How to add Medibuntu repository in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise pangolin and 11.10| Via Terminal and GUI

Updated 10/03/2012  Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical  variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues:


  • patentability of software, algorithms, formats and other abstract creation
  • legal restrictions on freedom of speech or communication
  • restrictions on the use of certain types of technical solution, such as cryptography
  • legal restrictions on imports of software technology, requiring for example specific permissions
  • etc.

In this tutorial will show you how to add medibuntu repository to Ubuntu 9.10+ and above including the upcoming release Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin

1- Install Medibuntu using  command Line in Ubuntu 9.10 + ( Including Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin):

  • Open terminal and enter the folowing command :
sudo -E wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update

Medibuntu’s repository is deactivated by upgrading to a newer Ubuntu release, so you should run this command again after the release upgrade.

  • Now you may also wish to add the following packages. The first (APP-INSTALL-DATA-MEDIBUNTU) will cause many apps from the Medibuntu repository to appear in Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 9.10+) or Add/Remove Applications (versions prior to 9.10). The second will allow users to generate crash reports against Medibuntu packages and submit them to the Medibuntu bugtracker.
 sudo apt-get install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu

2- Install MediBuntu in ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 via GUI:

This method consist on adding Medibuntu repository via GUI without using command line, this is good for people that are new to Linux and that are not used to Terminal:

THe steps are easy, just follow the instructions as described in the screenshots bellow:

1- First thing we need to do is to Download the GPG key and save it in your computer:


2- Now Open “Ubuntu software center”, to do that Go to Power–> System Setting or go to Menu(Ubuntu icon on Top left) and search software center

3- Open Software Center :


4- Go to edit and select software sources:


5- Go now to Authentication, import the medibuntu Key you downloaded at the begining of the post.


6 – Now we need to add the free and non free repositories, to do that , in the “software sources” go to Tab “Other software” and click on add, then add the following repositories:

deb natty free non-free


Now the repositories will be listed in other software list:


7 – Now go back to software center, click Get software on the top left , you will see that Medibuntu also is listed there:


Is done.

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Paul

    Everything did as shown, but there is no Medbuntu under Get Software.

  • Paul

    Showing up now after restart.

  • zinovsky

    enter your message here…[quote=Paul]Showing up now after restart.[/quote]
    As you see from the screenshots, we test our tutorials before to publish them.

  • wes

    I did this and even after a restart I’m not seeing the Medibuntu at all… even with both checked under software sources

  • Brian

    I’m in the same boat as Wes. This is NOT working for me either. I tried both methods (GUI & Terminal), and Medibuntu never shows up under Get Software. (even after restarting my system) This is an old system: P4, 512 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD. Is that the problem?

  • Brian

    After installing other Ubuntu apps & upgrades, I noticed Medibuntu was finally listed under Get Software. Not sure why it is finally showing up, but I am happy it’s there. Thumbs up!

  • imam

    after i intall using terminal (my fault.i’m a beginner but insist using terminal) i found this error message:

    Reading package lists… Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/id.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_binary-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

    what should i do? now i cannot update anything…

  • Simon

    help !! What do i do with this problem??

    Could not initialize the package information

    An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information.

    Please report this bug against the ‘update-manager’ package and include the following error message:

    ‘E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/viewizard.com_linux_debian_en, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.’

  • Simon

    i also tried to remove it like this and didn’t work :(

    megalomaniac@megalomaniac:~$ sudo apt-get remove app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu
    [sudo] password for megalomaniac:
    Reading package lists… Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/viewizard.com_linux_debian_en
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

  • nugrahajawa

    nice info, it really work
    thanks coz i newbie all about linux

  • eGaTS

    I used the terminal method, but forgot I still had Software Center already running when I did it. I’m guessing that’s why Medibuntu wasn’t showing under Get Software? The key is showing up under Authentication, and Medibuntu is showing up under Other Sources, and it’s checked. I exited Software Center, and ran the "sudo apt-get install app-install-data-medibuntu apport-hooks-medibuntu" line again. It says nothing was updated (since it’s all current) but now it’s showing up under Get Software :)

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  • Raja Biswas

    "mport the medibuntu Key you downloaded at the begining of the post"
    Everything is all right except I did not found the location of this key file. I am new to the Linux Environment. Please help me to locate this key file.

  • Crans

    terminal states latest medibuntu installed yet it does not show up in software center even after restart as well as system updates, strange

  • Crans

    now showing after multiple updates and app installs, thanks

  • alec

    Using the two apt-get after following the gui instructions (a bit weird maybe…) made it work for me. Thanks!

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  • Iscrunchywithketchup

    Hmmm…now that Oneiric (11.10) is out, could you update this to include how to find Medibuntu software in Oneiric?

  • Prometeohoy

    Followed your instructions to the letter, by the way screen shots very helpful, software center does not look like that but managed to get all the way to step 7 to find out that medibuntu is actually not listed. I am operating with 11.10 and the software center does not remotely resemble that screen shot at the end and no medibuntu there even when it appears in the prior  screens as instructed. still cant make it work.

  • Xotten

    Thanks ! was a big help for me.

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  • Prashant Gupta

    i am trying to install medibuntu on ubuntu 10.04 though above steps.. but it is showing 404 error…

    –2013-07-07 19:38:37–
    Connecting to||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
    2013-07-07 19:38:37 ERROR 404: Not Found.

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