xara: Debian package manager


Most Ubuntu users prefer Software Center or synaptic for package management. Those who love the command-line definitely use apt all the time. In this article we will explore another package manager available in the default repos – xara. xara is written in GTK+ and has powerful capabilities.

xara simplifies the complex task of package management for a layman and is quite similar to Octopi, the pacman front-end available on Manjaro. It works on all Debian and Ubuntu based distros.


  • unified view, minimal popups
  • simplified query syntax tree (e.g. specify sections, depends etc.)
  • view package details
  • search and highlight description
  • shows all available versions or newest
  • export details of selected package in plain text
  • run apt queries
  • edit database search options to fine tune searches

The only limitation with xara is, it doesn’t retain history. You have to refer to apt history from /var/log/apt/history.log.


To install xara on Ubuntu, run:

$ sudo apt-get install xara-gtk


Features: 4/5
Usability: 4.5/5


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