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Monday, September 26, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 Linux: Ebay listing tool! jAOLT - Turbo Lister Alternative?

The Java Auction Organisation and Listing Tool (jAOLT) allows the users to create and organize their auctions for eBay, AuVito and Hood offline as well as list the created auctions without using a website. 

The "normal" way to install the software via the developer's ppa with
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:handschuh/ppa
sudo apt-get install jaolt
DOES NOT WORK! (Could not find package 'jaolt')

But there is a downloadable .deb package of jAOLT, you can get it here!

After downloading the .deb file (jaolt_0.6.7.1-1107_all.deb)
it can be installed by opening it with ubuntu software center.

Then it seems to work, but it DOES NOT. To use jAOLT with ebay it is neccessary to obtain a token from ebay. Otherwise you cannot properly add an ebay account to jAOLT.

How to obtain a token for ebay? (developer's wiki)
Go to the official ebay developer page at and create an account if you can agree the API license agreement (at the current time, you cannot delete this account)
  1. Do NOT perform a "Compatible Application Check"
  2. Go into "My Account"
  3. Create the production keys
  4. Select the "application settings" tab in the "My Account" area
  5. Select the "Production" environment and your keyset
  6. Select "User Tokens" and generate your Token
Follow each step and jAOLT will work. After getting used to its "unique" user experience it is a really an open source and free alternative to ebay's turbolister.

ATTENTION: It is not exactly an offline-tool. It does not work properly without internet connection.


  1. There is a missing step in between adding to the repository. You need to update the repository before trying to install a new application.

    This worked for me

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:handschuh/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install jaolt

  2. Thanks a lot. Works fine!
    You should think about adding the comment from Steve...

  3. First showstopper, shipping options. Does not interface with ebay's calculated shipping option.

  4. The PPA repository referred to above appears not to exist anymore. All the packages at Google Code are deprecated.