How to: Install Ubuntu packages with HTML link

Apturl allows you to install Ubuntu packages from a website using the following syntax: apt:packagename (where packagename is the name of the package you wish to install

For example, I wanted to install a new pixel ruler (link courtesy of Borntwisted) called KRuler. If I was to install this directly from my web browser I would need to write the link in my HTML like so:

  1. <a href=”apt:kruler”>Click here to install Kruler</a>

This would then give me the following link:

  1. Click here to install Kruler

If you click the link (providing you are using Ubuntu as your Operating System) you will get the follwoing:


Once you click ok, and type in your admin password you will get the download screen as it downloads the package ready for installation


And then the obligatory install screen will be shown:


This is a perfect tool for bloggers, how to’ers and manual writers writing for Ubuntu installs etc. I know I will be using it in all my future blogs and how to’s in the future.

Go ahead, give it a shot

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