Most Ubuntu users prefer Software Center or synaptic for package management. Those who love the command-line definitely use apt all the time. In this article we will explore another package manager available in the default repos – xara. xara is written in GTK+ and has powerful capabilities.
xara simplifies the complex task of package management for a layman and is quite similar to Octopi, the pacman front-end available on Manjaro. It works on all Debian and Ubuntu based distros.
- unified view, minimal popups
- simplified query syntax tree (e.g. specify sections, depends etc.)
- view package details
- search and highlight description
- shows all available versions or newest
- export details of selected package in plain text
- run apt queries
- edit database search options to fine tune searches
The only limitation with xara is, it doesn’t retain history. You have to refer to apt history from
To install xara on Ubuntu, run:
$ sudo apt-get install xara-gtk