Opening DEB files

Have a problem opening a .DEB file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what DEB files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .DEB file type?

The .deb extension is universally bound up with Debian (DEB) packages. A package is a container software installation unit in the GNU/Linux environment, and different package management systems are used to ensure software consistency. The DEB package specification has been adopted by Ubuntu, a very popular Debian-based desktop GNU/Linux distribution, and is well documented.

DEB files are binary software, documentation or library package files for Debian, one of the most viable and solid GNU/Linux distributions around. DEB packages are created and understood by dpkg, the Debian default package manager. A DEB package as a container must include several control blocks defined by the specification, and all payload data must be inside a data.tar section. Control blocks are used to store version information, dependency requirements and other package control data.

In Debian-based desktop GNU/Linux distributions, the .deb extension would usually be pre-associated with dpkg via Aptitude, Synaptic or another GUI package manager. DEB packages can be converted into other package formats like RPM.

In Windows, .deb package archives can be opened with most archive managers but cannot be installed.

Software to open or convert DEB files

You can open DEB files with the following programs:
7-Zip by Igor Pavlov
IZArc by Ivan Zahariev
PeaZip by Giorgio Tani

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