Because the Raspberry Pi OS is a Linux-based operating system, you’ll be doing most of your tasks through the terminal, including installing apps. There are various methods that you can use to install an application and this article will provide you with detailed information about each method to help you install applications from different sources, so let’s start discussing them.
Installing apps on your Raspberry Pi is not a difficult job, and you can do it in several ways, which are presented below:
Step 1: Install Apps on Raspberry Pi via apt Installer
Installing the application via the “apt” installer seems to be the best solution as most applications are already included in the official Raspberry Pi source list and you can install them directly using the following syntax:
$ sudo apt install -y
You will install most applications with the above command. However, you may need to install a few more dependencies to run some applications on your Raspberry Pi desktop.
Step 2: Install apps on Raspberry Pi via deb package
Some apps are not on the official Raspberry Pi source list and you need to download them from an external source in order to successfully install them on your Raspberry Pi. Downloading the application’s deb package is a convenient way to install an application from an external source. However, you must ensure that the downloaded package supports your Raspberry Pi OS.
For example, if you are running a 64-bit OS on your Raspberry Pi, you need to download the deb package for the aarch64 architecture, and for a 32-bit OS, you will need to download the amvl7 version of the package.
To download a deb package from source, you can use the “wget” command using the following syntax:
After downloading the deb package from the source, you can use the following syntax to install the application on your Raspberry Pi.
$ sudo apt install ./.deb
Step 3: Install Apps on Raspberry Pi via Pi-Apps
Pi-Apps is a great platform for installing apps on your Raspberry Pi and you can easily install it with the following script:
$ wget -qO-
On this platform, you will find several programs ready to be downloaded to your Raspberry Pi and you can easily install them without installing any additional packages.
4. Install apps through “Add/Remove Software for Raspberry Pi”.
The Raspberry Pi also has a built-in platform for adding or removing software to your operating system. You can open this platform by going to the main menu and under “Settings” you will find it.
Once you open “Add/Remove Software” on your Raspberry Pi, you’ll find several options. If you click on any option, you will be presented with a list of packages/software associated with the selected option.
You can install them on your Raspberry Pi by checking the box and clicking the Apply button to install the selected package.
Step 5: Install Applications via pip
The Python Package Installer (pip) is another great way to install applications on the Raspberry Pi, available on a platform called “pi-wheels”. However, to download the app, you first need to install pip on your Raspberry Pi with the following command:
$ sudo apt install python3-pip
Once installed, you can install the application using the following syntax:
$ pip3 install
Installing apps or packages on your Raspberry Pi is not a difficult task as there are many ways you can easily install any app. We have selected five of the easiest ways to install apps on your Raspberry Pi. You can’t install an app with a single method, so in that case, you need to try the other methods mentioned in the above guidelines in order to successfully install the app on your Raspberry Pi.
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