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2 Ways to List All Manually Installed Packages in Ubuntu/Debian

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In this article, I will take you through 2 different ways that can be used to list all manually installed packages in Ubuntu/Debian. Many times you might want to know about all the packages which are automatically installed due to some dependency requirements from another package and also about the packages which you have manually installed. While there are multiple ways to find all those packages but here we will look into 2 simple ways that can be easily used to find out all the manually installed packages. We will see about automatically installed packages in upcoming articles.

2 Ways to List All Manually Installed Packages in Ubuntu/Debian

2 Ways to List All Manually Installed Packages in Ubuntu/Debian

Also Read: How to Prevent Updating a Specific Package in Linux(Ubuntu/Debian)

Method 1: Using apt or apt-get command

If you are using older Ubuntu/Debian version then you can use apt or apt-get command to check all the manually installed packages in Ubuntu/Debian. You need to run apt list --manual-installed=true command to check all the manually installed packages. More about apt command.

NOTE:

Please note that here I am using root user to run all the below commands. You can use any user with sudo access to run all these commands. For more information Please check Step by Step: How to Add User to Sudoers to provide sudo access to the User.
root@debian:~# apt list --manual-installed=true
Listing... Done
adduser/stable,now 3.118 all [installed]
apt-listchanges/stable,now 3.24 all [installed]
apt-utils/stable,now 2.2.4 amd64 [installed]
apt/stable,now 2.2.4 amd64 [installed]
base-files/stable,now 11.1 amd64 [installed]
base-passwd/stable,now 3.5.51 amd64 [installed]
bash-completion/stable,now 1:2.11-2 all [installed]
bash/stable,now 5.1-2+b3 amd64 [installed]
bind9-dnsutils/stable,now 1:9.16.15-1 amd64 [installed]
bind9-host/stable,now 1:9.16.15-1 amd64 [installed]
bsdutils/stable,now 1:2.36.1-8 amd64 [installed]
busybox/stable,now 1:1.30.1-6+b3 amd64 [installed]
bzip2/stable,now 1.0.8-4 amd64 [installed]
ca-certificates/stable,now 20210119 all [installed]
console-setup/stable,now 1.205 all [installed]
coreutils/stable,now 8.32-4+b1 amd64 [installed]
cpio/stable,now 2.13+dfsg-4 amd64 [installed]

 

Method 2: Using apt-mark command

If you are using latest Ubuntu/Debian version then you can also use apt-mark command to check all the manually installed packages. You just need to run apt-mark showmanual command to check that as you can see below.

root@debian:~# apt-mark showmanual
adduser
apt
apt-listchanges
apt-utils
base-files
base-passwd
bash
bash-completion
bind9-dnsutils
bind9-host
bsdutils
busybox
bzip2
ca-certificates
console-setup
coreutils

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