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Is it possible to install .deb file on arch-based Linux?

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Is it possible to install .deb extension file in Arch-Based Linux? I saw there's no dpkg package. But, if installing .deb file possible than, how?

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It is almost always a very bad idea to install a package meant for one distribution on another.

It doesn't really matter if they use the same package format or not, but different package formats deter most users.

Packages usually have some dependencies that are set based on what is in the intended target distribution. A different distribution will have different versions of many of those dependencies, some will be usable, others won't.

Debian (and derivatives - I don't know the other formats well enough) packages (.deb) can contain scripts that does things before/after installation/removal, those might fail or behave in strange ways if the target system is not as expected.

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Yes! It's possible to install debian formatted file in Arch-Based Linux. You have to install dpkg at first.

sudo pacman -Sy dpkg

Then, you can install any package using dpkg.

dpkg -i package.deb

Note: Don't use dpkg in Arch. It might crash your system. The package is only available for developer.

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