Ubuntu, Debian, Kali, Mint Apt-Get Search Tutorial with Examples

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Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali and other related distributions uses apt-get as package manager. All of these distributions are deb or dpkg related distributions. apt-get provides different type of commands to list, search, install, remote, revert etc. Detailed information about apt-get can found in the following tutorial.

http://www.poftut.com/apt-and-apt-get-tutorial-with-examples/

In this tutorial we will look apt-cache search command in detail.

Search Packages

We can search deb packages from repositories with the following command by providing a search term. In this example we will search for tmux keyword.

$ apt-cache search tmux

Search Package Names Only

In previous example we have search the given term all package information like package name, description, text etc. We can make a search only in the package names with --names-only . In this example we will search for apache only in the packages names part.

Search Package Names Only

Search Package Names Only

Search Part Of Text

If we do not know the whole keyword to search we can use glob * to imply. In this example we want to search packages for term starts with apache .

Search Part Of Text

Search Part Of Text

List All Packages with Apt-Search

We can use glob or regex single character . to list all packages with the apt-cache search

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