Howto:Install Flightgear from a PPA

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saiarcot895 is providing a PPA from which you can download FlightGear, since the older Ubuntu versions do not have a simple installation method for the latest FlightGear version.

Currently, in the official Ubuntu repositories, Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) has FlightGear 3.0.0, Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) has FlightGear 3.4.0, Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty) has FlightGear 2016.4.4. and Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic) has FlightGear 2019.1.1.

Here is a list of FlightGear related PPAs:

Installing FlightGear

Note  The menu bar may be initially hidden. You can restore this by pressing F10.
Caution  You must be on Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, or 18.04 before you install FlightGear![1]

If you aren't on one of those three versions of Ubuntu, you can upgrade by executing the following command in the terminal:

sudo do-release-upgrade

Note that the upgrade may take several hours.


If you already have Flightgear installed from the main repos, you can just add the PPA, update, and upgrade.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Fresh install

If you are doing a fresh FlightGear install (you haven't installed FlightGear from this PPA or the prerelease/daily PPAs) and you haven't added this PPA, you'll need to do the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flightgear

Installing additional aircraft (daily PPA only)

I've since removed the aircraft packages, since there is now an integrated launcher that lets you download any aircraft you want.


  1. saiarcot895 (Feb 27th, 2016). Problem installing Flightgear.