How To Install Zlib on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install Zlib on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Zlib on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The Zlib package is a popular data compression library that is used by many programs and libraries. If you are developing software that requires the Zlib library, or if you are using a program that depends on it, you will need to install it on your Ubuntu system. Zlib is also a crucial component of many software platforms, including Linux, macOS, and iOS.

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 Zlib on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, 18.04, 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).
  • 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 Zlib on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

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
sudo apt install curl build-essential gnupg2 gnupg wget software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing the Zlib package on Ubuntu 22.04.

  • Install Zlib from the Default Ubuntu Repository √

By default, the Zlib is available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest version of Zlib to your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install zlib1g-dev

To verify that the Zlib package has been installed successfully, you can run the following command:

zlib-config --version
  • Install Zlib from the Official Source √

Run the following command below to download the source code archive:


Next, extract the file from the downloaded package:

tar -xvf zlib-1.2.13.tar.gz

Change the directory where the package is extracted and configure:

./configure --prefix=/usr/local/zlib
sudo make install

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

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