Using Debian dpkg With .deb Files

Pack It Up

Using Debian, if you run apt-get or aptitude to download and install a package only to find it's not available from the Debian or other repositories, you can download it as a .deb file and install it manually.

After download, a .deb file won't self install. To complete the installation, use dpkg commands as root user.

To install:
dpkg-i filename.deb
dpkg --install filename.deb

Other dpkg commands:

To remove:
dpkg -r filename.deb
dpkg --remove filename.deb

To unpack:
dpkg --unpack filename.deb

To configure:
dpkg --configure filename.deb

Check out the man page for more options.