How To Install Calibre 2.9.0 On The Most Popular Linux Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may already know, Calibre is an open-source book management software, with many interesting features including e-book conversion, e-book viewer, library to ebook reader synchronization and support for the most popular eBook formats, including: epub, cbz, mobi, fb2. Being multi-platform, the app works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

The latest version available is Calibre 2.9.0, coming with bug-fixes and the below changes:

  • E-book viewer: Show footnotes in a separate popup window.
  • Cover Grid: Improve scroll wheel based scrolling.
  • Get Books: Add the Bubok Portugal store.
  • Performance improvement for large libraries that using custom columns built with templates.
  • Review downloaded metadata dialog: Allow merging tags by long clicking the revert button.

For more information about this release, see the changelog for yourself.

In this article I will show you how to install Calibre 2.9.0 on Ubuntu, Debian, Elementary OS, Deepin, Peppermint, Pinguy OS, LXLE, Linux Lite, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia, OpenMandriva, Arch Linux, Manjaro and other Linux systems.

There is no repository available for Calibre 2.9.0, but the developers provide us a python oneliner for installing the latest Calibre version. So, to install Calibre on Linux systems, do:

$ sudo python -c "import sys; py3 = sys.version_info[0] > 2; u = __import__('urllib.request' if py3 else 'urllib', fromlist=1); exec(u.urlopen('').read()); main()"

The installation script downloads and extracts the latest Calibre installer, and installs the app in /opt/calibre, by default. But the user can easily change the installation destination.

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One comment on “How To Install Calibre 2.9.0 On The Most Popular Linux Systems
  1. manuel says:

    Hi again, Geekster!

    IMHO it’s not a good idea recommending this installation method for Arch and its derivates, since Calibre is on its official repos and always updated:

    Keep up the good work! 😉

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