DEB File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DEB file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DEB files.

What is a DEB file?

A .DEB file is a Debian Linux Package file. Files that contain the .deb file extension are Unix archive files. These files are most commonly used for installation packages that contain software developed for computers that run on the Linux operating system using the Debian package management application.

The developer of the Debian technology gave it the name "Debian"; "Deb" stands for "Debra", the founder's ex-wife. "ian" stands for "Ian", the name of the software developer.

The DEB files contain two zipped file archives. One archive contains the installer information for the associated application, and the other archive contains the actual data for the application being installed.

While these files are intended for use on Linux systems, various tools on other platforms, e.g., Windows, can extract the content from them.

How to open DEB files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DEB for different purposes. We have identified 2 DEB openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of DEB file.

Programs that open these files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
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Suggest another file format using extension DEB

While we know of one file format using the .DEB file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DEB file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of DEB files. Remember, different programs may use DEB files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
7-Zip7-ZipUser submitted
PeaZipPeaZipUser submitted
FreeArcFreeArcUser submitted
Hamster Lite ArchiverHamster Lite ArchiverUser submitted
B1 Free ArchiverB1 Free ArchiverUser submitted
LhaForge Ver.1.6.2LhaForge Ver.1.6.2User submitted
WoopieZIPWoopieZIPUser submitted
UnzipLiteUnzipLiteUser submitted
Hamster Free ArchiverHamster Free ArchiverUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DEB-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DEB-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!