Alien is a program that converts between the rpm, dpkg, stampede slp, and slackware tgz file formats. If you want to use a package from another distribution than the one you have installed on your system, you can use alien to convert it to your preferred package format and install it.


no longer maintaining alien

I am no longer maintaining alien. A new maintainer is wanted.


Downloading alien

Alien's website has moved to

My old git repository for alien is still available at git://

I've blogged a few times about alien. Alien use patterns examines who I think is using alien now, and this post gives some historical background.