APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) is the standard software package management system for Debian and its derivatives.

Here's some basic functionality offered by APT:

  • install/remove a software package (requires admin privileges):

    apt-get install/remove pkgname
  • display basic info about a package

    apt-cache show pkgname
  • display packages whose names and/or descriptions match the search pattern

    apt-cache search pattern

Here's a usage comparison with other package managers.

[note] APT keeps a log of some of its activities at "/var/log/apt/history.log".

Commonly asked Questions:

What information do I need to solve an APT dependency issue?

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