Q. I want to download a package from Ubuntu repository, I don't want to install it on local machine but want to copy to other machine which does not have INTERNET? How can I do that?

A. By default when you use apt-get install packagename, it will try to install the package, there is –download-only option with apt-get install command to do just a download.

Suppose now I want to download only gbemol package and don't want to install it, use below command to do this.

apt-get install gbemol –download-only

Example output:

root@surendra:/home/surendra# apt-get install gbemol --download-only 

Reading package lists... Done 

Building dependency tree 

Reading state information... Done 

Suggested packages: 


The following NEW packages will be installed: 


0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. 

Need to get 66.8 kB of archives. 

After this operation, 283 kB of additional disk space will be used. 

Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty/universe gbemol i386 0.3.2-1 [66.8 kB] 

Fetched 66.8 kB in 0s (77.4 kB/s) 

Download complete and in download only mode 

If you see above log package is just downloaded, but it did not mention where it is downloaded. There is a default location for all downloaded and downloaded/installed packages in Ubuntu. The location is /var/cache/apt/archive

Now search for your package in this location and copy it to other machine where you want to install it. I hope this helps some one who are in need. Please post your comments on this.

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Mr Surendra Anne is from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a Linux/Open source supporter who believes in Hard work, A down to earth person, Likes to share knowledge with others, Loves dogs, Likes photography. He works as Devops Engineer with Taggle systems, an IOT automatic water metering company, Sydney . You can contact him at surendra (@) linuxnix dot com.