Ubuntu Server 14.4 (Trusty Tahr) – add-apt-repository: command not found


The last time I encountered the add-apt-repository: command not found error I was using Ubuntu Server 12.4 Lucid. The solution then was to install python-software-properties as follows:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties


This did not resolve the issue on my minimal virtual machine installation on Trusty so I installed apt-file – which is an apt package searching utility:

sudo apt-get install apt-file


Update apt-file:

apt-file update


Finally use apt-file to search for the add-apt-repository package:

apt-file search add-apt-repository


As you can see add-apt-repository is in software-properties-common:

software-properties-common: /usr/bin/add-apt-repository
software-properties-common: /usr/share/man/man1/add-apt-repository.1.gz


After installing software-properties-common I was able to use add-apt-repository without any further issue:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

16 thoughts on “Ubuntu Server 14.4 (Trusty Tahr) – add-apt-repository: command not found

  1. It hasn’t worked for me… Ive tried all the forums and nothing is working.
    this is what I get.
    sudo apt-get install apt-file
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package apt-file

    1. Hi David, have you amended your /etc/apt/sources.list file in anyway? Did you update your sources.list before trying to install apt-file?

      sudo apt-get update

      1. im in the same boat as david h — i can see apt-get-repository using this search and have done update but command not found is still the result. (maybe something changed in 14.04.5 LTS which is what i’m running?)

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