How To Add PPA To Software Sources With Synaptic Package Manager

There are a number of ways by which you can add a PPA (Private Package Repository) to Software Sources in Ubuntu Linux. In a previous post I showed you, “How To Add PPA To Software Sources In Ubuntu Linux From Ubuntu Software Center”. In this post I will tell you how to add a PPA in Ubuntu software sources, using Synaptic Package Manager. While most Ubuntu and Debian users may be aware of this procedure, it can be of immense convenience for beginners to learn how to use the Synaptic Package Manager.

Step 1: It must be noted that Synaptic Package Manager does not come with Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot or Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, therefore you will have to install it from the Ubuntu Software Center, (by typing Synaptic Package Manager in the search bar). Once done, launch Synaptic Package Manager to add a PPA, (click Settings –> Repositories.)

Add Repository

Step 2: In the next step, head over to the Software Sources tab (in the new window that pops-up) and click Add.


Step 3: Enter the PPA of the repository that you wish to add and click Add Source.


Step 4: Finally, hit Reload from the main interface to load the repository.


This will add the PPA to software sources immediately. Hitting Reload button ensures that the PPA is instantly added.


Synaptic Package Manager is one of the most favorite tools for adding PPAs and is perhaps one o the easiest methods for beginners and even pro Ubuntu and Debian users. You can also add PPAs via the Terminal, e.g. by entering a PPA by using the following format.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:repository name

Synaptic Package Manager also includes convenient PPA management options, including the following:

  • You can install, remove, upgrade and downgrade one or numerous packages.
  • You can upgrade your entire Ubuntu system.
  • You can easily manage package repositories (sources.list).
  • You can locate a package by its name, description and other attributes.
  • You can select packages by status, section, name or other custom filters.
  • You can easily sort through packages by their name, status, size and version.
  • You can quickly browse online documentation related for a specific package.
  • You can download the latest change log for a package.
  • Packages can be locked to their current version.
  • You can force the installation of a package version.
  • Undo/Redo option for selections.
  • It has a built in Terminal emulator for package manager and more.

You can also use another handy tool known as Y PPA Manager, which allows searching and adding PPAs from Launchpad. Other the Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager can also be downloaded for Ubuntu and Debian versions, from the download link given below.

Download Synaptic Package Manager