Are you facing the problem at the time of adding a new PPA repository? I have seen the error “sudo add-apt-repository command not found” in Ubuntu or other Debian based operating system? This article has a solution of fixing error “sudo add-apt-repository command not found”.
Quick introduction sudo add-apt-repository command is used to add a new PPA repository. But sometime when you use this command you will face the problem it may be “command not found” or you are not able to add a new PPA repository.
Why did you get “sudo add-apt-repository command not found” Error Message?
When you get the message command not found it means a particular package is missing in your ubuntu-based distribution.
According to the add-apt-repository command not found an error, the add-apt-repository package has been not installed in your system. It is a missing package.
Generally, we use the following command for adding new PPA repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nameofppa
If you don’t have installed this package on your system. you will get the following result.
vijay@Ubuntu19:~$sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo add-apt-repository: command not found vijay@Ubuntu19:~$
Solution sudo add-apt-repository: command not found an error in Two Steps
Step 1: Update source list or repository: Open the terminal and run the following command to update source list in Ubuntu
$sudo apt-get update
vijay@Ubuntu19:~$sudo apt-get update [sudo] password for vijay: Hit:1 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu disco InRelease Hit:2 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu disco-updates InRelease Hit:3 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu disco-backports InRelease Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu disco-security InRelease [97.5 kB] Fetched 97.5 kB in 2s (39.2 kB/s) Reading package lists... Done vijay@Ubuntu19:~$
Step 2: Install the software-properties-common Package: add-apt-repository is not a stand-alone package it is the component of software-properties-common Package. So install the complete package and get component working.
Use the following command to install the pakage
$sudo apt-get install software-properties-common or $sudo apt install software-properties-common
vijay@Ubuntu19:~$sudo apt-get install software-properties-common Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following NEW packages will be installed: software-properties-common 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 9,912 B of archives. After this operation, 197 kB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main amd64 software-properties-common all 0.96.24.32.5 [9,912 B] Fetched 9,912 B in 2s (5,685 B/s) Selecting previously unselected package software-properties-common. (Reading database ... 265950 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../software-properties-common_0.96.24.32.5_all.deb ... Unpacking software-properties-common (0.96.24.32.5) ... Processing triggers for man-db (2.8.3-2) ... Processing triggers for dbus (1.12.2-1ubuntu1) ... Setting up software-properties-common (0.96.24.32.5) ... vijay@Ubuntu19:~$
Once you have installed the package software-properties-common, then update again the repository list by using the following command
$sudo apt-get update
Now enjoy the adding new PPA repository how many you like without any problem.
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