Fixing “bash: add-apt-repository: command not found” Error on Ubuntu/Debian Linux
Trying to add a new repository on Ubuntu or Debian Linux but getting the error “bash: add-apt-repository: command not found”? This unfortunately happens quite often and can be frustrating. Fortunately, the fix is a relatively straightforward one and this guide will show you the steps you need to take in order to get back up and running quickly.
The first step is to install the software-properties-common package. This will give you access to the repository update command “add-apt-repository” in order to be able to add a new repository to the sources list:
- Run sudo apt-get update first
- Run sudo apt-get install software-properties-common to install the package
- Run sudo apt-get install python-software-properties to install the required Python module
Once the above steps have been completed, you should be able to run the “add-apt-repository” command without any further issues. For example, to add the Google Chrome repository:
- Run sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main”
- Run sudo apt-get update to update the repository list
- Run sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable to install Google Chrome
Hopefully this guide has helped you with any issues you may have had when trying to add a new repository on Ubuntu or Debian Linux. Be sure to follow the steps closely and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch.