I'm about to install FreeBSD 12.1. I'm a longtime Ubuntu user, and I prefer to install apps via the command line. Just wondering.


The FreeBSD project has a very good Handbook covering most aspects of using the system.

For example, there is a chapter dedicated to Installing Applications: Packages and Ports.

In it, you will get to know that the command that is used for installation of pre-compiled 3rd party software is called pkg:

A FreeBSD package contains pre-compiled copies of all the commands for an application, as well as any configuration files and documentation. A package can be manipulated with the pkg(8) commands, such as pkg install.

  • Thank you Gilles and Kusalanada. These were more than satisfactory answers. – Steve Wright Feb 11 at 15:17

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