How To Install RPM Packages on Ubuntu

Install RPM Packages on Ubuntu

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install RPM Packages on Ubuntu. For those of you who didn’t know, RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) is a package management system used by Linux distributions based on the Red Hat family, such as Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and CentOS. An RPM package is a file that contains all of the information and files needed to install, update, or remove a software program on a Linux system.

RPM packages have the file extension “.rpm” and they are designed to be self-contained, meaning that they include all of the necessary files, dependencies, and information needed to install the software. They also include information about the software’s version, the author, and any other relevant details.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the RPM Packages on Ubuntu Linux. You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for RPM Packages.
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install RPM Packages on Ubuntu

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Alien Package.

Alien is a command-line tool that can convert between different package formats. Before installing Alien, you will need to add a software repository called “Universe”:

sudo add-apt-repository universe

After the repository is enabled, now update the packages index and install the alien package using the following command:

sudo apt updatesudo apt install alien

Step 3. Convert the RPM Package to DEB.

You can convert the RPM package to DEB by running the following command in the terminal:

sudo alien package_name.rpm

This above command will convert the RPM package to the DEB format, and it will create a new file named “package_name.deb” in the current directory.

Step 4. Installing the DEB Package.

We can install the newly converted DEB package with the dpkg command:

sudo dpkg -i package_name.deb

You can verify that the package is installed and working properly by running the following command below in the terminal:

dpkg -l | grep package_name

Congratulations! You have successfully installed RPM Packages. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing RPM Packages on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Ubuntu website.

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