I am new to Linux so I don't really know how to install from source.

I went to libusb.org and downloaded the latest version of libusb.

  • Where do I put it?
  • When I follow the install instructions, where does it end up?
  • How can I make sure that it has installed correctly?

The reason I need to install it (and many other things) is because I need to use this project: http://www.libimobiledevice.org/ and there are many things to install, but I will start with libusb 1.0.9 first, and then I install USBMUXD.


As with most software for Linux, both libusb and libimobiledevice are packaged for Debian. There is no need to download and compile it yourself! Just install it:

sudo apt install libimobiledevice-utils libimobiledevice-doc

will get you the command-line tools shipped with libimobiledevice, as well as the documentation. You probably don't want to use those tools, however, since they're fairly low-level. Instead, try using gtkpod (sudo apt install gtkpod), a graphical application which uses libimobiledevice. There are a few other things which may do what you want; if you run

apt-cache rdepends libimobiledevice4

you will get a list of packages that use libimobiledevice for some things; you can look at their description with apt-cache show and install them with sudo apt install

  • thanks. I won't need the graphicals of that library, I really only need USBMUXD, iFuse and LibUSB, as I am developing my own software,. – vaid Oct 10 '15 at 14:06
  • I tried apt-cache rdepends libimobiledevice4 and and then sudo apt install usbmuxd, and then I write usbmuxd -V to check the version and it is 1.0.9 while the latest version of usbmuxd seems to be 1.1.0. Why didn't the latest version get installed? – vaid Oct 10 '15 at 14:30
  • @vaid "Why didn't the latest version get installed?" Because that is the version in jessie. In general, if it is a leaf package, you can often backport it. See unix.stackexchange.com/q/112157/4671 – Faheem Mitha Oct 13 '15 at 1:38

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