Synaptic Package Manager

0.81.4 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
3.9/5 89
The most powerful Graphical User Interface for the APT package management system

editor's review






Synaptic Package Manager is an open source application that allows users to manage software packages in any Debian-based operating system, including the well known Ubuntu and Linux Mint distributions.

It has been designed from the ground up to provide users with a straightforward GUI front-end for the command-line APT package management system specifically developed for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

Features at a glance

The application allows users to search, query, install, upgrade, downgrade and remove single or multiple packages from the current installations. It can also be used to manage software repositories and upgrade an entire operating system to a new version.

In addition, the program lets you to configure packages through the debconf application for performing system-wide configuration tasks on Debian-based operating systems, as well as to browse a package’s online documentation.

Another interesting feature is the built-in, non-interactive terminal emulator that will display in real-time what the application does. Furthermore, undo and redo functionality for selections is also built into the application.

Easy to use graphical user interface

The easy to use graphical user interface will allow anyone to quickly find certain packages by name, description or various other attributes. Packages can be sorted by name, version, status, or size, as well as selected by section, status, name, or a custom filter.

Each package is displayed with in-depth description and link to the its homepage. It is also possible to view a package’s dependencies, installed files, maintainer, status, and many other details by right clicking on them and selecting the Properties entry.

It’s also possible to lock certain packages to their current version, which means that they will be ignored during a system upgrade, manually fetch and view the latest changes of a package, and force the installation of a specific package version.

Bottom line

Summing up, Synaptic Package Manager is a very powerful application that is usually preferred by Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian users to install, update and remove applications, libraries and core components from their open source operating systems.

Synaptic Package Manager was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 12th, 2015
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