Synaptic Package Manager

Synaptic is an advanced package management application that can install and remove every package available to your system. The interface is graphical like Add/Remove Applications, but presents much more information and gives you complete control over the software on your computer.

To launch Synaptic, from the System menu choose Administration->Synaptic Package Manager. You need administrative access to use Synaptic.

If you know the name of the package you want to install or remove, click the Search button, and enter the package name or a short search term. You can also search for packages by description (for example, you can find all packages mentioning “arcade” or “mathematics”).

Use the categories on the left to filter the list of packages. To return to the list of categories after doing a search, click Sections.

To install a package, click the box next to it and choose Mark for installation. If you change your mind, choose Unmark. To remove a package that is already installed, choose Mark for Removal.

When you’ve finished, click Apply and Ubuntu will make the changes you selected. If you don’t want to make any changes, close the window instead.