This is a beginner’s guide shows how to install the LAN file transfer tool, Dukto, in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 20.x.
Dukto is a free and open source file transfer tool designed for LAN use. It works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS, and it’s a nifty software that:
transfer files from one PC (or other device) to another, without worrying about users, permissions, operating systems, protocols, clients, servers and so on… Just start Dukto on the two PCs and transfer files and folders by dragging onto it’s window. That’s all.
Though the tool is unfortunately not in development for many years, it’s still popular! Because it requires Qt4 libraries, Ubuntu users may now get into dependency issue while installing the software. So I’m writing this tutorial for you.
1. Install Qt4 Libraries in Ubuntu 20.04 / Ubuntu 20.10:
UNetbootin, a popular Qt based live USB creator app, has an official Ubuntu PPA that contains the software packages along with Qt4 libraries for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 20.10.
Open terminal from system application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
Type your user password when it asks, no visual feedback while typing, and hit Enter to continue.
You don’t have to install the Qt4 libraries manually. The next step will do install it automatically as required.
2. Download & install Dukto (DEB):
The latest version of Dukto is available to download at the link below:
Grab the 64-bit DEB package for Ubuntu 11.10, and install it either by running command:
sudo apt install ./Downloads/dukto_5.0-1_amd64_ubuntu_11.10.deb
or right-click on the file, select Open with Other Application -> Gdebi Package Installer. Install Gdebi from Ubuntu Software if you don’t have it.
Once installed, launch the tool from system app menu and enjoy!
3. Optional: Remove Dukto from Ubuntu:
To remove the file transfer, either use Synaptic, or run command in terminal:
sudo apt remove --auto-remove dukto
And you can remove the Qt4 PPA via Software & Updates -> Other Software: