Is there any alternative to command apt-get install *name of package*

When I type the same command apt-get install *name of package* from which website that packages are downloaded? Is it possible to visit that site and download the zip folder?

If I download hostapd and lighttpd using web browser how I can install them. Which websites should I use to download (there are many out there)?

  • Note that Kali is a distribution for advanced users and mostly intended to run in virtual machines without installing, for penetration testing activities. If you want a distribution for everyday life, use Debian or Ubuntu. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Mar 11 '17 at 1:44

You can see the list of sites from which packages are loaded by inspecting /etc/apt/sources.list as well as files in /etc/apt/sources.list.d.

You can download a package file with apt-get download, if you want to look inside for some reason. The package files that you installed are kept in /var/cache/apt/archives until the cache gets purged. The packages are in deb format, not zip. You can use dpkg-deb or an archive viewer to look inside. If you just want to print the URL and not download the file, you can use apt-get download --print-uris.

There is rarely any reason to install software without using the package manager, except for software that isn't available as a package. For example, both hostapd and lighttpd are available as packages, so the way to install them is with apt-get install (or equivalent: apt install, aptitude install, a GUI package manager, …), not with a web browser.


Getting a package can be as simple as a Google search.
Also, you can try to find the packages you need in the Kali repository or the Debian repository.

After you have downloaded the packages install them from a terminal with dpkg -i package.deb or from the from Software Center if Kali has one (double-click on the .deb file, but I am not sure if Kali has a Software Center like Ubuntu has).

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    This is poor advice. The normal way to install a package is not to look for it on the web, download it and then install it with dpkg, but to tell apt the package name and let it download from the proper repository. Looking in random repositories is likely to produce mismatched versions and cause countless incompatibilities. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Mar 11 '17 at 1:43
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    Well I answered the OP's question "Is it possible to visit that site and download the zip folder ?". He might not have internet connection, company policy might forbid access to external repositories or you might want to install different version than the one present in the repository. – mazs Mar 13 '17 at 7:53

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