How to install aptitude on Ubuntu 22.04

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install aptitude on Ubuntu 22.04.

apt is the default package manager on Ubuntu, which means you can use apt to manage packages on your Ubuntu machine. However, apt is not the only package manager that you can use to manage packages on your system.

aptitude is another package manager that you can install on Ubuntu and use it to manage packages, just like you can with apt.

The difference between aptitude and apt is that, apt is a cli package manager, meaning you can use apt only in the terminal because it doesn't have a GUI. Aptitude in the other hand, can be used in the terminal, and it has also a GUI that you can use.

Step 1 - Update

Before installing aptitude, you need to make sure that your machine is updated.

You can use apt to update your Ubuntu machine, by simply running the command below.

sudo apt update

Step 2 - Install aptitude

The package aptitude that we are going to install in this tutorial, is available on Ubuntu repositories, which means aptitude can be easily installed directly from the terminal, without adding or downloading any other package first.

To install aptitude, you can do so by issuing the following.

sudo apt install aptitude

Step 3 - Check aptitude installation

aptitude is now installed on your system.

Before starting to use aptitude, check that you are able to run aptitude. For example, you can check aptitude version, this way you can see if aptitude is able to run.

aptitude --version

Step 4 - Use aptitude

You should be able to use aptitude now to manage packages on your Ubuntu machine.

aptitude can be used in the terminal, or with GUI.

To use aptitude in the terminal, you can do so by running the command below.

sudo aptitude command

replace command with the command you want to execute. Let's say that you want to use aptitude to update your system, to do so, simply replace command with update command.

sudo aptitude update

To be able to use aptitude with GUI, then simply launch aptitude with

aptitude

And you should be able to use aptitude in GUI mode.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, you learned how to install aptitude on Ubuntu 22.04. We also explained what the differences are between the default package manager apt, and aptitude.

We used Ubuntu 22.04 for this tutorial. However, aptitude can be installed on any debian based distro, by downloading the official package of aptitude aptitude.