How to install Stellarium 0.20.0 on Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04

Free software Planetarium Stellarium 0.20.0 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it on Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

Stellarium 0.20.0 brings GUI refactoring and updates, code refactoring (related to solar systems), and many improvements to plugin code.

The changes in the release are as follows:

  • Almagest Sky Culture added
  • Added INDIGO support for Telescope Control plugin
  • Add the latest TLE display to users
  • Added SIMBAD lookup name query to search dialog
  • Added cross-origin (CORS) support to remote control plugins
  • Slightly improved rendering of Saturn from a pan perspective
  • Allow any viewpoint with keyboard operation
  • Add new naming entry
  • Added new types of planet features
  • Added German set of navigation stars
  • Comet C / 2019 Y4 (ATLAS) added as a very bright comet (large comet)

There are many other new features and bug fixes. to see Release notes For more information.

How to install Stellarium 0.20.0 on Ubuntu:

1. Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard or by searching for “Terminal” from the application menu. Once open, run the command Official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases

Press Enter when prompted and enter your user password (no asterisk feedback).

2. Then upgrade Stellarium from the older version using the Software Updater utility.

Alternatively, run the following command to install or upgrade the software from the terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install stellarium


To remove software, use System Package Manager or run a command.

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove stellarium

Then remove the PPA via the “Software and Updates” utility on the “Other Software” tab.

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