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This page is about the ways to list the installed packages in a Debian system and how to create a file with this list. This file can be uploaded to the web (i.e. from other computer with Internet connection) to download new packages.

List all packages installed:

And to store in a file:

To check the status of all packages on your system:

This will show all packages (1 line each) that are in various stages of install (this includes packages that were removed but not purged). To show only the installed:

to filter through grep to get results for "i"

The command above is some how redundant, because dpkg support Wildcard_character , doing this instead

You can also use:

You can if you are using Debian Linux use dpkg command to list installed software:

And store the list installed software to a file called /backup/installed-software.log

$ dpkg --get-selections > /backup/installed-software.log

You can also find package information in the next directories (you can use mc or other FileManager to browse them):

Restore installed software

After re-installing base system you can immediately re-install all software.

All you have to do is type following two commands:

Now your list is imported use dselect, ["Synaptic"] or other PackageManagement tools to install the package :

Select ‘i‘ for install the software

You can also use “apt-get dselect-upgrade” instead of dselect

All this with a single command:

See also


CategoryPackageManagement