Debian’s APT Package Manager Has Reached Version 1.0, Comming With New Features

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, APT (Advanced Package Tool) is the default command-line package manager for Debian, Ubuntu and their derivative systems. Recently, APT has reached version 1.0, after 16 years since it was recently developed. Ubuntu’s Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Center run both apt in the background, for managing deb packages.

And according to it’s developer, APT 1.0  comes with a new features:

  • apt list displays the installed and upgradable packages, similar output dpkg -l
  • apt search searches in the  local repositories for packages, similar to apt-cache search, but displays the packages in alphabetical order
  • apt show displays information about packages, like apt-cache show, but displays a simplified output
  • apt update updates the local repository index, like apt-get update, but displays colored output
  • apt install installs packages from th repositories like apt-get install, but adds a progress bar
  • apt remove installs packages from th repositories like apt-get remove, but adds a progress bar
  • apt full-upgrade does the same as apt-get dist-upgrade
  • apt edit-sources opens the /etc/apt/sources.list file, in the default editor.

In this article I will show you how to install APT 1.0 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana and Linux Mint 13 Maya.

Because it is available via PPA, installing APT 1.0 on Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 17 and Linux Mint 13 Maya is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the apt package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mvo/apt-src-ftparchive
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install apt

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