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Getting Specto

Official packages and tarballs

The latest Specto release is version 0.4.1 . Here are the "release" packages or tarballs for it, which can come in handy if your distribution provides no packages for Specto, or if their packages are outdated.

Personal Package Archives for Ubuntu

You can add one of our Ubuntu repositories to your software sources list to get updates automatically when we release a new version. There are two different repositories available:

Linux Distributions that provide Specto

Take note that distribution packages might not always be up to date, and may contain bugs that are fixed in newer versions (or development versions).

If you are a package maintainer and would like to package Specto, or if you know a Linux distribution that provides Specto that is not listed here, please send an email so we can add it.

Getting the development version from Bazaar (bzr)

If you want to take a look at all the branches related to Specto (some of which could be made by third parties), visit our launchpad bazaar branches page.

To get the official main development branch (named specto-main), grab it with this command:

bzr branch lp:specto

You may want to keep your bzr version of Specto updated from time to time. Assuming you are in the directory where you keep the Specto bzr trunk (specto-main), you can do this quite easily:

bzr pull

Running or installing from a tarball or a bzr branch

After extracting the contents of a tarball, you will notice Specto has a bunch of files and folders. Before doing anything remotely productive, you need to make sure you fill the dependencies to make Specto work.


This is the most current list of required software packages needed to compile Specto, based on Ubuntu and Debian's package names.

Now that you took care of those dependencies, there are two ways to run Specto: running it locally or installing it system-wide.

Running Specto locally

To run specto without installing it: just run the script

Running Specto by installing it

To install specto system-wide (do this if you have multiple users doing it, if you are a package maintainer or if you want the translations to work). You need to run the setup script as a super-user. Do this in the folder where you extracted Specto:

python build && sudo python install

You can then run specto by typing "specto" and pressing enter in a terminal, or look in your GNOME applications menu, there should be an entry for Specto in the "accessories" submenu.

If you need to uninstall the version you installed with, simply run sudo python uninstall.

Specto is ©2005-2018 Jean-Fran├žois Fortin Tam and Wout Clymans, licensed under the GNU GPL 2.0