How To Convert RPM File Into DEB File In Linux Mint

Here’s how to convert a .rpm file into a .deb file in Linux Mint using ‘alien’ utility:

1. Issue the following command at the terminal -

sudo apt-get install alien

Enter ‘y’ to confirm the installation.

2. Now we’ll convert ‘opera-10.62-6438.i386.rpm’ into a .deb file. Issue the following command at the terminal -

sudo alien <file-name>

In our case,

sudo alien opera-10.62-6438.i386.rpm

Notice that the version number of the converted package changed from 10.62-6438 to 10.62-6439. If you want to preserve the original version number, use the ‘-k’ option. (So the command in our case would have been ‘sudo alien -k opera-10.62-6438.i386.rpm‘, if we were to preserve the original version number).

3. Now issue the following command at the terminal -

sudo chmod 777 opera-10.62-6439.i386.deb

This will ensure that users will have permissions to install the converted .deb file.

4. Now let us install opera browser using the converted .deb file -

5. That’s it. Opera browser installed, up and running from a .deb file converted from a .rpm file. Note that this utility supports conversion from LSB, Red Hat, Stampede and Slackware packages. This utility is very useful in case you want to install a package which is not available as a .deb file and should work on all Debian based derivative distributions including Ubuntu.

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