Adding PPAs In Ubuntu (Using Terminal)

We have covered Adding PPAs in Ubuntu ,But that method seems to be consuming a lot of time.

We know that CLI can really save our precious time, so here's the simple tutorial explaining how-to add PPA from Terminal.

Suppose, I wanna download HandBrake: Open Source Video TranscoderApplication from Official PPA of Handbrake.
PPAs are usually found in : Personal Package Archives : Ubuntu

Go to Launchpad website & search for the Application you need to download, In this tutorial we will be adding Handbrake Official PPA.

Now, Open the Terminal & Type :
 sudo add-apt-repository APT-Line 
What is APT-Line ? Check out the image below :

To Add "Handbrake" Official PPA, I have to type in Terminal as :
 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases 
& Press Enter.
Again two options in Terminal will pop, something like :
- Press "Enter" to ADD PPA ( or continue)
- Press "Ctrl+c" to leave.

Press "Enter" & the keyrings & repository.list will be downloaded to your computer.

Now, In Terminal Type :
 sudo apt-get update 
to update the repository.

And then, you can use :
 sudo apt-get install APP_NAME 
to Download the Application/File you want to install from modified repository.

Here as we are using PPA for handbrake, we'll download Handbrake by:
 sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk 


  • Kaustubh Katdare
    Kaustubh Katdare
    Okay, why use Terminals for the PPAs when you've the GUI? Are there any advantages?

    Sorry, if the question is n00b!
  • Abhishek Rawal
    Abhishek Rawal
    Kaustubh Katdare
    Okay, why use Terminals for the PPAs when you've the GUI? Are there any advantages?
    Using GUI, you have to click on [Ubuntu Software Center] then [Software Sources] then [Other Softwares] & then you have to add [APT Line], then Update the repository.Dang this is such a waste of time.
    However, I have even seen "GPG Error...No PUB Key" popping while adding PPA using GUI. (In Terminal I never get such kind of error)

    Using Terminal, Write 3 commands which takes hardly 10-12 seconds to Add PPA & update the repository.Simple-Easy-Less time consuming & thus recommended.

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