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How to install GitKraken on Linux

GitKraken is a robust Git client that can help you take control of your programming code. In this guide, we’ll go over how to install it on Linux systems.

Note: aside from Linux, the GitKraken Git client also supports Mac OS and Windows. For more information, head here.

Ubuntu installation instructions

The GitKraken Git client is available for all Ubuntu Linux users, version 16.04 and above, via a downloadable DEB package. If you’re using Ubuntu and want to get the client working, start out by opening up a terminal window on the desktop. You can open a terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard.

Once the terminal window is open,  use the wget command to download the latest DEB version of GitKraken. Alternatively, if you prefer, head over to this link here and download the latest version that way.

wget https://release.gitkraken.com/linux/gitkraken-amd64.deb -O ~/Downloads/gitkraken-amd64.deb

After downloading the DEB package file, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the package file is located.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” folder, the installation of GitKraken can begin on Ubuntu. Using the Apt package manager, set up the DEB package on your system.

sudo apt install ./gitkraken-amd64.deb -y

Debian installation instructions

The GitKraken Git client is supported by Debian versions 9.0, 10.0 and higher. If you’re looking to get the app working on your system, start by launching a terminal window. To launch a terminal press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard.

When the terminal window is open and ready to go, use the wget command to download the DEB package directly from the internet. Alternatively, click on this link here.

wget https://release.gitkraken.com/linux/gitkraken-amd64.deb -O ~/Downloads/gitkraken-amd64.deb

Once the download is complete, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Next, use the Dpkg command to start the installation process. Keep in mind that during this installation, you may notice errors pop up on the screen. These are dependency errors and can be fixed by following this guide.

sudo dpkg -i gitkraken-amd64.deb

Arch Linux installation instructions

Arch Linux does not enjoy official support like other Linux distributions. However, it doesn’t matter, as the Arch community has an AUR package that gets it working anyways. To install it on your system, start by launching a terminal and use the Pacman command to set up the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

With the two packages set up on your Linux PC, use the git clone command to download the Trizen AUR helper.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

Set up the Trizen app with the makepkg command.

cd trizen
makepkg -sri

Finally, use the trizen command to set up the latest version of GitKraken.

trizen -S gitkraken

Fedora installation instructions

Fedora Linux has an RPM package file available for those who want to set up GitKraken. To install the app, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. After that, use the wget command to download the file. Or download it here.

wget https://release.gitkraken.com/linux/gitkraken-amd64.rpm -O ~/Downloads/gitkraken-amd64.rpm

Using the CD command, move the terminal window into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Finally, install GitKraken on Fedora Linux with the dnf command.

sudo dnf install gitkraken-amd64.rpm

OpenSUSE installation instructions

Thanks to the RPM package file available on GitKraken’s website, you can get the app working on any OpenSUSE Linux distribution. To start the installation, launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard.

When the terminal window is open, use the wget command to grab the latest RPM package. Alternatively, download it here.

wget https://release.gitkraken.com/linux/gitkraken-amd64.rpm -O ~/Downloads/gitkraken-amd64.rpm

After downloading the RPM package, move into the “Downloads” directory with the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Lastly, install the RPM package to get GitKraken working.

sudo zypper install gitkraken-amd64.rpm

Generic Linux installation instructions

If you’re using a lesser-known Linux operating system, you can still use GitKraken by downloading the GZip archive. To download it, open up a terminal window and use the wget command below.

wget https://release.gitkraken.com/linux/gitkraken-amd64.tar.gz -O ~/Downloads/gitkraken-amd64.tar.gz

Once the GZip file is done downloading, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” folder, use the tar command to extract the contents of the archive.

tar xvf gitkraken-amd64.tar.gz

Finally, run the app with:

cd gitkraken

./gitkraken

Snap package installation instructions

There’s a Snap version of GitKraken, and it’s one of the easiest ways to get the app working on Linux. To start the installation, you must have the Snapd runtime set up on your computer. To set up Snapd, follow this guide here.

When you’ve finished setting up the Snapd runtime, use the snap install command below to get GitKraken installed.

sudo snap install gitkraken

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