How to downgrade packages and apps on elementary OS

Not always all app and package upgrades go smooth. Sometimes the upgraded app may lead to adverse effects. We will show you how to downgrade an already installed package on elementary OS. Two different but easy methods can be used to perform the downgrade process.

In this article, we are going to show you how to downgrade an already installed package on elementary OS. Two different but easy methods can be used to perform the downgrade process:

  1. Downgrade using the Synaptic Package Manager.
  2. Downgrade using the apt command.

First Method: Downgrade Using Synaptic Package Manager

A synaptic package manager is a graphical tool that can be used to manage packages on your system. This tool can be used to install, uninstall, upgrade, or downgrade any package on your elementary OS.

Step 1. In case the synaptic package manager is not installed on your system, you can use the following command to install it.

sudo apt install synaptic

Install Synaptic Package Manager
Install Synaptic Package Manager

Step 2. Check the currently installed firefox package version.

firefox --version

Currently Installed Firefox Version On Elementary OS
Currently Installed Firefox Version On Elementary OS

Step 3. Now open the synaptic application manager from the Applications tab “Which is found in the top left panel of your screen.” Then search for the synaptic application manager and open it.

Open Applications Tab
Open Applications Tab

When the synaptic package manager opens, you will get the below screen.

Synaptic Package Manager Interface
Synaptic Package Manager Interface

Step 4. Now press the search button in the top panel to search for the firefox package.

Search For Firefox Package
Search For Firefox Package

Step 5. As you can see in the below screenshot, the firefox version is 67.0.4

Firefox Installed Version
Firefox Installed Version

Step 6. After highlighting the firefox package that you need to downgrade, press the “Package” tab then choose the “Force Version” option.

Open Package Menu Then Force Version
Open Package Menu Then Force Version

Step 7. Now you can choose the firefox package version you need to downgrade to from the dropdown menu. Then press continue.

Select A Version To Downgrade
Select A Version To Downgrade

Step 8. From the top panel, you can choose “Apply” to apply your changes.

Choose Apply
Choose Apply

Soon you will get a confirmation message like the below screenshot. You can press apply to continue.

Apply Changes
Apply Changes

A download screen will appear telling you the progress of your process.

Downloading Old Package
Downloading Old Package

The final window is the installation window that will show you the progress of your firefox installation.

Installing The New Firefox Package
Installing The New Firefox Package

Step 9. After the installation finishes successfully you will get the below screenshot.

Check Firefox Version After Downgrading Using The Synaptic Package Manager
Check Firefox Version After Downgrading Using The Synaptic Package Manager

And as you can see, the firefox version is 59.0.2. It means that your firefox package has been downgraded successfully.

Second Method: Downgrade Using The apt Command

In this method, we will be using the terminal to perform the downgrade.

Step 1. First, we need to check the currently installed Firefox version.

firefox --version

Currently Installed Firefox Version On Elementary OS
Currently Installed Firefox Version On elementary OS

Step 2. Now you can search the elementary OS repository for older versions of Firefox using the following command.

sudo apt-cache showpkg firefox

Check Firefox Versions Found In The Elementary OS Repository
Check Firefox Versions Found In The elementary OS Repository

As you can see in the previous screenshot, it will show you the installed firefox version and other old versions of firefox.

Step 3. Next, downgrade the firefox package using this command.

sudo apt install firefox=59.0.2+build1-0ubuntu1

Downgrade Firefox Using apt Command
Downgrade Firefox Using apt Command

After the downgrade finishes successfully you will get a message like the below telling you that the firefox has been downgraded.

Downgrading Finishes Successfully
Downgrading Finishes Successfully

Step 4. Now let’s check the firefox version after downgrading.

Check Firefox Version After Downgrading Using apt Command
Check Firefox Version After Downgrading Using apt Command

And voila you have just downgraded the firefox package, and you are ready to use it.

Hend Adel
Hi! I'm Hend Adel, a freelancer technical geek with successful experience in Database, Linux and many other IT fields. I help to build solutions to suit business needs and creating streamlined processes. I love Linux and I'm here to share my skills via FOSS Linux! Thanks for reading my article.

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