How to convert RPM software packages to Debian (.deb)

Maybe you have had this problem: you are using Debian or Ubuntu Linux and a software package you would like to install is only available in RPM format. The solution is the handy tool called alien, which converts .rpm files to .deb files. Install alien:

apt-get install alien

Converting an rpm package to Debian format:

alien --to-deb /tmp/mysoftwarefile.rpm

Conversions from .deb to rpm are also possible:

alien --to-rpm /tmp/mysoftwarefile.deb

1 thought on “How to convert RPM software packages to Debian (.deb)”

  1. About every month or two, such an item appears.
    Packages created by alien may work, if you happen to have
    all the dependencies installed.
    If not, you’re out of luck! Alien doesn’t give any help at all.


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