Install/compile Unetbootin Tarball (tar.gz) in debian 8 lxde

I have tried installing Unetbootin with the command lines

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unetbootin

when I enter the first line it says “add-apt-repository: command not found” so I am now trying to install the TAR BALL using the instructions found here UNetbootin / Wiki / compile


  1. Extract the tarball and cd to it

  2. Run the following commands:

when I change the directory to the downloads folder where the contents of the tar ball are like this. (after extract of tar files 2 download folder)
“root@host:~/Downloads# lupdate-qt4” I get the lower message back
“bash: lupdate-qt4: command not found”

none of Those other commands work either. I have however managed to get the tar ball to extract a mess of files into the downloads folder with another command much like a beached whale explodes with decomposing gas and spills its guts all over the beach.

Why are you trying to compile it when it comes as a binary ?

What’s the output from:

uname -a

and I’ll post instructions

I don’t know the details of what “compile” means or “binary” I thought compile was just another word for installing in Linux. I am only trying to install it so i can find the icon and click on it.

The output for the " uname -a " command is…

Linux host 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u4 (2016-02-29) x86_64 GNU/Linux

Okay we’ll download the unetbootin binary and make it appear in your menu under “System Tools”

Open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full


sudo mkdir -p /opt/unetbootin


cd /opt/unetbootin


sudo wget


sudo wget


sudo chmod +x /opt/unetbootin/unetbootin-linux64-613.bin


sudo leafpad /usr/share/applications/unetbootin.desktop

when a BLANK file opens, make it read

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Make a bootable USB stick

SAVE the file and exit the leafpad text editor

Check to see if the icon is now in your menu at:-

menu > System Tools > Unetbootin

If not, log off/on

PS. - If your default text editor is something other than leafpad, you’ll have to adjust the last command accordingly.

Hint for the future … if you ever see any instruction for adding a “ppa” via “add-apt-repository”, they’re instructions for Ubuntu NOT Debian :wink: