2 ways to Install FrostWire BitTorrent client on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy

Learn the commands to install FrostWire on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish, a free open-source alternative to the discontinued LimeWire.

To download the files from the networks such as Gnutella and BitTorrent, we require a client application on our system such as FrostWire. It is a free application that allows users to access peer-to-peer torrent networks to download content from sources.

This client program can detect duplicate files in the search results and group them equally. The search can be set to search only for audio, video, or program files. Search queries are cached so that you can switch between several pages with different search results.

The software is programmed entirely in Java, which means that users must have this installed on their respective computers. It is a cross-platform application, hence available for Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android.


Steps to Install FrostWire on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

The steps given here will be the same for other Ubuntu versions such as 20.04/18.04 and Debian-based operating systems including Linux Mint, Elementary OS, MX Linux, and more…

1. Update Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy

Let’s execute the system update command to ensure our OS has the latest security updates. This will also update the APT package manager cache, build by it to easily recognized the packages available through the system repositories.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


#1st method: Using Debian Binary

2. Download FrostWire Debian Binary

Unfortunately, the packages to install FrostWire are not available to download using the official system repository of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Hence, we have to download its binary manually from its official website. 

Click on the Ubuntu logo to download the binary available for it.

Download FrostWire Debian Binary


3. Install FrostWire on Ubuntu 22.04

Once you have the binary on your system. Open the command terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and then switch to the Downloads directory.

cd Downloads

After that use the APT to install the Deb binary:

sudo apt install ./frostwire*amd64.deb

Frostwire Apt install


#2nd method: Using PPA

4. Add FrostWire PPA repository

The problem with the first method is it will not update the application automatically with the system update. Hence, to do that we can use the PPA repository method. Add the given unofficial PPA repository of FrostWire.

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xtradeb/apps

Update system:

sudo apt update


5. Install using APT

After running the update command, the Ubuntu 22.04 will easily recognize the added repository and packages available through it. Now, to install FrostWire, we just need to use the APT package manager.

sudo apt install frostwire

Add FrostWire PPA repository


6. Launch the Torrent client application

After completing the installation process given above, we can run the app. Go to Application launcher and there search for FrostWire as its icon appears click to run the same.

Frostwire installation on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS


7. How to update

If you have used the PPA repository then updating this Torrent client application can easily be done by running the system update command i.e

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


8. Remove or Uninstall FrostWire

It doesn’t matter, you have used the first or second method given in this tutorial to install it. You just need to follow the given command to completely uninstall the FrostWire from your Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

sudo apt autoremove --purge frostwire

To remove PPA as well:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xtradeb/apps -y


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