Where do I get a package for GNU Parallel?

I want to install GNU Parallel in Ubuntu but I can’t find a package for it in the default Ubuntu repos. Where can I get it?

Asked By: Old account



This should work well with 10.10.
If not, you could also try the Debian 5.0 Package from here.


Just to clarify:
Even though this link is to the OpenSUSE build service, it is an Ubuntu package.

Packages for more recent Ubuntu versions are also available.

Answered By: Stefano Palazzo

It seems like it isn’t packaged in Ubuntu & Debian, maybe you can request it be packaged.

There are also some other tools with similar features (parallel remote execution of commands on multiple systems) in the repositories that you might want to check out. (Maybe somebody else can recommend some of these.)

Answered By: JanC

I looked today (2011-01-25) and didn’t find any ppa or other apt repository. I did find https://launchpad.net/parallel but it only links to external resources.

Also the parallel command in the moreutils package is NOT GNU parallel but http://kitenet.net/~joey/code/moreutils/ which is not as full featured.

It’s in macports and many other distributions so it should be included in Ubuntu too.

Answered By: Morgan Christiansson

You can use the zeroinstall feed (it should work on any os / distro):

apt-get install zeroinstall-injector
0alias parallel http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/parallel.git/plain/packager/0install/parallel.xml

then just run it using the parallel command.

See http://0install.net for more info about zero install.

Answered By: user10431


Or include this in your source.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ieltonf/ppa/ubuntu oneiric main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ieltonf/ppa/ubuntu oneiric main 
Answered By: Ielton

I’m on Ubuntu 11.10, and there still isn’t a Canonical package of GNU Parallel. It’s pretty easy to manually add though.

  1. Go to the official GNU Parallel site: http://www.gnu.org/software/parallel/
  2. Download the latest source tarball: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/
  3. Unpack and make it.


wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/parallel-20120522.tar.bz2
tar -xvjf parallel*
cd parallel*
sudo make install
Answered By: djeikyb

In 13.04, you can install with apt-get:

sudo apt-get install parallel
sudo rm /etc/parallel/config

The second line is necessary because GNU parallel is installed in --tollef mode (if anyone can provide a rationale for this, I’d like to know).

In 14.04, the config file is apparently no longer included, since the --tollef option was removed from the GNU parallel source entirely: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/parallel/2013-02/msg00018.html

Answered By: luispedro

It’s available in *buntu 13.10 and will be 14.04LTS.

Answered By: Richard Elkins

As of today (11th March 2015) I recommend reading:


Basically moreutils and gnu parallel can’t get along.

You can do

sudo apt-get install parallel

but you will lose moreutils – even if you don’t use moreutils parallel, you would lose for example ifne as well.

You could build from scratch as in the other answer.

I did

sudo apt-get install parallel
sudo mv /usr/bin/parallel /usr/bin/gnu_parallel
sudo apt-get install moreutils

And then used gnu_parallel in my scripts

Answered By: Cookie

You can install latest version using LinuxBrew:

brew install parallel

As of today, current Version installed is 20150922.
You can check it’s Formula.

Answered By: slashsbin

For Ubuntu 12.04 you can download it from http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise-backports/all/parallel/download

and of course install with dpkg -i

Answered By: AlejandroVD
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