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Much of why Debian is a strong Linux distribution comes from its package management. Everything in Debian – every application, every component – everything – is built into a package.

There are many software packages available for Debian – everything from the Linux kernel to games. And this number has been growing with every release.

The Apt (Advanced Package Tool) package management system is a set of tools to download, install, remove, upgrade, configure and manage Debian packages, and therefore all software installed on your Debian system.

Installing, removing, upgrading software

To manage installed software, use a package manager:


Debian package documentation

Repository management


See also

Wiki pages

All wiki pages related to package management:

CategoryPortal | CategorySystemAdministration | CategoryPackageManagement | CategorySoftware