How to Install TV Browser 4 in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04


TV-Browser, a free and open-source digital TV guide software, has reached the 4.0 release a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Linux Mint 18.x and derivatives.

TV-Browser is a Java program that gets the daily TV program (more than 1000 channels) from the internet and shows it clearly aranged – like a printed TV guide. An internet connection is only necessary during the data update. Note that you can not use TV-Browser to watch TV.

TV-Browser 4 was released one year later since the last stable release, it was announced:

Due to many suggestions for improvement and the intensive work of the tester, we can present the newest TV-Browser to you. TV-Browser 4 contains many improvements like the new Reminder dialog or the highlighting of the channel column in the program table, when a channel was selected. Bugs were fixed also, so TV-Browser should be more stable than ever.

TV-Browser 4 now need a Java 8 runtime environment, but that also means that TV-Browser now uses the new functions of Java 8, which make TV-Browser 4, even though it has more features, smaller than the previous version.

TV Browser 4

How to Install TV-Browser in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and Linux Mint 18.x users, do following steps to install the 4.0 release via GetDeb repository.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the repo:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

For Linux Mint 18.x $(lsb_release -sc) in the code with xenial. Type your password when prompts and hit Enter.

add getdeb repository

2. Install the repository key to trust package updates from that repository:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3. Finally install TV-Browser either via Synaptic Package Manager:

intstall tv-browser via synaptic

or by running commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install tvbrowser

Uninstall TV-Browser:

To remove the GetDeb repository, go to system settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

To remove the software, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove tvbrowser

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.

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