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How to install 32 bit and 64 bit applications on 64 bit Ubuntu OS

Tags: getlibsUbuntu

Published on: May 26, 2011 by George K.

How to install 32 bit and 64 bit applications on 64 bit Ubuntu OS


Earlier, with Drapper Drake , you only had to install ia32libs. But after that, may be they decided not to release for future versions, no more release. Hackers always find a way round to get their thing done and that exactly what happened with this as well. A bash file was written and released to the public available at http://frozenfox.freehostia.com/cappy/

I recently had to use this frequently and thought about mentioning it. In last two days, I had two such requirements of install 32 bit application on 64bit architecture comes in. Here in India, Tata Docomo’s USB installation binary, will work only on i386 linux boxes. I would admit that that itself is an achievement 🙂 But I had to get it working on a x64 architecture as well. And it was complaining about libqt and a few other 32 bit packages. dkpg’s –force-architecture option was also not working because of dependency issue.

This also helped me install a Task Management Software as well, http://codea-dev.com/gtd/download/linux/

Below text is copied from Ubuntu Forum’s. Author’s original post can be found at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=474790

getlibs works on:

  • All Ubuntu and Debian systems
  • Debian or Ubuntu based distributions (best to use the package name)

Tip: To install a 32-bit debian package for a program (not a library!) use

sudo dpkg -i --force-all package_name.deb

Usage Examples:

getlibs on a program to download all missing libraries:

getlibs /usr/bin/skype


Use getlibs to install a 32-bit library using the library name:

getlibs -l libogg.so.0 libSDL-1.2.so.0


Use getlibs to install a 32-bit library using the package name:

getlibs -p libqt4-core libqt4-gui


Install a 32-bit library file (.deb):

getlibs -i ~/i386_library_1.deb


Download and install a 32-bit library file (.deb):

getlibs -w http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/s/sdl-image1.2/libsdl-image1.2_1.2.5-3_i386.deb

Category : Howtos, Linux, Snippets, Troubleshooting

George K.

George K.

George started his career in web hosting and Linux technical support in the year 2004 and is with SupportSages since 2009. He has keen interest in server optimizations, custom security solutions, hacked server recovery, cyber forensic and high availability fail over system design and implementation. George loves long drives and is passionate about art and literature.

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