Is there any way (dpkg, apt?) to get a package's sources and URL to repository, if available, in Debian ?


What about sudo apt-get source packageName? It installs the newest available source tree, when available, in the current working directory.

Check man apt-get for more details.

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  • I need just the name. Is there a way to get it ? Also, how could I get the git repo URL from where it downloads the package ? – Marius Cotofana Jan 16 '13 at 19:47
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    No real need for sudo here, right? – sr_ Jan 16 '13 at 21:15

for latest version:

apt-get download --print-uris package | cut -d' ' -f1

for specific version

apt-get download --print-uris package=version | cut -d' ' -f1
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apt-cache policy package displays which versions can be installed from which repositories.

bash$ apt-cache policy dpkg
  Version table:
 *** 0
        500 http://fi.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://mirrors.nic.funet.fi/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status 0
        500 http://fi.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages
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To get the source:
Check that you have a deb-src line in /etc/apt/sources.list.
As root, run apt-get build-dep package.
As normal user, run apt-get source package.

To get the URL, go to http://packages.debian.org/source/sourcepackage. Then you get a list of the different versions in the supported archives.
If the source package name differs from the binary, it's in the package description, 2nd line it seems.
grep -A1 binpackagename /var/lib/apt/*Packages |grep Source should do the trick.

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apt-get install --yes --no-download --reinstall --print-uris package-name

You can extract just URL by adding: | tail -n1 | grep -o "http[^']\+"

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  • does not work for me – lalebarde Feb 27 '16 at 9:02
  • Worked for me, thanks. The important part is --print-uris – Gabriel Devillers Oct 5 '17 at 9:55
  • Doesn't work if the package has unmet deps – Evan Carroll May 17 '18 at 2:26

You can use website pkgs.org where you can search for packages. It will give you package and repository path as well.

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You can use a very simple script called apt-url, that uses apt-move behind the scene to show the package URL.

This script could be found at:


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