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I accidently removed apt-get from my Debian system by issuing:

dpkg --force-depends --purge apt

How can I reinstall it?

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    This is why the --force-* options should only be used exceptionally sparingly, even if you think you know what you're doing... Speaking of which, why did you feel the need to remove apt? – Shadur Nov 30 '11 at 18:14
  • apt didnt work any more... I tried to install anything but it didn't work, I got some strange errors. (can't remember which one, I think it said something like "E:small apt database, try to increase the cache" or something) I reinstalled apt and it works now. – MilMike Nov 30 '11 at 18:30
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ok, I reinstalled it! just downloaded the deb package and used dpkg to install it.:

dpkg -i apt_0.7.20.2+lenny2_amd64.deb
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    Thanks for answering your own question. Could you maybe share the dpkg command used, please? – rahmu Nov 30 '11 at 13:18
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    Did you use dpkg -i foobar.deb? – znarf Nov 30 '11 at 16:41
  • I just edited my answer and added the dpkg command. – MilMike Nov 30 '11 at 17:01
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    That link is broken now. But you can still find the list of available apt distributions by going here – Greg Jul 10 '15 at 22:23
  • @Greg After almost three years, I've now edited the answer to include the correct link. – Fabian Röling May 11 '18 at 20:41
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This link has debian packages for all apt versions that were in a Debian release: ftp://archive.debian.org/debian/pool/main/a/apt/

First install libapt-pkg for the version you need and then install the apt package for your system using dpkg -i.

In case of conflicts, look for apt packages in dpkg -l and uninstall it using dpkg -r. After this use the above step to reinstall apt.

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  • I edited it from Ubuntu to the Debian URL. "All known apt versions" is not true. – Jodka Lemon Jul 24 '15 at 0:24
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    In case of conflicts, it means you installed the wrong version of something. Don't uninstall what's already there, instead install the correct version of what was removed. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jul 24 '15 at 1:04

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