Monday, 28 March 2016

Install Synaptic Package Manager

About  Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic Package Manager is GTK+- based GUI for apt (Advance Packaging Tool)- the package management used by Debian and its derivatives. Synaptic Package Manager- a very handy tool, used to install, remove and update software packages and add repositories. Though, based on deb packages but can be used on the system bsed on RPM packages.


  • Install, remove, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages System-wide upgrade
  • Package search utility
  • Manage package repositories
  • Find packages by name, description and several other attributes
  • Select packages by status, section, name or a custom filter
  • Sort packages by name, status, size or version
  • Browse available online documentation related to a package
  • Download the latest changelog of a package
  • Lock packages to the current version
  • Force the installation of a specific package version
  • Undo/Redo of selections
  • Built-in terminal emulator for the package manager
  • Allows creation of download scripts

I have tested it on Kali Linux 1.1.0a machine with 32-bit architecture. To begin installing Synaptic Package Manager on your system, 

1. Please add below two repositories

deb kali main non-free contrib 
deb kali/updates main contrib non-free

to sources.list file (path: Computer -> File System -> etc -> apt -> sources.list). Save the

Note: Before saving sources.list file, make sure that it shouldn't have duplicate entries of  repository/ ies or else you may get 404 error or unmet dependency error.

2. Now open terminal and type apt-get update && apt-get upgrade to update kali linux.

3. Once done, execute apt-get install synaptic and then apt-get install software-center.

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