- Package Management Basics on Raspberry Pi OS
- Upgrade Software Packages on Raspberry Pi OS
- Remove Software Packages on Raspberry Pi OS
- List Information About Software Packages on Raspberry Pi OS
This article will introduce several methods to update and upgrade Raspberry Pi OS or its packages.
Package Management Basics on Raspberry Pi OS
Generally, most Linux distributions offer the feature of package management, which provides ease of use for the end-users to configure and maintain the up-to-date system. Raspberry Pi OS is a Debian-based Linux distribution, so it comes with the APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) command-line interface for package management.
You also might be familiar with the APT interface if you had some experience with Ubuntu-based systems. The APT interface is mostly exposed using the
apt command, which we will utilize in the following examples.
Usually, you should aim to update the system and packages to the latest version because of the security patches, but sometimes you might need to manually install the newest packages to satisfy the dependencies of some other software package. You can install a new package (e.g., htop) using the following
sudo apt install htop
Notice that most
apt commands require root privileges, so each command should be using
sudo prefix to temporarily elevate the current user’s permissions and modify packages on the system. Alternatively, you may also specify multiple package names as a space-separated list for bulk installation, which is demonstrated in the next command:
sudo apt install htop cmake valgrind python3-venv
Upgrade Software Packages on Raspberry Pi OS
You can upgrade existing software packages using the
apt upgrade command. The
upgrade option will install available upgrades to all packages currently installed on the Raspberry Pi. Meanwhile,
apt update command is used to retrieve package information from the sources.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
The above command may also install dependency packages as required, and it usually reports the corresponding names before user confirmation. Note that this command will not remove conflicting package dependencies when needed. The latter feature is separately provided by
full-upgrade option that might offer a more headless solution for you to upgrade packages on the system.
sudo apt full-upgrade
Remove Software Packages on Raspberry Pi OS
Installed packages can be uninstalled by adding the
remove option to the apt command and specifying the names of packages:
sudo apt remove htop cmake valgrind python3-venv
Mind that the
remove option leaves behind some configuration files that are usually reused if the removed packages are installed in the future. In case you need to delete the mentioned leftover configuration files, you must specify the
purge option to the
apt command as shown in the following example:
sudo apt purge htop cmake valgrind python3-venv
List Information About Software Packages on Raspberry Pi OS
Sometimes, you might need to check if the given package is available on the repositories and to list their dependencies. These features are included in the
apt show command, and it can be run without the
sudo prefix as it does not require elevated privileges.
apt show python3-venv
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