Is there a place (website) to view all packages that can be installed with apt-get, or rather search for one based of some criteria such as key-phrase, similar to what you can do for npm? Where are these packages that are being installed being stored? How does someone add a package that can be installed with apt-get?

apt seems like a mystery tool that the only reason people know what packages that can be installed install is because of a forum or Stack Overflow post told them too, where's the master list at??

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    If it's a mystery, at least it's a well-documented mystery. Start with man apt, and there should be a complete user guide in /usr/share/doc/apt/ if you install the apt-doc package. BTW, to search for packages try apt-cache search. and, of course, see Package Management on the debian wiki.
    – cas
    Jun 25, 2021 at 1:30
  • There will not be a "one fits all" solution here, as you can add new repositories which expands the list of available programs.
    – Panki
    Jun 25, 2021 at 6:41
  • Packages.deb, example overview packages.debian.org/stable → the 40,000 packages are listed in groups. ..... Storage example ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/pool/main Jun 25, 2021 at 8:28

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Is there a place (website) to view all packages that can be installed with apt-get

Look at the locations given in /etc/apt/sources.list

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