Easily Manage PPAs In Ubuntu With Y PPA Manager

The easiest way to install applications in Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions is the Software Center. But you might have experienced there are a number of Ubuntu applications not available in the Software Center.

So you resort to googling and come across the alternate method of installing apps via PPA. You might have even installed a handful of them.

The problem with PPAs are that they are entirely command line based. Managing them in command line is not what everyone prefers. Once you’ve installed a significant number of PPAs it gets cumbersome to manage them and deal with PPA related issues through the terminal.

Here is a more friendly way to manage PPAs, the GUI way.

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. It’s 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
  • Backup and Restore your PPAs

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

Install Y PPA Manager in Ubuntu

Okay! so you have to use terminal once again to install Y PPA Manager via its PPA. Sort of ironic but you’ll be able to manage the PPAs graphically once you install it.

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

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

Once installed, go to the menu and look for PPA. Click on it to launch it.

Install Y PPA Manager in Ubuntu 13.10

This is what the interface looks like.

YPPA user interface
Y PPA Manager Interface

Let’s see how to manage your PPAs with Y PPA Manager.

Add a PPA

To add a PPA, click on ‘Add a PPA’ button and type in the name of the PPA and click OK. You can get the PPA name by googling or from launchpad.

YPPA add repository
Adding a PPA

Search for a PPA

There is also the functionality to search for PPAs, but many a times the basic search results in too many results and its not easy to find the right one unless you know the exact name of the PPA.

YPPA search
Searching for a PPA
YPPA search results
Result for PPA search

Manage Your PPAs

When you click on the ‘Manage PPAs’ button (from the main interface) it lists all your installed PPAs and allows you to remove, purge and take other actions on your PPA’s.

Remove action removes the PPA and purge uninstalls the applications installed by that PPA in addition to removing the PPA.

Managing installed PPAs

The Advanced tab also allows you to fix BADSIG issues, find missing GPG keys, backup and restore your PPAs.

Fixing common issues with PPAs

That’s about all the things you can do using the Y PPA manager, very easy and intuitive. If you want to know more about PPAs here is a complete guide to using PPAs.

Have you tried using Y PPA Manager? How’s your experience with it? Do let us know in the comments.

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  • Just now installed Y-PPA and its working fine.
    had to remove 2 double ppa’s -oops
    I only have 3 PPA’s working on my system as I prefer theUbuntu software path.
    I wonder whether Y-PPA is automatically updating the ppa’s registered with it , or do I have to use the Update function in Y-PPA ‘s “Manage ppa”?

  • You should emphasize more that when you add a PPA you implicitly trust everything you can install from that site.