Debian Fast Track


Debian Fast Track is a repository that allows making “backports” of packages available to users of the stable distribution, if those packages cannot be maintained in testing and backported in the usual way.

For Users

Note: You will need bullseye-backports enabled, see backports website for instructions.

Import fasttrack archive keyring:

# apt install fasttrack-archive-keyring

Add following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list on your bullseye system.

deb bullseye-fasttrack main contrib
deb bullseye-backports-staging main contrib

If you cannot use https in your sources.list, add following.

deb bullseye-fasttrack main contrib
deb bullseye-backports-staging main contrib

Note: For instructions for buster system, see this.


We have a mirror, available via https, thanks to Jakob Haufe aka sur5r.

To use, replace with in above section.

You can also tell apt to choose a mirror automatically by using,

  1. For https, mirror://
  2. For http,

Note: The old mirror which was generously hosted for 3 years by folks at Linux.Pizza was shut down in May 2023.

For maintainers

We are setting up this service, please check FastTrack page on Debian Wiki for uploading packages to the Debian Fast Track repository.

Open an issue on salsa to get support.


Follow/Get involved via: Matrix or IRC #debian-fasttrack on OFTC network.


Q: Which packages should I upload to fasttrack ?

A: If a package cannot be part of a stable release because we cannot provide security updates for the entire stable lifecylce then that package cannot be in testing or backports. Those packages get security updates along with new upstream versions and such software can be in FastTrack.

Q: Does the package need to be in unstable or experimental to be in fasttrack?

A: the package has to be in unstable, we allow packages from experimental as exceptions. We also allow packages in fast track temporarily when packages need to clear backports-new

Q: Who should I contact if I need to remove a package?

A: We use salsa issues mentioned above

Q: What are the criteria for being able to upload? Is there a keyring for developers who can upload to fasttrack?

A: For now, its fast track team members who can upload. We can give other DDs upload access on request. Use the issue tracker

Q: Where should users report bugs? Bug reports in BTS.

A: We prefer that too. It is up to each maintainer how they want it.