Software store.

You can discover a world of apps for Zorin OS from the built-in Software store. This is the recommended way to install trusted apps in Zorin OS.

  1. Open the Zorin Menu and click on "Software". Software
  2. You can discover recommended apps from the home screen. If you know which app you want to install, start typing its name in the search bar.
  3. Click on the app to look at some screenshots and a description about it. App page
  4. When you're ready to install the app, just click "Install". You may be prompted for your password during the installation process.

After the installation, you should see the newly installed app in the relevant category of the Zorin Menu.


Apps in .deb files.

Please make sure you trust the app's source before installing software from third-party sources, as your computer and personal data may be vulnerable to a breach when running apps from unknown sources.

Some third-party apps can be downloaded from the web in the form of .deb install files for Linux.

  1. As Zorin OS 15 is based on Ubuntu 18.04, select to download the corresponding package from the app developer's website.
  2. Double-click to open the .deb file. After verifying that you trust the source of the app, you should see the Software store window showing information about the downloaded app.
  3. Press the "Install" button. You may be prompted for your password during the installation process.

After the installation, you should see the newly installed app in the relevant category of the Zorin Menu.


Windows apps.

Please make sure you trust the app's source before installing software from third-party sources, as your computer and personal data may be vulnerable to a breach when running apps from unknown sources.

Zorin OS allows you to install many Windows apps using the Wine compatibility layer. Please note that not all Windows apps may be fully compatible with Zorin OS.

  1. Download the app's original ".exe" or ".msi" installer.
  2. Find the ".exe" / ".msi" file in the Files app, right-click on the file and press "Install Windows Application".
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

If the Windows app experiences issues during or after the installation with the above instructions, please try installing it with PlayOnLinux. This configures the Windows app compatibility layer to work better with this specific app.

  1. Open the Zorin Menu and go to "Wine" > "PlayOnLinux".
  2. Click on "Install" to browse the list of apps available to download and install. PlayOnLinux
  3. Select the app you want to install and press "Install".

Add a repository / PPA.

Please make sure you trust the source before adding third-party software repositories, as your computer and personal data may be vulnerable to a breach when running apps from unknown sources.

Some app developers create a repository for their apps in Linux. By adding a repository, new versions of the app automatically become available as software updates.

  1. Open the Zorin Menu and go to "Utilities" > "Terminal".
    • If the repository is hosted on Launchpad, you can simply add it to your system by entering this command, replacing "developer" and "repository-name" with the correct names for the app: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:developer/repo-name
    • Alternatively, some developers host their app repositories themselves and provide their own instructions for how to add the repository to your computer. Copy the commands from the developer's instructions and paste them into the Terminal window.
  2. Refresh your app sources with this command: sudo apt update

Apps from the new repository should now become available on your system. When a new version of the app is released, it will appear in the "Updates" tab in Software.


Software in .tar.gz source packages.

Please make sure you trust the package's source before installing software from third-party sources, as your computer and personal data may be vulnerable to a breach when running apps from unknown sources.

Some third-party Linux software can be downloaded from the web in the form of .tar.gz source packages. These packages are usually not ready to be installed as they must be compiled beforehand.

  1. Open the file browser to find the downloaded .tar.gz file.
  2. Right-click on the file and select "Extract Here".
  3. Open the extracted folder.
  4. In order to build and/or install the package, you will need to enter in a series of commands into a Terminal window. In order to make sure these commands are being run in the correct folder, please press Ctrl+L to highlight the path to the folder and press Ctrl+C to copy it.
  5. Open the Zorin Menu and go to "Utilities" > "Terminal".
  6. Type in "cd " and right-click on the black command line to "Paste" the package path into the line. The command to be entered should look like to following: cd /home/username/Downloads/package-name
  7. Source package authors usually include the build and installation instructions inside the source package. Please open the enclosed "README" and/or "INSTALL" file.
  8. Enter in the commands listed in the instruction text file in order to correctly install the app.

After the installation, you should see the newly installed app in the relevant category of the Zorin Menu. You may now close the Terminal app.

If you experience any errors during the installation process, we would recommend you to contact the package author in order to fix the issue.


System packages / libraries.

Installing system packages and libraries would only be necessary for advanced users.

  1. Open the Zorin Menu and click on "Software".
  2. Search for and install "Synaptic Package Manager".
  3. Open the Zorin Menu and go to "System Tools" > "Synaptic Package Manager". Synaptic Package Manager
  4. Find the package you wish to install and click on the checkbox beside its name to "Mark for Installation".
  5. Click the "Apply" button at the top of the app to install the package.

The package should now be installed on your system.