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Difference Between APT, APT-GET, APT-CACHE and APT-CONFIG

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  • Last Updated : 15 Jul, 2020
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Package Manager is a tool (either CLI tool or GUI tool) that helps in managing the packages and software in an operating system. Package Manager provides services like Configuration, Installation, Removing/Uninstalling/Erasing of any kind of software packages. Mostly these tools are linked with online repositories where different software packages are stored related to the operating system. It is just like the Google Play Store in mobiles and Microsoft Store in Windows. But it is much easier to manage in these tools mostly based on Linux operating system. The above-mentioned name is also package management tools. Some are advance and structured and some are limited.


apt is a CLI package manager tool which after the apt-get and apt-cache but this tool is much more structured and advance. This tool has omitted the requirement to get and cache. This could perform all the tasks to get and cache as well as can perform some more advance and stable commands.

apt combination

apt combination


apt-get is a CLI package management tool. This tool is Debian based and used in different Debian based operating systems like Ubuntu, Kali Linux, etc. Even though both apt and apt-get tool is available in every Debian based os.

Using apt-get/apt command

1. To install a package.

apt-get install firefox 
apt install firefox

install package apt

2. To remove a package.

apt-get remove firefox  
apt remove firefox
remove package apt

apt & apt-get remove

3. To remove a package along with its configuration files.

apt-get purge firefox
apt purge firefox
remove package apt with configurtions

apt & apt-get purge

4. Remove all the packages that are of no use. 

apt-get autoremove      
apt autoremove

apt & apt-get autoremove


apt-cache is a CLI tool for searching the apt software packages. This tool is also used to get information about different packages.

1. To search for the package details.

apt-cache search firefox
apt search firefox
apt cache search

apt & apt-cache search

2. To get in-depth package details.

apt-cache show  firefox 
apt show firefox
apt cache show

apt & apt-cache show


apt-config is a cli tool to the configuration settings for different apt software packages. This helps in better understanding and implementing different configuration settings. This is mainly intended for shell scripting and debugging.

Mostly used properties.

shell - get configuration values via shell evaluation.
dump  - show the active configuration setting.

apt commands

apt evolution

apt & apt-config –help

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