Five Useful Tools For Debian Based Systems

In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing some random useful tools that can be used by system administrators for maintaining Debian and derivative distributions.

1. Katoolin


Katoolin is a tool which will make you able to install all Kali Linux tools to your Ubuntu 14.04/15.04 Desktop. With Katoolin, you can add or remove Kali Linux repository to Ubuntu.


Install git and add repo using git as follows:

# apt-get install git

Git clone to Katoolin repository and copy it to /usr/bin:

# git clone
# cp katoolin/ /usr/bin/katoolin

Set executable permissions:

# chmod +x /usr/bin/katoolin

Run the tool using command:

# katoolin

Here it is how Katoolin looks like;


2. App Grid


App Grid is an alternative to Ubuntu software center, it is lightweight feature and provide a grid view of available softwares.


Latest version of App Grid can be installed using ppa, add following repo to Ubuntu.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable

Update System:

$ apt-get update

Finally, install App Grid Package:

$ sudo apt-get install appgrid



3. BleachBit


Bleachbit is a yet another important tool for Linux Admins. It free disk space and maintain privacy it can clean cookies,  history, cache files, logs, borken shortcuts and it can clean Firefox Mozilla and Chrome like Browsers.


Bleach is available via PPA.

Add repo:
$  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/programs-ppa

Update System  and Install Package.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bleachbit

Type in terminal:

$ sudo bleachbit&


4. Angry IP Scanner


Angry IP Scanner is  very fast, reliable and popular cross platform IP and port Scanning  tool. It is used world wide by almost all System Admins, it can be used effectively for medium and large networks and scanned results can be saved in csv or txt format. Angry IP Scanner  can be downloaded from this link.


Open JDK is required to install this package, so download this package first.

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk ant rpm
 Download Package
$ sudo wget
Install Package
$ sudo dpkg -i ipscan_3.4_amd64.deb

Go to menu and run angry ip scanner.


5. Double Commander


Double Commander is a cross platform open source file manages having two side by side panels. It supports almost all archive types, and searching along with logging features.


Double Commander can be downloaded from official page.

Add ppa repo to Ubuntu
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexx2000/doublecmd

Update and Install package:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install doublecmd-gtk

Type in terminal:

$ doublecmd


A lots of features are available with Double Commander, explore them and have fun!!