How to Install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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Akregator is a powerful yet easy-to-use news feed reader. With Akregator, you can follow your favorite news sites, blogs, and other RSS/Atom-enabled websites without constantly checking for updates using a web browser. Akregator’s fast search feature lets you quickly find the information you’re looking for, while its advanced archiving functionality ensures that you’ll never miss an important story. With Akregator’s internal browser, reading the news is a breeze. Whether a casual news reader or a power user, Akregator is the perfect tool for keeping up with the latest headlines.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two methods with APT or Flatpak using the command line terminal.

Update Ubuntu

First, before you begin, perform a quick update to your system to ensure all existing packages are up-to-date to avoid any conflicts during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Akregator – APT Ubuntu Method

The first method is to install Akregator directly from Ubuntu 22.04 default repository. This is considered best practice for those who want stable software on Ubuntu and do not mind that the version may be behind in updates and new features.

In your command terminal, run the following command.

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sudo apt install akregator -y

Install Akregator – APT PPA Method

An alternative method is to install Akregator from the Kubuntu Backports PPA maintained by the “Kubuntu Package Archives” team for users seeking an updated version while still using the APT package manager. Also, as a bonus, you can install any other backports that may be a much newer maintained version from the same repository.

The following dependencies will need to be installed. Most of these packages are already on your system, but running the command can help ensure they are installed.

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sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https -y

Next, import the GPG key needed for all the repositories.

If you have issues importing the GPG key, please see the end section on GPG troubleshooting at the end of the article.

sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/kubuntu.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E4DFEC907DEDA4B8A670E8042836CB0A8AC93F7A

Example output:

gpg: key 2836CB0A8AC93F7A: public key "Launchpad Kubuntu Updates" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

Now import using the following command.

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echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/kubuntu.gpg] https://ppa.launchpadcontent.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu jammy main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubuntu-backports.list

Now, update your repository list to reflect the new additions.

sudo apt update

With the setup complete, execute the installation command to install.

sudo apt install akregator -y

Install Akregator – Flatpak Method

The third option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is not installed natively on Ubuntu 22.04, given Canonical is behind both Ubuntu and Snaps, but it is available to install if you so wish.

First, install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.

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sudo apt install flatpak -y

For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as paths not being generated for icons.

sudo reboot

SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.

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Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Next, you can install the Akregator Flatpak with the following command.

flatpak install flathub org.kde.akregator -y

Once installed, you can proceed to launch.

How to Launch Akregator

The best method is to use the following desktop path to launch Akregator.

Activities > Show Applications > Akregator

Example:

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How to Install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once you open Akregator, you will come by the default screen; at this point, you have successfully installed the news and RSS reader.

Example:

How to Install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

From here, you can begin importing your feeds. Remember, you can customize the look from the settings menus for changing color, fonts, and much more.

Example:

How to Install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Update/Upgrade Akregator

Most users would often update when the desktop GUI notifies them, which is excellent. But I would always recommend updating using the command line terminal with CLI to ensure updates are getting processed.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

How to Remove/Uninstall Akregator

The removal of the Akregator is straightforward. Use the following command that matches your installation.

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Remove Akregator APT Method

sudo apt autoremove akregator --purge -y

Note that this will delete all data, including all database data added with the –purge flag. Do not use the purge end flag if you wish to keep the data.

Users that installed using the Kubuntu Backports PPA and have not installed any other applications can safely remove this repo now.

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sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubuntu-backports.list

Remove Akregator Flatpak Method

To remove the Flatpack version, run the following command.

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.kde.akregator -y

Another handy hint can be to use the following command to ensure Flatpak has not left behind any unnecessary packages as it is known to sometimes.

flatpak remove --unused

How to Fix Broken GPG Import

For users who have not previously imported a GPG key from the Ubuntu keyserver, the command line terminal will often have issues importing GPG keys from LaunchPAD PPAs because the directories are not created. This is an easy fix. Use the following command that will, in turn, generate the directories.

sudo gpg --list-keys

Example output:

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How to Install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

As above, the necessary directories have been created. This can be skipped, and use the following GPG import command below. If you have any issues with directories missing for this and any other PPA GPG key in the future, just run the above command.

Comments and Conclusion

Akregator is a powerful, easy-to-use news feed reader that can follow your favorite news sites, blogs, and other RSS/Atom-enabled websites. It has a fast search, advanced archiving functionality, and an internal browser for easy reading. If you’re looking for a great way to keep up with the latest news, Akregator is worth checking out.

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