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Many people use Ancestris with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux (including Ubuntu). You can locate them and sign up for your localization. [1]

You want to add Ancestris repository and automate updates : Just follow this tutorial.
We would like your feedback to help us improve this method, and we are interested in what you think about this initiative to make a special package for Ubuntu/Debian users. Send me an email, so I will know that it is useful for someone; if I need to improve things, give me your own experiences, etc .....

The repository is hosted by the "team" Ancestris on the Ubuntu Launchpad.



This tutorial describes the installation of Ancestris (K, X, L, U) buntu 12.04, 14.04 and 16.04.

// Official release - version 0.9

Step 1 : You can add the PPA to your system with a single line in your terminal. Open a terminal and enter:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ancestris/ancestris-9-0

Just copy and paste the above line in a terminal.

To open a terminal, go to "Applications" then "Accessories" and then you'll find "Terminal." if not le forum d'Ubuntu, we explain how to do).

Step 2 : Update your repository

In the terminal, enter :

    sudo apt-get update

Step 3 : Installation of Ancestris

then :

    sudo apt-get install ancestris

Then, everything will be automated. You'll be notified each time a new version is available.

Applications menu

Now Ancestris is available in your applications, and it should start with a single click.

// Beta Version 0.10

For those wishing to test the 0.10 version in development of Ancestris you will have to use ppa:ancestris/ancestris-unstable

So in step 1, type in a terminal :

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ancestris/ancestris-unstable

And then, do the following steps described above.

// Java : Using the proprietary version of Oracle

Ancestris by default, use the OpenJDK project, the open-source implementation of the Java SE Platform.

But if you want, you can use Oracle version. Oracle Java is the proprietary, reference implementation for Java.

In a terminal we add the repository webupd8team

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java


    sudo apt-get update

Install java 8 Oracle version

    sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

To automatically set up the Java 8 environment variables

    sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default


// Official release - version 0.9

To add this Launchpad PPA in Debian, use the following command:

First Open a root shell/terminal. Open a terminal and enter:


Now we have to add the Ancestris PPA

   add-apt-repository "deb trusty main"

update the package

   apt-get update

And then, install Ancestris

   apt-get install ancestris

That's all

You can now use and enjoy Ancestris


  1. Location of Ancestris users
    Ancestris users are a real community. It is important to help each other. When you use Ancestris, you use the result of the work of many people around the world (the persons who develop, but also the persons who write documentation, who translate the program and its docs). Several tools are available for you for that, take time to visit them (help files, mailing list, IRC, etc). However, a map locating us, indicating under which operating system we are, is helpful. It allows you to put names on people who talk on the list, to see that you are not alone, to notice that someone who uses Ancestris is close to you. Do not hesitate to register on the Location Map of Ancestris users.

    The more we will be, the more interesting it will be. Send a mail to Frédéric with your latitude and longitude, your name, the name of your town, your operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac, OS/2, etc ...) and in the coming hours, you'll be on it..
    Acme Web site

    To know yours geographic coordinates, you can use the site Acme. Give me your coordinates in the following format 35.55952 N // -89.64152 W, (eg: John Doe, Covington TN, USA 35.55952 N 89.64152 W - Windows XP)

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