How to list every installed package with the apt command on Debian.

Posted: October 18, 2016. At: 11:02 AM. This was 1 year ago. Post ID: 9822
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The apt package manager allows management of all installed packages and the installation of new software on a Linux system. It also allows the retrieval of information about installed packages.

To list all installed packages, run this command. This does not require sudo or su.

jason$ apt list --installed

This will be a very long listing, so maybe redirect it into a text file for later reading.

jason$ apt list --installed > packages.txt
 
WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.

This is a sample of what you will get.

jason$ head -n 20 packages.txt
Listing...
a11y-profile-manager-indicator/xenial,now 0.1.10-0ubuntu3 amd64 [installed,automatic]
account-plugin-facebook/xenial,xenial,now 0.12+16.04.20160126-0ubuntu1 all [installed,automatic]
account-plugin-flickr/xenial,xenial,now 0.12+16.04.20160126-0ubuntu1 all [installed,automatic]
account-plugin-google/xenial,xenial,now 0.12+16.04.20160126-0ubuntu1 all [installed,automatic]
accountsservice/xenial-updates,now 0.6.40-2ubuntu11.2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
acl/xenial,now 2.2.52-3 amd64 [installed,automatic]
acpi-support/xenial,now 0.142 amd64 [installed,automatic]
acpid/xenial,now 1:2.0.26-1ubuntu2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
activity-log-manager/xenial,now 0.9.7-0ubuntu23 amd64 [installed,automatic]
adduser/xenial,xenial,now 3.113+nmu3ubuntu4 all [installed]
adium-theme-ubuntu/xenial-updates,xenial-updates,now 0.3.4-0ubuntu1.1 all [installed,automatic]
adwaita-icon-theme/xenial-updates,xenial-updates,now 3.18.0-2ubuntu3.1 all [installed,automatic]
aften/xenial,now 0.0.8+git20100105-0ubuntu2 amd64 [installed,automatic]
aircrack-ng/xenial,now 1:1.2-0~beta3-4 amd64 [installed,automatic]
aisleriot/xenial,now 1:3.18.2-1ubuntu1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
alsa-base/xenial,xenial,now 1.0.25+dfsg-0ubuntu5 all [installed,automatic]
alsa-utils/xenial,now 1.1.0-0ubuntu5 amd64 [installed,automatic]
anacron/xenial,now 2.3-23 amd64 [installed,automatic]
apache2-bin/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now 2.4.18-2ubuntu3.1 amd64 [installed,automatic]

This is how to print just the package names in a very long listing.

jason$ apt list --installed | sed 's/\|/ /'|awk '{print $1}' | perl -n -e 'print unless $. == 1' > packages.txt
 
WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.

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