Easily Manage PPAs In Ubuntu 13.10 With Y PPA Manager

You installed a fresh new Ubuntu 13.10 and then you did all the must to do things after installing Ubuntu 13.10. Did you notice one thing that you have installed several applications using PPA? Even when you delete the application installed using the PPA, the PPA remains in your list of sources. Sooner or later, it may cause the typical Failed to download repository information error.

I have written in detail on how to delete a PPA. People who are more accustomed to Windows can use Ubuntu Software Centre in the same way they use add remove program in Windows. But this still not very friendly way to handle PPA, specially for absolute beginners to Linux.

Y PPA Manager:

Keeping these things in mind Andrew from Webupd8 has developed Y PPA Manager, a GUI tool to manage PPAs in the best possible way. Its a complete tool that does all the things you will be doing with PPAs in command line. Moreover, it also fixes an issue or two automatically. Here are some of the main features of Y PPA Manager:

  • See all the PPA added to your system. Remove and purge apps from here.
  • Install PPAs without needing to update all the software sources (suited for people with slow network connection)
  • Search for available PPAs in Launchpad
  • Remove duplicate PPAs
  • Fix BADSIG error and other such common issues

Lets see how to install Y PPA Manager in Ubuntu 13.10, previous versions and other distributions like Linux Mint.

Install Y PPA Manager in Ubuntu 13.10:

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) using the following commands:

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

Once installed, go to Unity Dash in Ubuntu and look for PPA. Click on it to launch it.

Install Y PPA Manager in Ubuntu 13.10

The interface of Y PPA Manager looks like this:

Install Y PPA Manager in Ubuntu 13.10

I am not going in detail in how to use it for different purposes because its pretty obvious and definitely not rocket science. Feel free to let me know if you face issues with it. Your suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

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