Installing itch on Ubuntu & Debian

While you can simply head to and grab the latest .deb, we recommend you add our package repository instead, so that the app can remain up-to-date.

Adding our APT repository

We publish .deb packages of every release on Bintray:

Note: on Debian, you may need to sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https before you follow the rest of this guide

Importing our GPG key

The packages we publish are digitally signed, so that you can ensure that we are the ones that published it, and no one else.

To allow your package manager to verify those signatures, you need to import our GPG key. You can do so by running the following command in a terminal:

curl | sudo apt-key add -

This will prompt for your password, since sudo is used.

Adding to your sources.list.d

Then, either use Ubuntu's graphical tools to add our repository, or run one of the following group of commands in your terminal:

ITCHIO_DEB="deb xenial main"
echo $ITCHIO_DEB | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/itchio.list

ITCHIO_DEB="deb wily main"
echo $ITCHIO_DEB | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/itchio.list

ITCHIO_DEB="deb vivid main"
echo $ITCHIO_DEB | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/itchio.list

ITCHIO_DEB="deb jessie main"
echo $ITCHIO_DEB | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/itchio.list

ITCHIO_DEB="deb wheezy main"
echo $ITCHIO_DEB | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/itchio.list

The codenames correspond to a given distribution:

  • xenial for Ubuntu 16.04
  • wily for Ubuntu 15.10
  • vivid for Ubuntu 15.04, etc.
  • jessie for Debian 8.x
  • wheezy for Debian 7.x

When in doubt, you can use the lsb_release -c command (from the lsb-release package) to print the codename of your Debian-based distribution.

Installing & updating

If you have successfully added our package repository, installing should be as simple as running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install itch from a terminal.

The package provides:

  • An applications menu shortcut (via a .desktop file)
  • The /usr/bin/itch launcher script, for command-line usage

Refer to your distribution's manual to know how to keep packages up-to-date. Most desktop environments have some sort of graphical interface to prompt you to install updates, and you can always run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade yourself in a terminal.


Simply run sudo apt-get remove itch to uninstall itch from your system.

Note that this won't remove your library, which resides at $HOME/.config/itch, along with any additional install locations you have added from the app.

$HOME is your personal directory, for example: /home/you

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