File Extension DEB

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    Debian Linux Package Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a DEB file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a DEB file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your DEB file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The DEB file extension identifies standard Unix installation archives for Debian-based Linux distributions. Deb files contain several bzip, gzip, or LZMA compressed archives. In addition to the actual program data, a DEB file also contains information about installation and dependencies.

In addition to the normal installation packages, so-called binary packages, there are also source packages containing uncoiled program data, the source text. Source packages are not easy to install, but must be converted to a binary package by compiling the source code.

Deb files are generally only installed on Debian-based systems. If a DEB file is executable (has the appropriate rights), it can be started and installed by double-clicking. They are not compatible with rpm packages (another Linux installation format), but can be converted with the alien program. It should be noted that, of course, the underlying architecture must remain the same. (a 64bit program only runs on a 64 bit operating system)

If you want to look into DEB files, a file manager such as the Konqueror or Midnight Commander is usually enough.

Programs which can open a DEB file

How to open a DEB file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the DEB file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a DEB file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support DEB files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a DEB file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all DEB files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with DEB there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the DEB file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the DEB file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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