Installing the plugin is simple once you have Bazaar itself installed.

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu then you can install the package. It will be reasonably up to date, and will work well with the packaged version of Bazaar (package name bzr) if you are using that as well. Like all packages it can be installed by any of the package managers, for instance:

# aptitude install bzr-builddeb

If you want to run the latest version of the code then you can use Bazaar to get the development branch of the code.

$ mkdir -p ~/.bazaar/plugins/
$ bzr branch \

Then whenever you want to update the code you can run

$ cd ~/.bazaar/plugins/builddeb/
$ bzr pull

to get the latest version. Installing by this method means that you may be missing some of the dependencies. The main one is python-debian. Installing the package for this dependency will probably get you a working install, but API changes may mean that you need to install a development version of this library.

To check your install you should be able to run

$ bzr plugins

and see bzr-builddeb included in the output:

bzr-builddeb - manage packages in a Bazaar branch.

The plugin also comes with a testsuite, and running

$ bzr selftest builddeb

should run all the test and report any problems.