How to Install Prey on Ubuntu

Before You Start!

In order for Prey to work as intended, you need all relevant dependencies installed in your machine. To install them, just run the following command in a terminal window:

sudo apt install libgtk-3-dev scrot streamer mpg123

For Ubuntu machines running Ubuntu 20 or earlier, run the following command instead:

sudo apt install python-gtk2 scrot streamer mpg123

If you have issues adding these dependencies, run the following command:

sudo apt --fix-broken install

This command will fix all dependencies that were added that ran into issues when installing. Once you run this, run the previous command again and then re-install Prey.

1. Download our latest Ubuntu package from

2. Open a terminal and run the following command:

sudo dpkg -i {path to the Prey installer}

3. Once the installation finishes, run the following command in the same terminal so you get all required dependencies:

sudo apt-get install -f

4. The account setup dialog should trigger as soon as the previous command finishes. Enter your Prey email and password.

5. You're all set up! 

If you have trouble, just make sure that you refer to the right path in #2, and that you downloaded the right package for your OS's architecture.

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