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Simple symlink-based package manager for local installations (without sudo)

Project description

Simple symlink-based package manager for local installations (without sudo). Meant for Debian-based distributions: such as Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint and so on.

This package is born out of the frustration of a typical grad student who has no admin-rights over the machine, and has to rely on the system-admin over and over for installation of that “X” package.


  • Debian-based OS or atleast dpkg installed
  • GNU Stow: HTTP | FTP | Git | CPAN

If Stow is not available in the system you may use this script to install it.

Quick start

Install the package using either of the following commands

python install --user  # with the source code
pip install apt-local --user  # without the source code

Installing a .deb package is made as simple as:

usage: apt-local install [-h] pkg

positional arguments:

For example apt-local install wget.


To get started create a local directory where you would like the package to be installed. For example ~/.local or <path-to-scratch-directory>/.local and a directory called apt-cache under it (very important!).

mkdir -p ~/.local/apt-cache

Now change your current directory to apt-cache and install, for instance:

cd ~/.local/apt-cache
apt-local install wget

Make your installation useable by setting up environment variables such as PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, CPATH etc. in the ~/.profile or ~/.bashrc. The following snippet can be adapted:

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.local/bin
export CPATH=$CPATH:$HOME/.local/include

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