nala: a great wrapper for the APT package manager
nala brings ‘yum/dnf’ aesthetics to apt, with a cleaner and colorful interface.
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- To install nala you need to add a repository on your system (check GitHub page for details).
echo "deb http://deb.volian.org/volian/ scar main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/volian-archive-scar-unstable.list wget -qO - https://deb.volian.org/volian/scar.key | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/volian-archive-scar-unstable.gpg > /dev/null
- Then, update the repository list:
sudo apt update
- Finally, install nala. If you are using Ubuntu 22.04 or Debian Sid (“Unstable”), or any system based on these distribution versions, install
nalapackage. For other Ubuntu/Debian based systems, install
sudo apt install nala
If you try to install
nala on incompatible systems, you’ll receive this message:
You can check if those required packages are on your system repositories (
apt search <package name>).
nala is a wrapper for APT, so you can use it the same way as
apt. You can
sudo nala upgrade
You can see the output is similar to
dnf (Fedora/CentOS package managers), and more colorful. This makes it easier to check which packages will be installed/removed/upgraded. Also, installation process output is simplified and your terminal is not filled with lots of text lines.
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