How To Quickly Search For A Package From Terminal Linux Mint / Ubuntu

Here’s how to quickly search for a package from terminal in Linux Mint / Ubuntu:

1. If not already installed, install aptitude by issuing the following command at the terminal –

sudo apt-get install aptitude

2. Now, issue the following command at the terminal –

sudo aptitude search <full or partial name of the package you want to search>

For example, to search for a package named ‘wicd’, we issued the following command at the terminal –

sudo aptitude search wicd

3. As you can see in the screenshot, we found our package and also a short description of what that package does. Now, to install a package use the following command at the terminal –

sudo apt-get install <package name>

In our case, it would be –

sudo apt-get install wicd

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