Alien : rpm to deb


Ever wanted to convert a .rpm file to .deb file ?

Alien” is a tool that comes handy for this 🙂


If you are a Debian or an Ubuntu user, install the “Alien” as follows:

$ sudo apt-get install alien

Once this is installed, we are ready to convert our .rpm file to .deb

$ alien -d package-name.rpm

The above command will generate the respective .deb file, which can be installed as usual, as follows:

$ sudo dpkg -i package-name.deb


If you want to keep alien from changing the version number use the following command

#alien -k rpm-package-file.rpm


Suppose we have a avg antivirus avg71lms-r30-a0782.i386.rpm file

To convert .rpm to debian

#alien -k avg71lms-r30-a0782.i386.rpm

Now you should be having avg71lms-r30-a0782.i386.deb file


P.S: please refer man alien for more info.

“Sometimes Aliens can come to our rescue” 🙂

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