How To Install Non-Free Packages In Debian

The default installation of Debian doesn’t include proprietary packages or drivers. So after a fresh install, you may experience a lack of hardware functionality because non-free firmware isn’t installed.

It can however be changed, here’s how :

First, open the Debian repository list using any text editor like nano/vim :

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

editing Debian repository list

Next, add the word non-free at the end.

Then update:

sudo apt-get update

Now, the installation of non-free drivers/blobs will be supported. To install such firmware blobs :

sudo apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree

installing non-free firmware in Debian


Reboot to apply the changes.

All done.


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