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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 their 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 a 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