I've downloaded an appimage file and just want to install it. I know that it is pretty simple under Ubuntu and Fedora, but I struggle to get it installed under Arch Linux. Is there a common way to install the program?

  • Don't you just run it? – Manchineel Mar 21 '18 at 20:40
  • I've already tried that. But then I get asked with which program I want to open the file... – betaros Mar 21 '18 at 22:07
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    Make sure it's set as executable – Manchineel Mar 22 '18 at 9:52
  • Okay that was simple. Thank you for your help. Now it works quite well. – betaros Mar 22 '18 at 20:52
  • So, ahem, guess I'll write an answer – Manchineel Mar 23 '18 at 14:02

.appimage files are just complete app executables (similar to but not exactly equivalent of .app pseudo-files on macOS), so they do not require installation. If you really want to be able to call them from anywhere, you can put them in /usr/local/bin, but that is unnecessary. If I understood correctly, you are using them in a Desktop/Laptop machine, so even putting them on the desktop does the trick.

To be able to execute a .appimage file, it has to be set as an executable, by changing your permissions for it. This is easily done using the command:

chmod +x /path/to/file

in which /path/to/file is the path to the .appimage file you wish to run. Once it has been set as executable, you can open it like any other file.

Note that, provided the distro you are using supports AppImages (and most do), the procedure is the same for any, not just for Arch specifically.

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