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1623 – How do I install ActivDriver on Linux Ubuntu?

Applicable to:

  • ActivDriver

    ActivDriver

  • Linux

    Linux

ActivDriver can be installed via the Terminal, or using the Synaptic Package Manager application.

Select your operating system to display instructions for both Terminal and Synaptic Package Manager installation methods:
Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic)
Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial)

Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic)

Terminal

  • Make a backup: sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup
  • Edit the sources.list file: sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Add the following line: deb http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/ubuntu bionic oss non-oss and save the file.
  • Download the authentication key: cd Downloads && wget http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/PrometheanLtd.asc
  • Add the authentication key: sudo apt-key add PrometheanLtd.asc
  • Update the repo cache: sudo apt update
  • Install ActivDriver’s packages: sudo apt install activdriver activtools
  • You will be asked to install other packages, including activaid. Enter Y.

You may see some ‘not found’ errors, especially when installing for the first time; this is normal.  You must restart your computer to complete the installation process.

Synaptic Package Manager

Go to http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/PrometheanLtd.asc in your browser. Right click on the page and select Save Page As…
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Select your Downloads folder and click Save.

To install ActivDriver, you need to use Synaptic Package Manager. If it is not already installed on your computer, open Ubuntu Software and search for Synaptic. Install Synaptic Package Manager. Enter your password when prompted.

Open Synaptic Package Manager, click the Settings menu and then Repositories. Select the Other Software tab, then click Add.
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Type the following into the box and click Add Source.
deb http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/ubuntu bionic oss non-oss

Select the Authentication tab and click Import Key File.
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Locate the file you saved in your Downloads folder, and click OK.
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Close the Software Sources window. If you receive a prompt, close the window and return to Synaptic Package Manager. Click Reload.
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Now click Search and type activdriver. Click Search.

Right click on the activdriver package, and click Mark for Installation. Click Apply at the top of the window.

Right click on the activtools package, and click Mark for Installation. Click Apply again to install ActivDriver. You must restart your computer to complete the installation process.

Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial)

Terminal

  • Make a backup: sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup
  • Edit the sources.list file: sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Add the following line: deb http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/ubuntu xenial oss non-oss and save the file.
  • Download the authentication key: cd Downloads && wget http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/PrometheanLtd.asc
  • Add the authentication key: sudo apt-key add PrometheanLtd.asc
  • Update the repo cache: sudo apt update
  • Install ActivDriver’s packages: sudo apt install activtools
  • You will be asked to install other packages, including activaid and activdriver. Enter Y.

You may see some ‘not found’ errors, especially when installing for the first time; this is normal.  You must restart your computer to complete the installation process.

Synaptic Package Manager

Go to http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/PrometheanLtd.asc in your browser. Right click on the page and select Save Page As…
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Select your Downloads folder and click Save.

Search your computer for the Software & Updates application. Open it and select the Other Software tab, then click Add.
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Type the following into the box and click Add Source.
deb http://activsoftware.co.uk/linux/repos/driver/ubuntu xenial oss non-oss
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Select the Authentication tab and click Import Key File.
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Locate the file you saved in your Downloads folder, and click OK.
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Close the Software & Updates window. If prompted, click Reload.
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To install ActivDriver, you need to use Synaptic Package Manager. If it is not already installed on your computer, open Ubuntu Software and search for Synaptic. Install Synaptic Package Manager. Enter your password when prompted.

Close Ubuntu Software, and open Synaptic Package Manager.

Click Search and type activtools. Click Search.
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Right click on activtools and click Mark for Installation.
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Click Mark, and then click Apply at the top of the window.
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Click Apply again to install ActivDriver. You must restart your computer to complete the installation process.

ActivDriver can also be uninstalled via Synaptic Package Manager. Simply highlight the ActivDriver package, click Mark for Complete Removal and then Apply.

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