How to use Kali Linux Package manager to install packages

how to install software in kali linux by apt-get

How to install any software in Kali Linux

Kali Linux has 400 software pre-installed, but if we talk about repository then it consist of more than 2000 tools. and sometimes we need to install the software in Kali Linux. so the question is this “how to install any software in Kali Linux using package manager apt-get?”

In this tutorial I am going tell you about apt-get utility, which is used for managing software. In the sense of managing => install new software, remove installed software, update software, purge software etc.

The APT is a Kali package manager is used for handling package utility is known as “apt-get”. It is a powerful command-line tool for managing software package. It is used for installing and removing packages in Linux. It is installed packages along with their dependencies. Dependencies are the additional packages required for other software. For example: The best friend of pentester is Metasploit is written in Ruby programming language. Without Ruby installed in your system, Metasploit could not work launch. So Ruby is a dependency on Metasploit.

Install the software in Kali Linux using apt-get install command

Installing extra software packages by apt-get command is simple and straightforward.

Syntax :

sudo apt-get install {package_name}
For example, if you want to install the gimp package
apt-get install gimp

Update: apt-get update

Before installing any packages on the system, it is recommended that update first.  The syntax for performing updates follows:

sudo apt-get update

Upgrade: apt-get upgrade

The upgrade function is used for download and install all newer version of installed software package in Kali Linux. Use following commands for upgrading Kali Linux:

sudo apt-get upgrade

Distribution Upgrade: apt-get dist-upgrade

Distribution upgrade function work similarly to upgrade function, however, this function upgrades the version of the distribution. When this command is used kali will be raised from version 1.0 to 1.n or 2.n and so on. Syntax

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

How to Remove/Uninstall software in Kali Linux: apt-get remove

Apt-get can work as remove packages, if packages are not useful anymore then it can be remove by using following Syntax

sudo apt-get remove {package_name}

Just for example try to removing “leafpad” and install again
apt-get remove leafpad

apt-get install leafpad

Auto Remove: apt-get autoremove

At the time of upgrading distribution the Operating System’s software packages are replaced by new and improved version. The auto remove function will remove old version package no longer needed for functionality of system. Syntax

sudo apt-get autoremove
It should be perform after upgrade or distribution upgrade.

 Purge (Erase packages): apt-get purge 

This function will erase software packages completely with related configuration files in one fell swoop. It is dangerous when used incorrectly or by mistakes. So use remove for uninstalling software packages. Purge can be used by the following syntax:

sudo apt-get purge {package_name}

Clean downloaded packages : apt-get clean 

Packages are downloaded from the source in the system, unpackaged, then installed on system. Package will reside on the system, which are no longer necessary after installation of package. These packages consume the memory and need to be cleaned away. Use following command and launch clean function :

sudo apt-get clean

apt-get autoclean

Auto-cleaning additionally cleans the framework in a comparable manner as the clean unction; notwithstanding, it ought to be pursued update and dispersion moves up to the framework, as the autoclean capacity will uproot old bundles that have been supplanted with new ones. Syntax:

sudo apt-get autoclean

Putting two or more function together :


apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get dist-upgrade

apt-get autoremove && apt-get autoclean

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  3. What if I only want to update and upgrade only one tool. Will the “sudo apt-get install {package_name}” do the work without installing or upgrading other tools?

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