Apps

Install Apps

Software store

You can discover a world of apps for Zorin OS from the built-in Software store.

  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.

You can also use Software to install updates for your apps and the system. Just navigate to the "Updates" tab at the top.


.deb Files

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

  1. As Zorin OS 12 is based on Ubuntu 16.04, select to download the corresponding package from the app developer's website.
  2. Click to open the .deb file. This should open Software, 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.


Games from Steam

  1. Download the Steam installer from Steam's website. Download Steam
  2. Click to open the downloaded ".deb" file. This will open Software to allow you to install Steam.
  3. Open the Zorin Menu and go to "Games" > "Steam".
  4. Log into your Steam account. If you don't already have a Steam account, click "Create new account" and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Browse for the games you want to install and download them from the Steam Store.

Windows Apps

Zorin OS allows you to instal many Windows apps using the built-in Wine runtime. Please note that not all Windows apps may be compatible with Zorin OS.

  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".

If the app you want to install is not listed in PlayOnLinux, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the app's original ".exe" installer.
  2. Right-click on the .exe file and press "Open With Wine Windows Program Loader".
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Install a Repository / PPA

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/repository-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.


.tar.gz Files

Some third-party Linux apps 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.