How to install qpdf on a DO app

I have a D.O. app which is currently running that I need to install qpdf on. Given that there is no root access or sudo privileges available on the app, how do I install qpdf?

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Bobby Iliev
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March 28, 2022


Indeed, if you’re using buildpacks with App Platform, apt commands are not supported, though we plan to offer a method to do this in the future.

A workaround is to build and deploy using a Dockerfile:

That way you can specify the exact packages that you would like to be installed in your Dockerfile directly.

Hope that this helps!