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== What is APT? ==

APT ''(for '''A'''dvanced '''P'''ackage '''T'''ool)'' is a set of tools for [[DebianPackageManagement|managing Debian packages]], and therefore the applications installed on your Debian system.

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What is APT?

APT (for Advanced Package Tool) is a set of tools for managing Debian packages, and therefore the applications installed on your Debian system.

How to use?

See DebianPackageManagement section.

APT resolves dependency problems and retrieves requested packages from designated package repositories. APT delegates the actual installation and removal of packages to dpkg. APT is primarily used by commandline tools, but

  • there are many GUI tools to let you use APT without having to touch the command line.

  • tools like aptitude can interact with APT via both command line and TUI interfaces.

Further Reading


  • AptCLI - basics of using APT on the commandline

  • apt-get - probably the most widely-used APT commandline tool

  • aptitude - a tool that can (among other things) drive APT from commandline or TUI

  • Synaptic - a graphical APT package manager


  • AptPreferences - details where and when to retrieve packages

  • AptConf - even more detailed APT configuration