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How to Search for a Package on Linux Mint?

We can install multiple packages on Linux Mint to enhance the system functionality. A package contains multiple files and information. Searching the installed packages on the Linux Mint system is very straight-forward. We can easily search for the packages through the command line and Synaptic package manager application.

Searching a Package on Linux Mint from Terminal

We can use apt, apt-cache, and dpkg commands to search packages on Linux Mint.

Let’s discuss these commands one by one to search the packages on Linux Mint.

Using apt to Search a Package on Linux Mint

The apt command is usually used to install the packages on Linux Mint, Ubuntu, and Debian systems. Moreover, we can also search the packages with the apt command. Following is the syntax of using the apt command for searching the packages:

$ apt search keyword

The “keyword” refers to the keyword of a package. Let’s replace the keyword with Java and search all the available java packages:

$ apt search java

All the packages that contain Java keywords will be listed on the terminal.

In case you want to verify if either a specific package is installed on our Linux Mint system or not, you have to write the complete name of the package with the apt command as follows:

$ apt search astro-java

In the output, you can see that the “astro-java” package appears because it is installed on my system.

If we try to search for a package that is not installed on our Linux Mint system, then nothing will appear in the output. Let’s see an example of it below:

$ apt search losslesscut

The losslesscut is not installed on my Linux Mint system, therefore, nothing appears in the output.

Using apt-cache to Search a Package on Linux Mint

The apt-cache command can also be used to search a package on the Linux Mint system. The syntax of the apt-cache command for searching a package is as follows:

$ apt-cache search <package-name or keyword>

Let’s search the “astro-java” package with the apt-cache command:

$ apt-cache search astro-java

The astro-java package is installed on my Linux Mint system.

Using dpkg to Search a Package on Linux Mint

The dpkg is a package manager for Linux Mint.

To search for a package, we use the -s option with the dpkg command as follows:

$ dpkg -s <package-name or keyword>

Let’s search the Kdenlive video editor package using the dpkg command:

$ dpkg -s kdenlive

Searching a Package on Linux Mint from the Synaptic Package Manager

Open up the synaptic package manager from the application menu. Authentication is required to open this application. Enter your password and press “Authenticate”.

The synaptic package manager application’s dashboard will appear.

Hit the search icon, enter the package name for searching and click “Search”.

It shows all the available Java related packages.


Searching for a package in Linux Mint is very easy when using the command line and synaptic package manager. We can use apt, apt-cache, and dpkg commands to search packages. Moreover, the synaptic package manager is a GUI-based application tool for managing packages on Linux Mint.

About the author

Kamran Sattar Awaisi

I am a software engineer and a research scholar. I like to write article and make tutorial on various IT topics including Python, Cloud Computing, Fog Computing and Deep Learning. I love to use Linux based operating systems.