- apt is a newer version of apt-get
- They are both based on the APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) system.
- Both tools used to install, remove, and update software packages on Debian-based Linux distributions.
- For the most part, yes, you can use apt and apt-get interchangeably.
- The commands are mostly the same, and they will usually produce the same results.
- However, there are some cases where the two tools will behave differently.
|Installs a new package
|Removes a package
|Removes package with configuration
|Updates the list of available packages
|Updates all installed packages to the latest version
|Upgrades packages with auto-handling of dependencies
|Removes packages that are no longer needed
|Searches for a package
|Shows package details
|Simple dependency resolution.
|Complex dependency resolution with suggested software installations.
|More helpful error messages
|Less helpful error messages
|Package versions on the file system
|Older versions of packages remain on the file system when using apt-get upgrade.
|Older versions of packages are deleted from the file system when using apt upgrade.
|Preferred tool for most users
|Printed output from operations
|Prints basic output from each apt-get command to the user, without much detail.
|Prints verbose output from each apt command to the user for more information on operations, including a progress bar on tasks.
|No. Users must use apt-cache package management commands instead for search.
|Year of release