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Find PPA With Application Name Using Y PPA Manager

Personal Package Archives (PPA) allow users to easily download and install software in Ubuntu Linux. Unfortunately, it can be a bit difficult for novices to understand this process which involves accessing software sources for adding an APT line of the repository. Y PPA Manager is a tool which simplifies this process. It allows adding, deleting and purging PPAs easily. You can also search and install PPA from Launchpad repositories by entering the name of an application.

Install Y PPA manager by entering the following commands in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager

The main interface is quite self explanatory. You can Add a new PPA from the Add button and delete added sources from the Remove button. To get a list of your packages from “List Packages”. The Advanced option allows backing up, restoring and purging PPAs.

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What makes this application really useful is its PPA search ability. To easily find a Launchpad PPA, click on Search all Launchpad PPAs and enter an application name. You can also enable the Deep Search option for a more advanced search, but in that case, the result might take longer to display. Click OK to proceed.


This will display the result for the available PPA for the application. This makes searching for Private Package Repositories quite easy, since you don’t require searching for convoluted PPAs on the internet and can get the appropriate package by merely entering an application’s name.


This application has been developed by Andrew’s WEBUPD8 team. You can visit WEBUPD8 Launchpad link given below to find out more about this application and to download Y PPA Manager.

Download Y PPA Manager

[via WebUpd8]

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