic?

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  2. Starvin Marvin says:

    I agree with TerryP. This method lacks some info about the packages already istalled in your ubuntu. in Synaptic you can see if you already installed a certain package , or you can reainstal it. On this web interface you only get an “install ” option and then if you click on it it says you already have that package. Synaptic is better… and if you aren’t sure you have the latest packages you can always “sudo apt-get update”.I don’t see the usefullness of this.. if in the future it can even uinstall packages and it can tell you what you already have ,then it might be an alternative to the default Synaptic.. At this time.. it is roughly a scroll down web interface for installing packages in your ubuntu box..

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  3. JohnnyLincoln says:

    I fully agree with the comments above, TerryP and Marvin; to what purpose? Surely the tools available already offer simple installs (Synaptic), a little more control(aptitude and apt) and finally full control (dpkg and relatives) over packages. Okay, so with the increasing popularity of Linux flavours one can see some benefits, but there may also be huge drawbacks in that problems may occur with packages that this kind of install cannot cope with and offer the user some form of recovery (package inspection and removal). Offering an interface in this way does not help others to help themselves to learn Linux the right way, simply to follow like (MS) sheep.

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  4. Stephen says:

    I’m going to have to disagree with you three, this is much like PCBSD PBI web based repository. It puts a pretty guy on synaptic and organizes the packages logically.

    Im guessing you guys took the time to comment without taking the time to actually visit the site? THERE ARE NO LIBRARIES LISTED. So when you want to install just an applications and you search something generic like “photo” for a photo organizing application. In synaptic you will get 1000 more results than you actually need.

    Look Linux is more about choice than it is about doing it the “right way” because there is no real “right way.”

    Also if you know anything about apturl, it actually just uses your own repos to install all the software by calling the ap-get back-end tools. So this is just another front-end implementation of apt-get that IS NOT synaptic. Thats all nothing more. It seems the creators thought they could do it better by not showing un-needed libraries, informing you if a package comes from a different repo, and organizing packages by popularity and categories (with out showing you something like:
    Email
    Email (universe)
    Email (multiverse)

    all while putting a “web 2.0″ twist on package installation.

    and excuse me don’t forget the little “add/remove” menu item the Ubuntu devs have left in there that does this exact same thing? It only installs software rather than actually manage it, so why is it called add remove? Why not just give it the remove ability, or take it off the menu, or link it to synaptic instead?

    Besides who is making you use it? That’s why I don’t uses the “Add/Remove” in Ubuntu and am currently running Archlinux on another system. It’s just a different way of doing things neither truly better or worse, just different.

    You should praise innovation and creativity rather than shun it and question its relativity.

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  5. mocoloco says:

    To stephen: The “Add/Remove…” utility (executable is gnome-app-install) does in fact allow you to remove as well as add, you should take a closer look at it.

    The only advantage I see to Appnr over gnome-app-install is further categorization, making it a bit easier to find some things. One of my most used categories is still all lumped together though; games.

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  6. Mitko says:

    Stephen: Look Linux is more about choice than it is about doing it the “right way” because there is no real “right way.”

    I fully agree on the part above however I think the “right way” is the way which works for you. Anyways I do not see any benefit in the Appnr for me at this stage.

    Cheers,

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  7. Rajeev says:

    any competitor will have to match synaptic at the minimum irrespective of platform:

    can it match Cynaptic on these features?:

    •Install, remove, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages.
    •Upgrade your whole system.
    •Manage package repositories (sources.list).
    •Find packages by name, description and several other attributes.
    •Select packages by status, section, name or a custom filter.
    •Sort packages by name, status, size or version.
    •Browse all available online documentation related to a package.
    •Download the latest changelog of a package.
    •Lock packages to the current version.
    •Force the installation of a specifc package version.
    •Undo/Redo of selections.
    •Built-in terminal emulator for the package manager.
    •Debian/Ubuntu only: Configure packages through the debconf system.
    •Debian/Ubuntu only: Xapain based fast search (thanks to Enrico Zini)
    •Debian/Ubuntu only: Get screenshots from screenshots.debian.net

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