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October 16th, 2010, 03:51 PM
Hi there,

Recently I installed airlines-themes, using the command

sudo aptitude install airlines-themeIt worked perfectly. My question is where are all these packages downloaded locally, so that if needed I can install them later without an Internet connection.

Not just theme, I can do it for other application as well (for eg. ubuntu tweak and many others).


October 16th, 2010, 04:00 PM
Deb files are downloaded to /var/cache/apt/archives/

If you are going to copy them elsewhere, make sure you have any dependencies that you will need as well.

October 16th, 2010, 05:54 PM
thank you very very much.

found all the deb files in the folder you mentioned, including airlines-theme_1.4.1.lucid.ppa1_all.deb. However for VLC there were multiple files like vlc_1.0.6-1ubuntu1.2_i386.deb, vlc-data_1.0.6-1ubuntu1.2_all.deb, as mentioned they must be dependent files.

I don't know from where to download the .deb files so that I can install them offline, for pidgin I tried and reached
http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/p/pidgin/ however couldn't make out which file to download.

Yes I can install it from http://appnr.com/, however want to how can I download it's deb package, so that I can install it later locally or install it on other PC running ubuntu. (copying .deb files from /var/.... folder is one way that I've just learned)

Thank you once again for the guide,

October 16th, 2010, 06:10 PM
Keryx is always helpful for offline installations.


You can download all the packages from


But it is always a hassle to download all the dependencies therefore making it hard as in the case you mentioned,

vlc_1.0.6-1ubuntu1.2_i386.deb, vlc-data_1.0.6-1ubuntu1.2_all.de

October 16th, 2010, 06:30 PM
I'm not sure how up to date this page is, but there are multiple ways of getting packages between computers. Have a look at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AptGet/Offline.

Also note that the Ubuntu alternate install CD can be used as a CD-ROM repository. I think the LiveCD may also work these days.

October 16th, 2010, 06:39 PM
Thank you once again for the help.