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dpkg Command Tutorial For Beginners With Examples

dpkg Command Tutorial For Beginners With Examples

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This tutorial is for you if you are an user on Ubuntu or Debian-based system. dpkg is a tool to deal with Debian packages. It is a built-in command for Debian package management.  It let you to install Debian packages in from system. You can also build, remove and manage Debian package.

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dpkg Command Tutorial For Beginners With Examples)

dpkg command syntax

dpkg [options] filename

Let’s go through the some of the example of dpkg command.

Install A Package Using dpkg

Run the following command to install a package using dpkg. Here the option -i initiate the installation procedure.

dpkg -i [package-name]

For example:

dpkg -i filename.deb

Remove A Package Using dpkg

Run the following command to remove the already installed package from the system. Option -r removes the package.

dpkg -r [package-name]

For example:

dpkg -r filename.deb

To View The Content Of A Package

Run the following command to view the content of  a package in your system.

dpkg -c filename.deb

To Check The Location Of Packages Installed

Run the following command to check the location of packages installed in your system.

dpkg -L filename

To Install All Packages From A Directory

Run the following command to install all .deb files from a specific directory.

dpkg -R --install directoryname/

To List All Installed packages

To list out the installed packages in the system, you need to run the following command with -l option.

dpkg -l

To Unpack A package Using dpkg

If you want to unpack a package without installing then you need to run the following command.

dpkg --unpack [package-name]

For example:

dpkg --unpack filename.deb

Run the following command to configure package which you have already completed the process of unpacking.

dpkg --configure [filename.deb]

To Check If A package Is Installed Or Not

You need to run the following command to check if a package is installed or not

dpkg -s [Package]

For example:

dpkg -s filename.deb

To Purge A package

If you want to remove a package completely then you need to run the following command.

dpkg -P [package-name]

For example

dpkg -P filename.deb

To Display dpkg Version

dpkg –version

To List Out Available Options Of dpkg Command.

dpkg –help