Download from the LSV Mirror

[Sorry, this option no longer works. Our automatic build process has been deactivated since at least spring 2017, and I do not know when it will be available again.  Meanwhile, for recent versions, please go to the source download page.]

The easiest way to download and install Orchids is as a package.  This page will tell you how to add the LSV mirror as a trusted mirror, and to fetch Orchids from it.

This has the advantage that all updates will be handled by the software update manager.  If you do not wish to do so, please consider installing Orchids manually or from the source files.

The quick way

If you are not afraid of the command line, open a terminal, and type:

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

This will add a key that informs the APT package manager that it should trust the LSV mirror.

Next, we shall tell APT where the LSV mirror is, and which OS and version you have:

sudo echo "deb<distrib> <version> lsv" > \

where <distrib> is your distribution (currently, debian or ubuntu) and version is the version (currently, stretch, for debian, or xenial, for ubuntu).

Finally, we update the APT cache:

sudo apt-get update


The Web-based way

In your Web browser, click here. You will be asked what to do with file  (I’m going to explain how this works under Ubuntu.  For other Linux distributions, you may have to do something slightly different.)


Save it, anywhere you like: we shall erase it when we are done.  By default, this is going to be saved in the ‘Downloads’ folder.

Open System Settings.  On Ubuntu, this is the cogwheel with the wrench at bottom left.


Click on ‘Software & Updates’, then on the ‘Authentication’ tab.


Now click on the ‘Import Key File…’ button, and select the folder where you have saved the key file.  In the example, this is the ‘Downloads’ folder.


Click ‘OK’.  A new key was installed, and your computer now trusts the LSV mirror for updates.


Now click on the ‘Other Software’ tab.  We shall now tell your machine where the LSV mirror is located.


Click the ‘Add…’ button, and enter ‘deb xenial lsv‘ into the dialog box.  This informs the mirror that we are interested in Ubuntu distributions, and the version is xenial.  Change that to debian and stretch for a Debian distribution, version stretch, for example.


Click on the ‘Add Source’ button.  Your machine now knows about the LSV mirror.


Click on the ‘Close’ button.  You should be warned that you should update information from the mirror.

capture-decran-2016-11-24-a-15-07-42Accept, here by clicking on the ‘Reload’ button.


Fetching Orchids

Now that the LSV mirror is recognized, you should be able to download the latest Orchids package for your distribution.

Either go to a terminal and type ‘sudo apt-get install orchids‘:


That’s it!  Go to the Getting started with Orchids page.