Install BlueGriffon Wysiwyg Editor in Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10

BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it’s a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards.

It is an intuitive application that provides Web authors (beginners or more advanced) with a simple User Interface allowing to create attractive Web sites without requiring extensive technical knowledge about Web Standards.

BlueGriffon can create and edit pages in accordance to HTML 4, XHTML 1.0, HTML 5 and XHTML 5. It supports CSS 2.1 and all parts of CSS 3 already implemented by Gecko. BlueGriffon also includes SVG-edit, an XUL-based editor for SVG that is originally distributed as an add-on to Firefox and was adapted to BlueGriffon.

Install BlueGriffon in Ubuntu:

BlueGriffon is available in GetDeb repository for Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 11.10, and 10.04.

1.) First open Ubuntu Software Center, navigate to Edit -> Software Sources… -> Other Software tab. Click Add and type in following code to add the GetDeb repository:

deb precise-getdeb apps

This is for Ubuntu 12.04. For Ubuntu 12.10, change the release code from precise to quantal.

2.) Hit Ctrl+Alt+T, copy and paste this command into terminal and hit run to install the key:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3.) Finally, update and install BlueGriffon Wysiwyg Editor:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bluegriffon



  1. Ivan says:

    In the 1st step:
    I am running ubuntu 12.10 in 32bits so I changed “precise” for “quantal” when adding the source. This is the line that I used at Ubuntu Software Center:

    deb quantal-getdeb apps

    In the 2nd step:
    I did as you said, I opened Terminal, pasted the command exactly as you wrote and I got an error. This is the command that I pasted and executed using Terminal:

    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

    This is the error I got:

    gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.

    What did I do wrong?

    Please help me, I really need to install either BlueGriffon or Kompozer, it is urgent, please help!

    • HandyTutorial says:

      Can you access the using your web browser? I can’t visit the site since days ago. The server might be down. If you can access the site, just follow the app installation guide from the apps/ tab.

  2. John Hewes says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Worked like a charm. One question, tho .. when started for the first time BlueGiffon says there is an update available. When I click on the link to donload I get a prompt for the application to use?
    Anyone know what app you need to select to grab the update?


    • AsavarTzeth says:

      You are supposed to use a webbrowser and it simply links you to their download page. After that you are left with a choice of manually unpacking and moving the application folder to its installation location.

      Why do you need to do this? Because GetDeb is dead and they have stopped updating their huge repositories.

      The authors of BlueGriffon never had repositories of their own and now we are left with manual installation once again…

      I know it sucks… especially for me, since I like working on an automatic installation script and that just got a huge deal more complicated for all these apps that lack repos.

  3. Raúl RM says:

    Thank you, man!!

  4. Marlon says:

    I love u ;D thank you man!!!

  5. Bas Roufs says:

    The GetDeb repo is up and running again. See
    However, I do not manage to get the latest version from BlueGriffon. See my bug report:
    Bug #1132897,

  6. hans says:

    Uups, got a problem :
    :~$ bluegriffon
    Error: Platform version ’21.0a1′ is not compatible with
    minVersion >= 19.0a1
    maxVersion <= 19.0a1
    Konfiguration: cores=6 enabledcores=6 threads=6
    Have made all the steps as they was written above. My System is a quantal on a AMD64. AMD Processor, Konfiguration: cores=6 enabledcores=6 threads=6, Mainboard EVO, RAM 16 GB,
    Does anyone know, what this error means with "Platform-Error" ?

    Thanks for your help

  7. Pepe-Cheb says:

    Auto ADD KEYS

    sudo apt-get update 2> /tmp/keymissing; for key in $(grep “NO_PUBKEY” /tmp/keymissing |sed “s/.*NO_PUBKEY //”); do echo -e “\nProcessing key: $key”; gpg –keyserver –recv $key && gpg –export –armor $key |sudo apt-key add -; done

  8. Dave says:

    Nice!! Thank you :-)

  9. Willa says:

    You so Rock!! Thank you so much for putting this on the internet. I cannot believe how well this went for me. (On Ubuntu 12.04) Thank You!!

    Now, for a mundane question, (sorry); When I try to get the FirefoxFTP tool associated with BlueGriffon, I run amuck. Do you have a tutorial for that. :)

    Thanks again,


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