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How to show all installed packages on Ubuntu

Similar to Debian systems, Ubuntu uses apt and dpkg to do basic package management. The Debian package manager, or dpkg, is available for the task to show all installed packages.

Using dpkg to list packages

Running the dpkg command is as simple as providing only the providing the --list option.

# dpkg --list
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                   Version                                 Architecture Description
ii  adduser                                3.118ubuntu5                            all          add and remove users and groups
ii  amd64-microcode                        3.20191218.1ubuntu2.2                   amd64        Processor microcode firmware for AMD CPUs
ii  apparmor                               3.0.4-2ubuntu2.3                        amd64        user-space parser utility for AppArmor
ii  apport                                 2.20.11-0ubuntu82.5                     all          automatically generate crash reports for debugging
ii  apport-symptoms                        0.24                                    all          symptom scripts for apport
ii  apt                                    2.4.12                                  amd64        commandline package manager
ii  apt-utils                              2.4.12                                  amd64        package management related utility programs
ii  base-files                             12ubuntu4.6                             amd64        Debian base system miscellaneous files
ii  base-passwd                            3.5.52build1                            amd64        Debian base system master password and group files


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