APT – gcolor2 Package Missing in Ubuntu 18.04? Here’s How to Fix It


This little tool has been around for at least a decade, but it suddenly appears to be missing. It's in debian stable, so I figured it would get inherited. Does anyone know if it was intentionally removed, and if so where I can learn more?

Best Answer

It is not too difficult to install it manually (from 16.04 LTS xenial repository):

cd ~/Downloads
wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcolor2/gcolor2_0.4-2.1ubuntu1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get install ./gcolor2_0.4-2.1ubuntu1_amd64.deb

And then use it as before:

gcolor2 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


1. modern alternative - gcolor3 is packaged in very few distributions. (see at repology.org).
2. on Ubuntu gcolor3 is installable from ppa:evertiro/gcolor3.
3. currently gcolor3 does not have broad list of predefined colors (see above, reported bug 110 to developer).
4. another alternative is KColorChooser, it is installable from repository as kcolorchooser package, but it does not have list of named colors.