How to fix ‘add-apt-repository command not found’ Error on Ubuntu and Debian

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One of the many ways to install software on Ubuntu or Debian is to use a PPA (Personal Package Archive).

If you want to add a new PPA repository, you’ll have to use the add-apt-repository command in the following fashion:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:some/ppa

In Debian, elementary OS and sometimes on Ubuntu, you’ll see the error that the add-apt-repository command is missing.

sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found

Let’s see how to fix this annoying error.

The error is simple. The package add-apt-repository is not installed on your system.

But if you try to use sudo apt-get install add-apt-repository, it won’t work.

It’s because the add-apt-repository command is part of package software-properties-common and you need to install this package in order to install add-apt-repository.

In a terminal use this command:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

Once you’ve installed software-properties-common, you should update the system using this command:

sudo apt-get update

You can now comfortably use add-apt-repository or apt-add-repository commands to add PPAs.

I hope this quick tip helped you fix the “add-apt-repository: command not found” error on Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions.

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