Linux Package Managers

In this post, we will see installation methods used in Linux distributions

When you use Linux, there are be different methods of software installation. Some of the methods I will try to cover in this post Before we learn about the package managers, let’s see what they do for us

Package managers

Using package managers

Package managers

We have something called Debian Package Management System which is base for most of the Debian based Linux distributions systems. Under this, we use different package managers

Apt (Advanced packaging tool)

Some of the commands and its usage are as follows

Command Usage
sudo apt update Update package database
sudo apt upgrade Upgrade all system packages
sudo apt update && <br>sudo apt upgrade -y Update and Upgrade in single command
sudo apt install <package_name Install specifid package
sudo apt remove Remove package
sudo apt purge Removes package including its the configuration files
`sudo apt search ``|Search for package information in package database|
`sudo apt show <package_name>``|Shows the contents of the package |
sudo apt list --upgradeable Shows all packages for which updates are available
sudo apt list --installed Shows list of installed packages
sudo apt autoremove Remove useless packages which got installed with other softwares but now not needed

Aptitude Package Manager this works similar like apt package manager

Command Usage
aptitude install <package_name> Install <package_name>
aptitude search <package_name> Search <package_name>
aptitude search ~i List installed packages
aptitude remove <package_name> Remove <package_name>
aptitude search ~D<package_name> List reverse dependencies
aptitude versions <package_name> Print information on priorities for <package_name>
aptitude show <package_name> Show package information for <package_name>
aptitude source <package_name> Download <package_name>’s sources
  1. Using dpkg tool

Next comes RPM (Red Hat Package Manager)

Here we have YUM (Yellowdog Updater, Modified) which is now updated with DNF – Dandified Yum

Command Usage
dnf install <pkg> Install package
dnf install httpd-manual -y While doing installation it assumes Yes
dnf check-update Check for Updates
dnf update <pkg> -y Updates pkg
dnf download <pkg> Download RMP package
dnf install pkg.rpm Install local package
dnf remove pkg Uninstall package
dnf reinstall pkg -y Reinstall package
dnf repolist View the repository informinstallationation
dnf search pkg Search for specific package information
dnf info pkg See package information
dnf history VIew the history of the dnf commands /transcations
dnf clean all Clear Cached Information

Pacman Package Manager Arch Linux

pacman is used in arch based distributions like manjaro linux

Common Commands

Command Usage
pacman -Syu <pkg> Install (and update package list)
pacman -S <pkg> Install only
pacman -Rsc <pkg> Uninstall
pacman -Ss <keywords> Search
pacman -Syu Upgrade everything
Command Usage
pacman -Qe List explictly-installed packages
pacman -Ql What files does this package have?
pacman -Qii List information on package
pacman -Qo Who owns this file?
pacman -Qs Search installed packages for keywords


Command Usage
pacman -Qdt List unneeded packages
pacman -Rns $(pacman -Qdtq) Uninstall unneeded packages


Command Usage
pactree <pkg> What does pkg depend on?
pactree -r <pkg> What depends on pkg?

If you dont like to work with commands, there are also the Graphical Package Managers as shown below

Ubuntu Software Center


Fedora Software center

Fedora Software Center

Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic Package Manager

Pamac Manager