I'm looking for sort of an 'app-store' or Google Play store type functionality for apt-get packages. What I'd really like to do is select a category, like 'Music' or 'Internet' and see the list of available packages in that category with their summaries.

It'd be even better if the packages had ratings or reviews. Does anything like this exist?

  • For Ubuntu or for any deb-based distro?
    – Braiam
    Oct 30, 2013 at 4:16
  • Anything. Cygwin has something approaching this functionality in the setup.exe process.
    – Ehryk
    Oct 30, 2013 at 4:24
  • For debian they have this: debian.org/distrib/packages
    – slm
    Oct 30, 2013 at 4:50

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Such a thing already exists for Ubuntu:


You can browse by category and search for packages using the web interface. Each application also displays its rating and any reviews it has received - just like the Software Center in Ubuntu.

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If it doesn't need to be web based, there are various programs that do this (arranged in order of purdiness):

  1. The classic: synaptic, you just need to click on the "Sections" button on the bottom left to browse by section. Should work on all Debian based distros and as far as I know is installed by default on all of them as well. You can get Ubuntu debs (which should work for Mint as well) here. No ratings or reviews.

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  2. Ubuntu software center, installed by default on Ubuntu systems, but can also be installed on other Debian-based distros. Offers ratings and reviews where available.

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  3. Mint software manager (mintinstall), installed by default on Mint systems (including Linux Mint Debian) but can also be installed on other Debian-based distros. enter image description here

    It offers ratings and reviews when available.

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  • 3
    To use them I'd have to VNC into the machine, which I don't usually. I have Windows machines and SSH access to the Linux Mint install. Thanks though!
    – Ehryk
    Oct 30, 2013 at 5:15
  • @terdon Muon too, for a KDE-centric Universe. Oct 30, 2013 at 11:16

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