How to open a deb file on a mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by to1986, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. to1986 macrumors regular

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    I was wondering how I go about opening a deb file on a mac running OSX 10.6? thanks
     
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Do you mean purely "open" them, rather than "install" them? A .deb file is a packaged software installer for Debian Linux (and its derivatives.) If you want to install it, you're out of luck, I don't know of any way to install .deb packages on OS X.

    If all you want to do is expand the package to look inside, try dpkg-deb, specifically the -x command-line option.
     
  3. to1986 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ye i am just trying to expand the package. I couldn't open the link u attached, but in terminal i cd to the location of the file, and I typed in: dpkg-deb -x filename.deb

    but it gives me command not found error, am I entering it in wrong?
     
  4. to1986 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Don't worry I found an application that did it for me! Thanks anyway.
     
  5. simonthumper macrumors newbie

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    Hey i'm having the same problem!! Could you possible tell me what application your using to open it?

    Cheers :D x
     

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